I'll keep it relatively short - I know that lots of times there's nothing more boring than someone else's travelogue. ::wink::
Impressions of Boston and it's environs:
1. Cell phones are surgically implanted in Bostonian's ears at birth. It would be vaguely amusing if it weren't so damn dangerous driving with all of them talking! (I ended up driving the entire time because hubbie forgot his one & only credit card at home, so I had to be the one renting at Hertz. Grrrrr.)
2. You hear about the famous "New England reserve" but we never ran into it. Wherever we went people were unfailingly friendly, helpful and warm. That must be doubly hard to do during tourist season when I'm sure most people just want a little peace & quiet!
3. I felt incredibly claustrophobic in and around Boston. You really can't see anything for the trees and the highways. Then, of course, in Boston proper all you see are the tall, tall buildings! For a girl who spent the first 22 years of her life on the plains of Kansas and the next 22 in the deserts of New Mexico, it would be impossible to ever live there permanently.
"Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above,
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze...."
Well - you get the idea. ::wink:: However, it really was "a nice place to visit." :::Grin:::
4. New Englanders would grind to a halt if there weren't a Dunkin Donuts on every street corner to keep them fueled. hehe
Our second full day, we "did" Boston:
Above: Harvard Square Below: The boys with a "barmaid" downtown
Below - Oh yeah - Did I tell ya it rained??? This is in Quincy Market:
Below: Our friends Alyssa, Sara, Hannah and Chuck
Below: Old North Church
Last, but not least, Paul Revere's House (Doug & Dylan are on the right):
It was a real pilgrimage to see some of these places. Colin was getting sick, I had terrible blisters (from shoes that are fine all day in NM where there is no humidity, but in Boston my feet stuck & rubbed - yuck!!! Who knew?), and we got lost a couple of times. However, it was all worth it. The historian part of me was thrilled to see Paul Revere's grave and walk through the house he lived in. Good stuff!!
But the best stuff came the next day, when I got to meet up with my long-time knitting pal, Robbyn. She posted a lovely synopsis of our day on her blog so there isn't much I can add except to second everything she said. :) It was wonderful to get together & realize that yes, you're really friends and not just blogging buddies. We had none of the dreaded awkward silences (probably 'cause I talk too much :::wink:::) and our conversation was far-ranging and interesting.
Shhhhhhhh!!! If you come closer, you'll see Robbyn in her natural habitat:
(Hmmmm...natural habitat indeed! It would be nice to have a LYS attached to one's home, eh?)
Of course I had to purchase some yarn on our travels. Even though I wasn't planning too. Honest.
The devil made me do it. (And Robbyn is one heck of an enabler!) So - at the Classic Elite Outlet, I picked up this:
L to R: Sand, Flash, and the "River" pattern book.
Did I mention everything was 15% off? That made the Sand 85 cents per skein.
I never had a chance, people.
The Flash is in the Cactus Flower colorway. I have about 8 skeins worth here at home that were frogged from a failed project - not enough to really use for anything. (Because of the generosity of Lisa, I don't even have to use it for "Stacy" - she's sending me the extra 2 skeins I need for my project! What a generous thing to do, eh?) With these extra 10 I'll have enough for a 3/4 or long-sleeved something-or-other. At $2.34/skein, I just had to snatch it up! The pattern book has a couple of sweaters I'm interested in making - more on those later.
I've already started a project with the Sand...including some I had here at home. More on that later too. :::grin:::
Whew! I need to wind things up. Thanks again, Robbyn, for helping make my visit so enjoyable! It was wonderful to see that you're just as warm, funny and caring in person as you are on your blog. :) And folks, she's no slouch in the knitting speed department either. ::wink::
Tomorrow: The end - I promise!