2012 Eastern United States travel blog

Boston, MA - Hanscom AFB FamCamp - site 21

Boston, MA - Hanscom AFB FamCamp - site 21, another view

Boston, MA - Hanscom AFB FamCamp - site 46

Boston, MA - Hanscom AFB FamCamp - site 46, another view

Jersey City, NJ to Boston, MA 0 - our route 236 miles

Jersey City, NJ to Boston, MA 1 - the George Washington Bridge

Jersey City, NJ to Boston, MA 2 Entering Connecticutt

Jersey City, NJ to Boston, MA 3 - Entering Massachusetts

Jersey City, NJ to Boston, MA 4 - the Massachusetts Turnpike -...

Boston 1 - Faneuil Hall - Stores in the bottom but meetings...

Boston 2 - Statue of Samual Adams outside Faneuil Hall

Boston 3 - Quincy Market, also called Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Boston 4 - The "new" Massachussetts State House built in 1798

Boston 5 - Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox -...

Boston 6 - Side view of Fenway Park

Boston 7 - Statue of Ted Williams and a small boy outside...

Boston 8 - Paul Revere's home

Boston 9 - The back of Paul Revere's home

Boston 10 - The steeple of the North Church where the two...

Boston 11 - The lower portion of the Trinity Church

Boston 12 - The upper part of the Trinity Church

Boston 13 - The original 'Cheers' bar entrance

Boston 14 - The sign next to our booth at the Bull...

Boston 15 - The Zakim-Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge spanning the Charles River...

Boston 16 - The Boston Skyline

Boston 17 - The Bunker Hill Memorial obelisk

Boston 18 - The TD Garden where the Celtics and Bruins play

Boston 19 - The USS Constitution 'Old Ironsides'

Boston 20 - The Zakim-Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, another view

Boston 21 - Another view of the Boston skyline from another area...

Boston 22 - A couple of ships with full sails leaving the...

Salem Trip 1

Salem Trip 2

Salem Trip 3

Salem Trip 4

Salem Trip 5

Salem Trip 6

Salem Trip 7 - The House of Seven Gables - five can...

Salem Trip 8- Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace

Salem Trip 9 - The Salem Lighthouse

ME and NH Loop 1 - lots of beautiful old churches up...

ME and NH Loop 2 - a spine to advertise a chiropractor

ME and NH Loop 3

ME and NH Loop 4 - we were lost trying to find...

ME and NH Loop 5 - space is at a premium here

ME and NH Loop 6 - that's the US-1 bridge across the...

ME and NH Loop 7 - but we made it anyway

ME and NH Loop 8 - one of these on EVERY corner...

ME and NH Loop 9 - beautiful old buildings along US-1

ME and NH Loop 10

ME and NH Loop 11 - late in the day and headed...

Our trip from NYC to Boston was 236 miles and took about 4½ hours. I missed my turn off of I-95 and had to take the George Washington bridge into the Bronx and then Connecticut instead of taking the Tappanzee Bridge which is much farther North and misses the Bronx. Luckily there was no delay crossing the bridge this time. Two years ago it took us almost two hours just to get to the bridge. The main problem this time was the extremely rough roads through the Bronx and on through until you get to CT. We did get through it but left a Freightliner hub cover off the front wheel somewhere along the way.

We arrived at the Hanscom AFB FamCamp a little after noon and all of the full hookup sites were in use so we had to take a very delightful site back in the woods that only had water and 50 amps but we also couldn't get the satellite through the trees. Monday morning a full hookup site opened up and we got set up in it in short order complete with satellite, 50 amp full hookups and good Verizon service. The campground also has free WiFi which is OK during the day but becomes intolerably slow at night when everyone is here. The FamCamp is actually off base on the opposite side of the airstrip but is still secluded from the public.

Tuesday we went into Boston to get our "T" (the subway) legs and do a little shopping at Quincy Market. We were able to get seven-day unlimited passes for the subway for $18 each which is $9 less than the same thing in NYC. The "T" is much more similar to the DC subway than the NYC subway with fewer train stops and the subsequent greater distance between stops. It is also has more escalators and elevators which makes it much easier on Doris when changing trains so she isn't climbing up and down long stairways. The closest "T" station to the FamCamp is at Alewife which has adequate parking for $7/day and is about 20 easy minutes from the campground.

Wednesday was July 4th so we just stayed in camp and cooked out and enjoyed the fireworks displays on TV. Boston has one of the best displays, including the Boston Pops, but we didn't want to fight the subway crowds to get back after the fireworks.

Thursday and Friday we went into Boston and saw the sights. We had two-day Old Town Trolley tickets and used it to get around the city after taking the "T" in. The Old Town Trolley tickets also include a 45 minute cruise of Boston harbor. We managed to see all the important historical sites and even managed to work in a late lunch at the Bull and Finch Pub whose exterior was used for the shots of the Cheers television show. Of course it is called Cheers now and has another location at Quincy Market near Faneuil Hall.

Saturday was spent touring the witch sights in Salem, including the Wax Museum which was pretty rinky-dink but it did give a good history lesson of the witch trials in 1692 to 1693. We also made a stop at the House of Seven Gables made famous by the author Nathanial Hawthorne.

Sunday we took Michelle on a circular route up through New Hampshire up to Kittery, ME and then back West to Concord, NH and back down to our campground just outside Bedford, MA. Kittery, ME is mostly known as a shopping area with several outlet malls and quite a few other unique shops. Michelle, the shopping queen, had a great time there!

Monday was spent getting Michelle all packed back up for her trip home. Tuesday morning we took her into Logan Airport and she flew out about noon but didn't get to Jacksonville until 10:00 p.m. due to a four-hour delay of her Baltimore-Jacksonville flight. Needless to say this, combined with the all day flight to get from Jacksonville to Birmingham to Chicago to Newark three weeks ago, has turned her more than a little against ever taking Southwest Airlines anywhere again.

The rest of this week has just been spent getting the Mothership cleaned back up and ready for continuing the rest of this Summer's trip, along with copious amounts of doing nothing after a very busy last month. If we never see a big city again, it will not disappoint us in the least.

Since we don't plan on doing anything of consequence tomorrow, I am going to go ahead and post this stay a day ahead of time. Sunday we head for the Catskill Mountains for a week-long stay.

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