Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Massachusetts, the 2nd half

The second half of our trip seems like a whirlwind. We got a lot accomplished in only 2 days. We did a lot of driving and Kate was a pretty good trooper. (Not perfect, but pretty good.) Here are a few more highlights from the end of our Massachusetts stay. Minute Man National Park in Concord, MA. SUCH a beautiful town. Probably my favorite. This is us standing in front of the North Bridge.

The other side of the Bridge, where the British stood. You can kind of see the bridge in the background behind us.

Grave for British Soldiers in Minute Man National Park.

The Boston MA, temple.

Site of the first house built by the Pilgrims in 1621 in Plymouth, MA.

Plymouth Rock!

You can't go down near the rock, but here we are in front of the monument over the rock.

The Mayflower II, (recreation of the original Mayflower)

Monument to the Fore-Fathers. Plymouth, Ma

The JFK memorial in Hyannis, MA. (If you ever go to Hyannis, don't stay in the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton. It was our most expensive and dumpiest stay the whole weekend.)

Kate in Cape Cod. She still doesn't love the beach. If she could help it, she would find any patch on non-sand area to stand on.

"Kuck, sand my hams!" (aka "Get this sand off my hands right now!") She really doesn't like sand.

Here we are the the very TIP of Cape Cod (Provincetown). This really was a very pretty town and the only place in MA where we didn't see trees.

Tribute to the Pilgrims in Provincetown, Cape Cod. This is actually the site of their very first landing, but they decided to move on over to Plymouth after the Indians were a bit hostile with them. Check out the gargoyles at the top, this thing would have fit in better somewhere in Salem.

Monument on Bunker Hill, Boston MA.

Standing in front of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). This is the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world. You can go aboard it, but we were running out of time so we chose not to.

Our last stop was the Old North Church (where Paul Revere saw the lantern's to warn the colonists how the British were coming) and Paul Revere's home. They are right next to each other.

We tried to make it down to Boston Common to get a picture of the Make Way for Ducklings statue, but we ran into a marathon and couldn't get out of traffic in time. I did see the cute little ducks from the window of the car though.

It was a really neat trip and I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped tend our kids so that I could go with Jarom. I know there were lots of you that helped and we really really appreciate it!


Jennifer P. said...

Welcome home! Looks like you had a great time! Love all the neat pictures too. We're studying American History right now, and I've been showing the boys how the things we read about really look (like how tiny Plymouth Rock really is!). So thanks for helping with our lessons!

Oh--I also have to ask what you meant by having water in your phone lines? Did somebody drop the phone into water or did it come from some external source? Just wondering becuase if it's the drop the phone in the water thing then my kids are sure to call 911 like that one day!

Lee Ann said...

Looks like a great trip! I'm jealous. I'm already tired of our rain and want out of here. I better start planning my February escape because by then I'm completely crazy. How was the flight home?

Anonymous said...

Lee Ann- The flight home actually went better because the Benedryl worked and she slept 3 out of the 4 hours the first leg. However, we had a 3 hour layover in Denver and by the time we got on the plane she was WIRED! It was 1 AM to our bodies and I think she got her 2nd wind. She didn't sleep a wink, but luckily the flight was fairly empty and she got her own seat. And the kid behind me was talking and laughing LOUDLY the entire ride so she kept peeking over the seat and trying to bother him. I didn't really try to stop her seeing as he didn't really mind that he was bothering everyone else. And thankfully, that leg is only about an hour, so it went quickly.

becky ward said...

What a great trip! I would love to go there again...especially with people who are passionate about American history. Glad you had such a good time!

LouandAngela said...

Elena, you look darling! Looks like you've lost weight too. What are you doing? I love that coat on Kate! She's so darling! Thanks for the great blogs! I love going on trips vicariously! :) Maybe someday I'll go on one myself! :)