June 26th- Took the Jersey turnpike through the Bronx to Connecticut and Massachusetts. TOOK FOREVER!!!! It took 6 hours for what should have been a 3 1/2 hour drive. Went to Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, MA. It was a nice (free) diversion if you are a fan. On to Plymouth. Due to the morning's delays, we got there too late for Plymouth Plantation and Mayflower (again, even in the summer, everything closes early). The area covering Plymouth Rock was under construction, so in order to see the actual rock, we had to go down a path and zoom in wiith the camera. My daughter was happy seeing the Mayflower and not going on. We stopped in Sharon to see the statue of Deborah Sampson, as my daughter had done a report on her. She is considered the first woman soldier. During the Revolutionary War, she dressed as a man to join the fight. Paul Revere later successfully petitioned Congress to get her full military benefits. We drove into Boston and had a wonderful dinner at Durgin Park. We roamed around, went by the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston, stopped in the Omni Parker House for Parker House rolls and Boston Cream Pie to go. Then on to Peabody, 20 minutes from Boston to stay at the Hampton. This topped off a not very pleasant day. If you miss the entrance, which, in the dark, we did, the is nowhere to turn around forever. You cannot cross this horrible road except for cross-overs every 20 miles or so.
June 27th- Got to Boston to be there when the Old South Meeting House opened for tours. Walked a few blocks to the Granary Burial Ground. Paul Revere is buried there, among others of the era. We were very interested in the skulls with wings on the top of many headstones. I do not know there significance, so if anyone does, please share. As one member of our party cannot walk long distances, we drove over and parked behind the Old North Church ("One if by land, two if by sea"). We walked through Paul Revere Mall with the statue of Paul riding away on horseback, to the Old North Church. We then walked to Pizzeria Regina for FABULOUS pizza, and stopped by Mike's Bakery for canoli's for later. We continued to Concord and the Minuteman National Park. Walked across the North Bridge, the sight of the "shot heard 'round the world". Drove on to Salem. Decided upon the Witch Dungeon Museum from the many choices. Went in expecting a very cheesey, but it was much better than expected. After a very informative reenacment, we were led into the dungeon. Even my 13 year old was a little scared. Planned to have dinner at the Rockmore, but unable to locate the lift, and calls were unanswered, Grabbed a bite somewhere local. Back to Peabody for the night, we knew how to navigate the stupid road now.
June 28th- 8:30am whale watching tour with 7 Seas in Gloucester. We had to wait for a tour bus to arrive so didn't leave until closer to 9:30, but were still back on time. The day was foggy and cold, so we only saw two whales, plus one minke whale. But it was still very exciting to be so close to the massive animals. And foggy is what I expect when I think of being on a boat in New England. We stopped by the Fisherman's Memorial and headed for Maine.
We stopped on the way Wiscasset at Red's for lobster rolls. We are not big fans of mayo, so these rolls, pretty much mounds of lobster with a side of clarified butter, were fabulous. We stayed at the Holiday Inn at Bar Harbor and had a lovely room with a balcony overlooking the water. It was usually to foggy to see the water, but even that was beautiful.