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Published: July 22nd 2013
In Faneuil Hall Marketplace
21 July, 2013
On Friday we left Dexter, NY, and drove south then east past the Adirondacks and through the Mohawk Valley and into Massachusetts. We wandered some backroads in western Mass until we found our way to E. Otis, MA.
On Saturday we drove around Springfield, MA, then south into Rhode Island and then out again before finally finding Sandy Pond Campground in Plymouth, MA. Only it isn’t. It isn’t in Plymouth, but 20 miles south. We have discovered that Massachusetts roads change names and numbers randomly. And some people who give directions don’t know north from south on a regular basis. By the way, Rhode Island was my 49th
state, so whoo-hoo for me.
We met some very nice people in the next campsite at Sandy Pond and they gave us very good directions to get to Boston, which we did this morning. We got up and out early (for us) and drove up to Boston. We managed to even get right where we wanted to go, which was next to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. We used their facilities then headed over to catch the trolley tour for which we had bought tickets. Our first stop was
Love these copper bay windows
This building was just a few doors down from the Paul Revere House
the North End, or Boston’s Little Italy. From there we walked to Paul Revere’s House, then over to the Old North Church and Copps Hill Burial Ground, then back to where we left the trolley. Our next stop was the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) at the Charlestown Navy Yard and the USS Constitution Museum. From there we could see the Bunker Hill Monument, but didn’t walk up there, as I was trying to save my strength. So I guess you could say we never saw the whites of their eyes.
Once back on the trolley, we decided to just ride for a while. Our driver, Giovanni, was very entertaining and informative and we thoroughly enjoyed riding past the Boston Common, the Public Gardens, Christian Science Plaza, and Fenway Park before crossing the Charles River and driving through a bit of Cambridge and MIT. The trolley then took us across the Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River to the State House on Beacon Hill, where we got off and walked through Boston Common to the Park Street Church and Granary Burying Ground. By then we were getting pretty tired. I have to admit that my dogs were barking. Kerry couldn’t
Paul Revere House
the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston, built in 1680.
seem to find us a trolley stop, so we ended up walking back to Faneuil Hall and our parking garage. We were more than shocked to find out that it cost us $35 to park there. I should have printed out the map with the cheap parking garages. Lesson learned.
We stopped in Plymouth on the way back to the campground and saw the Plymouth Rock, which was less than impressive, but I guess it’s just a symbol. But Kerry said if they ran into that rock, their captain must not have been much of a navigator. The bay there was very pretty with lots of boats moored. There is a replica of the Mayflower there somewhere, but we didn’t see it and the crowds and parking were more than we, in our tired state, we willing to fight.
So after a quick trip to Walmart, we came back to the camper and crashed. I think we will both sleep well tonight. I should mention that though it has been fiercely hot in the northeast, the weather was much cooler today for our excursion. The highest I saw was 81 degrees. I thank God for that.
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