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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Autumn in New England

Have you had enough of my incessant blogging about this past weekend? Are you sick of me bragging about all the fun I had with my sister in law, Connie? This might be the last post about it.


As soon as we left the airport we headed for the subway. But, some nice guys on the bus told us to take the water taxi instead. So, we did! I'm telling you---we just did whatever the heck we felt like this WHOLE DANG WEEKEND!

This pic is of Connie and our water taxi cab driver. We were the only ones and he told us a little bit about the hahbah (which I'm told is the same word for harbor) and some of the buildings. He dropped us off right where we needed to go and that probably saved us a good 30 minutes or so. Time is a precious commodity when it gets dark at 4:30pm.
We went to Fanueil Hall and the food court at Quincy Market. I was able to cross two food items off my list with one lunch. I ate a lobstah roll and some clam chowdah. They were pretty tasty.
Then we decided to do the hop on/off trolley tour and we got off at the Prudential building to do their skywalk tour. About the trolley...our driver, Sean, was AMAZING! He was really funny and full of information. My favorite was about the Boston Molassacre. He drove us into Cambridge and I saw MIT. Carl was accepted there to go to grad school but the fellowship they were offering was the same amount as he would get at Purdue. Cost of living, anyone? While living in Massachusetts could have been a lot of fun, I'm glad we didn't miss out on all those years in Indiana.

This picture is of Fenway park. I took it up at the Prudential tower. They have an audio tour that is really nice and the views were fantastic. It was a really nice day to be out and about.
We ended our day in the North End. We ate Italian food and went to Mike's Pastry. I had some Boston Cream Pie (of course!). Actually, I just took it to go. I ate it for breakfast on Day Two.

Day Two: Some Culture and Rhode Island

We got up and headed over to the Classic Elite Hub Mill Yarn store. It was pretty darn awesome. They have $1 and $2 bins, bags of stuff for $20, loads of discounted Classic Elite yarns, and even some other yarn thrown in for good measure. Poor Connie. She went in for a few minutes and then sat in the car to talk on the phone while I shopped. I forget sometimes that most people don't like to browse in yarn shops. It took me a while to decide what to get. It finally came down to something I knew that I would absolutely love (as opposed to something that was a super deal but not something I really "needed" or would love to knit). I bought some Classic Elite Lush in Keys Green. I bought enough to make a sweater for me.

Then we drove down to Walden Pond. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?
We next headed over to Orchard House. This is the home of Louisa May Alcott. I couldn't take pictures inside but you can get some views by checking out that website. There was a swift and some other knitting items in Abigail's room. I thought I would enjoy this museum but I was surprised that it was probably my favorite place to visit (besides the yarn shop, of course) on the whole trip. I'm going to have to re-read Little Women now!

After Orchard House we drove down to Stoughton to the IKEA. Yes, we went to IKEA!! I bought some things for the kids and for our bathroom. Good thing I brought an extra bag for the trip home. We then made a quick trip down to Rhode Island. By this time it was about 4:30pm and getting dark. We just headed across the border, drove around for a few minutes and then came back home. Now I can say I've been to Rhode Island!

Day Three: New Hampshire and Maine

We drove up to Maine (bonus state: New Hampshire) so I could go to the beach and we went to the Kittery Outlets as well. At the outlets I bought some dress slacks for Carl ($6 each!) and we had lunch. This is where I ate lobster. YUMMY, YUMMY wicked lobster. It was so delicious. I didn't take a picture because I got the Lazy Man's Lobster where they get all the meat out for you. I didn't know what I was doing so I figured that would be best. I was right. I ate so much good stuff that I really feel like I need a week to "detox" from all the rich, delicious food we ate.

It was almost getting dark so we hurried up to York Beach to take a few pictures. Here is one to prove that I was actually there. Yes, it was cold. Who else would go to a Maine beach in November? Just me!

That concludes my lovely trip to New England. I'm back home now and getting back into my routine. I've got a craft fair tonight and I'm stressing out preparing for it. Normal stuff.

I had a great time but I am glad to be home.

Where would you spend a weekend for some alone time?


  1. next time you have to stay a bit longer :-) I'm glad you had fun!

  2. Very nice! I hope you had a nice trip!

  3. I'm so jealous right now. That sounds like a blast. Bruce's preschool was out last Friday and Monday and what with the Y not being an option anymore I'm ready for a solo vacation.

    I would go on the regional society of children's writers retreat. You get a shared room in a cabin in the woods and there are workshops and speakers and critique groups and...I better stop talking about it.

    Anyway, I'm glad you had fun. You deserve it.

  4. What a fun trip! I've never been up that way but enjoy your pictures!

  5. Loren was accepted to MIT too. Our old Bishop in Wyoming told him to apply because he has gone to Harvard himself. We're glad we picked Purdue too.

    Wow, awesome trip. MMM where would I go? I would love to go somewhere where I know my way around. Maybe Denver...I know, that's a little nerdy.

  6. It looks like you had fun. I love the picture with all the changing leaf colors. Good luck tonight!!

  7. How wonderful. I need a vacation!

  8. Those are beautiful pictures!!!

  9. Anonymous8:23 PM

    I'm glad you had a good time - you deserve it.

  10. Anonymous5:03 PM

    You have great trip re-caps. :> Mary and I went with our folks to Maine when we were lttile (actually, Boston, but it was raining to much). We loved the beaches in Maine(other than icey water), great memories!
    Are we still going to San Antonion in May????
    Megan in NM

  11. We're going to San Antonio as soon as Mary's ready for it!