Thursday, August 27, 2015

12 Year Anniversary: Boston Trip Part 2

Okay onto day 2! This is now Saturday, 8/1/15.

This was also an adventure packed day. We first started out with a yummy breakfast. Joe had recommended this diner called Bickford in a neighboring town.

My breakfast, omelet.

Matt's, The Big Apple
I went simple with an omelet, but no Matt had to get an item that took 20 mins to cook. He picked what's called The Big Apple. Basically, what it is a baked pancake with apples, cinnamon and sugar. As you can see that is all he could eat. He did have potatoes brought out before this. We took it back with us to have for breakfast the next day.

After breakfast, we went back to the house to meet up with Joe and his girlfriend Katie. She and I clicked right away. Matt and I like her, she's a good match for Joe. Once the introductions we done we piled into the car and headed into Concord. Joe was going to take Katie and I to Orchard House, of course Matt tagged along. EEK!!! sidenote: Katie is new the Boston area and hadn't been there yet.

Orchard House
Okay, if you don't know what Orchard House is, I'll tell you. It's the home of Louisa May Alcott. She's the author of Little Women. Now the light bulb went off. ;) We got there just as the 10:30 tour was going to start. It was so neat to be in the home that inspired Little Women. I learned a lot of interesting facts about Louisa and her family.

After the tour we went to the Sleepy Hollow cemetery in Concord. Okay so this is where we have little side adventure. We went to the originally cemetery next to the church. We looked and looked and couldn't find her. Then a local said there's a larger cemetery down the road where she's buried. So take a walk down there. Again we look and look and still can't find her. Then we notice a little trail and that took us to the family plot. Come to find out we could have driven there! We take some pictures.

She's buried on Author Hill next to Thoreau and Emerson. Who by the way were really good friends with the Alcott family. We weren't planning on coming here but was still fun.

Once we get back to the car, we head over to the Concord Battleground. You know the place, "The shot heard around the world." It's a very peaceful place.

Bridge that crosses the creek to the field

Emerson quote just outside the trail

Just a fun fact, the Minuteman statue that's there was sculpted by one of May Alcott's (little sister to Louisa, portrayed as Amy in the Little Women) art students. Who also sculpted the Lincoln Memorial. (Photobomb: if you look you can see Joe and Katie hugging behind the statue.)

After taking in the view of the battleground, Joe suggested we go to Walden Pond. At this point Matt and I really wanted to see if we good get to Maine to have some fresh lobster, so we took Joe and Katie back and said we would try to see Walden Pond later.

We head out to Maine. From where we were staying the Maine border is less than hour away. So naturally we thought good, we can go eat see some sites and come back. NOPE!! OH MAN! The traffic was horrendous! It took us over 2 hours to get into Maine!!! So we decided to do a drive by of the Atlantic Ocean, total bummer I wanted to enjoy the beach for a little bit.

Needless to say we didn't get to enjoy fresh lobster. :( We turned around and make our way down to Salem. Since it took us so long to get to Maine we also did a drive by of the House of Seven Gables.

Joe's mom was making us dinner, and we wanted to make sure we were back in time. We had a yummy Italian dinner waiting when we walked in the door. We enjoyed some fun conversations with Joe and his parents.

That wraps up day 2. Stay tuned for day 3!

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