Massachusetts Day 2

If we were tired from our busy day through Rhode Island, Cape Cod and Cambridge, our second day in Massachusetts was going to make that look easy.  We had 12 hours of Boston sight seeing ahead of us!
We were up bright and early to take our Duck Tour through Boston.  My sister Mel lived in Boston while she attended law school and told us to be sure to take the Duck Tour.  It did not disappoint. 
 The ride is on Duck trucks that can navigate land and water.  They were developed in World War II by GMC to deliver supplies and troops over land and water.

The captain of our duck toured us around the city pointing out the important landmarks and then ended the tour with a splash into the Charles River.
Each of the kids got a chance to drive the DUCK boat!
 After we had a glimpse of the city we headed off for the Freedom Trail.
The trail travels through 16 important historical landmarks from the colonial days over a 2.5 mile path that is marked with brick.
We started at Boston Common and wound our way to Faneuil Hall.
 I had a print out with the history of each of the points.  It was a very educational day.  Max and I were both surprised to learn things that we had remember differently from our American History classes.  Time has a way of changing your perception of events.  We remembered the Boston Massacre much differently from what it was.  We were also very surprised to learn how early in our political system propaganda by powerful men directed important events.
 Walking through our history was great, but I think one of the favorite parts for everyone was stopping for clam chowder at Quincy Market.

 It was so good Hank needed a second cup!
On our way to Fenway park we wanted to stop and see some of the churches we saw on the Duck tour a little closer.  Our first stop was the Old South Church, which was built in 1669.  While Max and I have been lucky enough to see some amazing architecture in Europe, this was the kid's first experience seeing such grand and beautiful buildings.  They just don't make them this way anymore.
 Then we went to the Trinity Church and were able to tour the inside.  The beauty of the stainless glass windows and murals was breath taking.  The majestic beauty of the church made you feel like you were entering somewhere very special and spiritual.  We all enjoyed a moment of prayer as a family.
Our soundtrack for Boston was Boston Strong, so we wanted to stop by the site of the Boston Bombings.  It was moving to look at the images of the rubble lined street and be standing in the very location that it had taken place.
After a long day of walking around Boston and learning much about our country's beginnings, it was time for enjoying America's greatest pastime at Fenway Park.  Max is a big baseball fan and we had so much fun taking the crew to Wriggly, we wanted to be sure to experience one of the most famous ballparks in America.
We got to the park early and the pitchers were warming up in the bullpen.  At the end they handed out a few balls and cutie pie Kaitlin was lucky enough to be handed one!  It was the highlight of the game.  I think Max was more excited than she was! :)  Karlie learned how to keep score of the game and we all indulged in the best of ballpark food.  We had a home run of a day and the Red Socks broke a 7 game losing streak.  Maybe we were good luck!
One thing we did not enjoy was riding the subway.  Crowded, smelly with more than a handful of rude people.  We had quite the time trying to get all 6 of us on and off.  At one point I thought we left one of the kids on the subway.  We were all relieved to get back to our hotel and crashed to sleep.
As we left Boston early the next morning, we wanted to finish up our Freedom Trail.  We stopped by the USS Constitution but it was closed for restoration.  We walked down the dock trying to get a glimpse of it and found this pretty ship, but have no idea what it is.
 Next we drove to Bunker Hill Monument which marks the first time the ill prepared and untrained Colonist held their own against the British Army.  It is believed the Colonel William Prescott ordered  "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" because they were so low on gunpowder and supplies.
While the battle at the time was considered a defeat, the toll it took on the British army encouraged the common Colonist that they could stand up against a well trained and supplied army.
 The geographic distance to cover is much smaller back East but there is so much history and so much too see.  On these trips it is always hard to decide where to dedicate our time, but I feel like we did a pretty good job covering Boston.
We were all ready to get out of the city and find the freedom of the open road with New Hampshire just an hour away!

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