We were sad to say good-bye to Boston after having such a great time here. But, this morning we had to clean up, pack up, and head out. After we packed the van, stopped by Mike's Pastry for a whole box of cannolis this time :) we headed across the Charles River to see the USS Constitution. We stopped at a little Paul Revere park on the way and dropped off our first travel bug! Anyway, we got a little lost on our walk to the USS Constitution, but eventually hopped some fences and found our way through the front gate:) It was VERY HOT, but we stood in line for awhile waiting for a tour through the old ship. We are glad we waited. The tour was very neat and it was amazing to be able to step aboard such a part of history.
We were very glad that they explicitly stated that you should NOT pick up the cannon balls and made sure Eli was aware of this rule :) And Micah only tried once....
Unfortunately, we could not stay longer to check out the museum, which I hear is quite cool, because we accidentally swiped the condo keys, not realizing this until we were in line to see the old gal, and had to hustle back to the rental office drop off box. Oh well.
I read about a child-friendly Tavern in Charlestown in one of my Family Fun magazines, so we thought we'd try it out. It was a neat, old little place with some good history. However, as Abby clearly (and loudly) pointed out, it did "stink." Musty urine is what I smelled...but the food was good...
Last stop=Bunker Hill Monument. Steve, Zeke and Abby climbed the 294 steps to the top while mommy occupied Eli and Micah with pennies and acorns. Micah only knocked down one flag pole, which luckily missed a nice statue...I was so flustered I forgot to read who the statue was honoring! I was assured by one nice fellow (NOT one of the National Park Rangers) that he was probably not the only child to do that. That did not make me feel any better. Nice try, though...this was the only time this whole trip that I felt at my wit's end :)
We also had good timing and were there while they performed a musket firing. There were 2 misfires, but apparently that happened a lot. Steve took lots of pics of this, so he must have enjoyed this part, thus it makes the blog cut :)
And that was our farewell to Boston! Thanks to my mom, Marge, Family Fun, and a dozen other on-line resources that helped make our trip AWESOME! New Hampshire, here we come!