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Memorial Day weekend 2001 was upon us...

Boston skyline from the Charles on the Duck Tour

...so Wayne, Ben and Craig took to the air Friday afternoon for a trip to Boston. I travel to Boston often for business but neither Ben or Craig had ever been there. It offered the promise of seeing some American history while having a good time. Mary Lou begged off because of the two 6 hour flights for a short stay. Our flight from LAX had the whole Marilyn Manson group (including Marilyn) in the seats directly in front of us. We could see that they were a group right away, but we didn't recognize them without makeup until we asked the flight attendant. We took a taxi to our hotel, the Cambridge Marriott, and grabbed a late dinner in the sports bar at the hotel while we watched the Lakers win a playoff game.

Saturday May 26th 2001

We started our first day by getting our 3 day MBTA Visitor passes and heading out for the start of the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is about 2.5 miles long and passes 16 historical sites. It is marked by a red line on the sidewalk or by double red bricks embedded in the sidewalk (first picture below). It starts on Boston Common, passes the State House, the Park Street Church and the adjacent Old Granary Burying Ground. The graves of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams (who lived to be over 80), among others are all here (last three pictures below).

Seventh inning stretch at Fenway Park

Continuing along the trail, we passed the site of the first public school and the site of the Boston Massacre (first two pictures below). The Boston Massacre site is right in front of the Old State House, marked by a round cobblestone inset in the sidewalk. I have passed over this site a hundred times walking from the State Street T stop to PDC's Boston office without knowing what it was. Near Faneuil Hall, we stopped at BosTix to get half price seats for the Blue Man Group show that night. We took a quick turn over to State Street to show the kids the Corporate office of my company - Product Development Consulting (third picture below). After a quick lunch at the South Market, we began the long part of the trail past the "Big Dig" over to the Bunker Hill Monument (fourth picture below).

We finished the Freedom Trail at the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship still afloat (first picture below). We took the water shuttle back from Charles Shipyard to Long Wharf (second picture below) and headed for Legal Seafoods in Cambridge by our hotel for dinner. The Kendall Square T Station has an interesting gadget that the kids discovered to make chimes in the middle of the track ring (third picture below). After dinner we took the T to the Charles Playhouse for the 10pm show of the Blue Man Group. The Blue Man Group show is a combination of techno music, humor and audience participation. It was very entertaining for adults and kids. 

Sunday May 27th

It was raining in the morning so we brought our umbrellas and took the T to Harvard. We walked all around the campus (fourth picture above and first picture below) and then through Harvard Square, stopping at some bookshops and the COOP along the way. We checked at the hotel to ensure the Red Sox game was not canceled and headed over to Fenway Park. Mary Anne, from PDC's Boston office, had arranged for tickets from a friend in the second row just behind third base. The seats were great, and even though we didn't catch any foul balls, there were plenty flying around us. The second and third pictures below show our seats and the view from them. The large picture near the top right of this page is a picture of all three of us during the 7th inning stretch. Fog set in after the game and Ben shot the fourth picture below of the John Hancock Building with the top floors hidden by fog. We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe near Copley and then headed back to Cambridge. We walked around a bit of MIT's campus before retiring for the night.

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Monday May 28th - Memorial Day

On our last morning in Boston we headed over to the Prudential Building to take the Duck Tour. The Duck Tour uses refurbished amphibious vehicles built for use in WW2 to do a combination land and sea tour. The first picture below shows the vehicle. The second picture shows Ben and Craig in their seat after the "big splash" and the third and fourth pictures show Ben driving (!) the vehicle around Boston Harbor while the tour guide did the commentary.

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