OTR Wk 2: Boston, Nor’easter, leaf peeping

Getting around can be a challenge in this day and age, given all the four-wheel vehicles on the road. This Penny Whistle bike is in a bike shop in Lansdale. PA. The age of motoring is scarcely more than a hundred years old.

Cogitation 41/218 Saturday 12 October 2019 From Boston to Rockport, (MA), to a color tour in New Hampshire, On The Road, Week 2, proved movingly first rate.

Boston

We stayed in suburban Boston with great-niece Jenny and her husband Rory, along with Jenny’s mom Jan and husband John. Jan and John, Marty and I walked the 2.5 mile (4 km) Freedom Trail that features 16 locations that played a part in the City’s Colonial and Revolutionary history.

Iris, ready for toss ball, or something similar. “She owns us,” Jenny says.

We had a nice lunch at The Green Dragon Tavern, opened in 1657. Proprietor John J. Somers’ place mat message: “May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends, but rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness, from this day forward. Slainte!”

Green Dragon Tavern. Its New England Clam Chowder’s so fine. I admit, another day I enjoyed a bowl of Boston Baked Beans.

We walked through the narrow streets of row houses of Beacon Hill, bordering Boston Common and Public Park.

Beacon Hill.
Jesus and the Children c. 1904, one of 16 Tiffany windows of Arlington Street Church. Visit at asctiffany.org.
Marty at the Boston Marathon Memorial on Boylston Street, where three people lost their lives and 264 were injured April 15, 2013. This memorial honors Krystle Campbell, 29-year-old runner with the inscription “All we have lost is brightly lost.” A second memorial, nearby, to Lingzi Lu, age 23, Martin Richard, age 8), and two police officers, has the inscription: “Let us climb, now, the road to hope.” The memorials were dedicated in August 2019.

Rockport, Massachusetts

We encountered a real Nor’easter wind on Thursday in Rockport. Our walks were cut short by the driving wind, but the day was filled with a fine seafood lunch, sashays through shops and a mandatory stop at Tuck’s Candy Factory, “Famous Since 1929.” So fine in 2019.

Rockport, Massachusetts, (not Maine). Maine comes next week.

Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

This 34-mile-long highway through the White Mountain National Forest is rated one of the best leaf-peeping regions in New England. We did the tour on Friday, Perfect.

Changes in transit

The New Haven (CT) Trolley Line operated from 1860-1948. This trolley was parked at our motel in East Haven where we stayed Sunday night. We did not take time to visit The Shore Trolley Line Museum in East Haven, home base for operation of the last remaining 1 1/2 miles of the line. We were bound for Boston on the interstate system organized under President “Ike” Eisenhower.
We took the train into Boston from our suburban home-stay with Rory and Jenny.

Journey on.

-John

4 thoughts on “OTR Wk 2: Boston, Nor’easter, leaf peeping

  1. Karen Moshier-Shenk

    The storm meant that Adam’s ship could not dock in either Gloucester or Boston which meant that Jeremy, who had joined him, could not get off as planned!

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    1. John Bender Post author

      Big pond, small world. Adam must be having a ball on sea and land. And the rest of you, too. We’re enjoying views of the sea from more ports of call than I’d imagined. Onward!

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  2. Monty Williams

    Thanks, John. Enjoy your Eastern Color Tour! Nice to see that there is now a Boston Marathon Memorial. Ginger and I walked the “Freedom Trail” a few years ago.

    Monty & Ginger

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