Saturday, May 23, 2009

On a Short Vacation

Took Wednesday - Friday off this week and the US celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, so getting a nice stretch of time off without using too many vacation days.

Wednesday was a perfect day. The weather was absolutely perfect --sunny, low 70s F. MW, Skip's aide, took her out to get a hair cut and take a trip to Home Depot. While they were out, I started to make some headway on the home to do list. When they got back, they sat out on the patio for a bit to have cigars (Skip's number one vice). After a while, I sat and visited with Skip. No pressures, unbelievable weather, our anniversary. Just lovely.

Yesterday, friends from Ontario arrived. They'll be with us until Monday morning. It's great to see them; it's a drag they live so far away.

Today, we're heading into Boston to walk part of the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a path that links a dozen or so historic sites in the city together. It starts in the Boston Common (which is a large park in the center of the city), goes to the State House, on to some historic churches and so on. As a long-time resident of Boston and surrounding towns, I, of course, have never walked the Freedom Trail. I'm looking forward to it. I've never been inside most of the stops along the way but have driven or walked past most all of them hundreds of times.

Surprisingly, the Freedom Trail's website does not give mention to handicapped accessibility info on the buildings included. I am cautiously optimistic that these historic sites are accessible. (Of course, I remember on our trip to Washington, DC, the elevator at the Lincoln Memorial was broken and Skip couldn't get up to see the amazing Chester French statue of Lincoln.)

One fun thing we'll do at the start of the day is walk through the Public Gardens (which are next to the Common). It should be lovely this time of year. Skip especially loves spending time in the Public Gardens and Boston Common because the squirrels are very tame. If you have peanuts for them, they'll come right up to you for the treat.

We have a slight chance of showers forecast for today. We'll bring our umbrellas, but I'm cautiously optimistic we won't need them. Today should be quite a treat.


Herrad said...

Hi Cranky,

Hope you all have a great day.


awb said...

Boston is a great town to visit. When we were there last time we spent a few days at Fenway, went whale watching, took the duck tour, and visited with family. Have a great time with your company, and here's hoping the weather stays great.


Cranky said...

Herrad and Andy - thanks for your notes. We did end up having fun in Boston, great weather. Never did make it to the Freedom Trail ... just stayed in the Public Gardens.

Andy - I love the duck tour. When I worked in Boston, I once chartered one and took my team from work on it. It was great!

awb said...

My mother isn't the bravest sailor in the fleet. She was getting nervous how close we were getting to the water! She still hasn't lived that one down.