We spent the long Labor Day weekend visiting Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park in Maine. It was our first visit in 10 years, and thus our first visit with the kids. I’ve been blogging long enough to have a full travelogue of our “babymoon” in 2007 still online.
We stayed at terrific vacation home in Bass Harbor on the “quiet side” of the island.
Last Thursday, my daughter and I attended the Oldtime Baseball Game in Cambridge, MA. This annual event features players wearing woolen baseball uniforms in the style of classic major and minor league teams of the past. The players are mostly college and high school players from across the country, plus a handful of celebrities. This year Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez returned to the mound and with him came big crowds.
I’d attended the Oldtime Baseball Game several times before, but not since I moved south of the river from Somerville to Jamaica Plain ten years ago. It’s good to see that the fundraiser is growing more popular even though it meant that we ended up having to sit 4 people deep behind the outfield fence. And it was a treat to see Pedro pitch again. I believe he allowed no baserunners in his two innings pitched, and he even came to bat (albeit striking out), something he didn’t do all too often in a Red Sox uniform.
Trying to take photos with a chainlink fence in the way and my daughter grabbing my arm at the wrong moment was challenging, but here are some of the photographs that came out ok.
The baserunner here is Lindsay Berra, Yogi’s granddaughter.
Yesterday I participated in the Charles River Conservancy’s annual City Splash event at the Arthur Fiedler Pier just off the Esplanade. Jumping into Charles River may seem frightening to some, after all this is the river that inspired the song “Dirty Water.” But this event is partly to show that decades of work and investment into cleaning the river making it one of the cleanest urban rivers in America. I can’t tell you how exhilarating is is to drop into the river’s cool waters after a long day of work and float while looking up at the Back Bay skyline. This was my second City Splash, and I hope to do it again, maybe even more than once a year. The Charles River Conservancy is working to make Charles River swimming a permanent summer feature by building a swim park adjacent to North Point Park. This wouldn’t be the first time as the North End Beach allowed residents of local tenements a place to bathe over 100 years ago (although there was probably less concern for water quality back then).
I’ve lived in Boston for nearly 19 years and yesterday I finally made it to Castle Island in South Boston. We joined a group of families of my son’s baseball buddies and picked up lunch at the famous Sullivan’s (no known relation). Along with picnicking in a cool, shady spot, there were games of bocce and pickle, and a stroll along the promenade. Here are some photographs of the stunning views on a glorious day. I shan’t wait 19 years to return.
Aer Lingus landing
Sailboat and Spectacle Island
Boston in the haze
Imperial walkers take over the waterfront.
Don’t know what these things are but they’re photogenic.
On Independence Day we went to the members’ party on the roof of the Museum of Science parking garage to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The fireworks were actually a bit obstructed (damn you Royal Sonesta hotel!) but there were beautiful views of the surrounding cityscape as the sun set on the 4th of July.
We enjoyed a five-day whirlwind tour of the Sunshine State including visits to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom theme parks, a spring training game at the Red Sox JetBlue Park, beach-side activities in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and an airboat tour at Everglades Holiday Park.
On Saturday we went on a Halloween Prowl at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. For this non-scary activity, we were lead along a candlelit trail through the woods where we met costumed characters telling their stories, including a druid, an opossum, a dragonfly, a dung beetle, a witch, and my absolute favorite, a great blue heron singing Sinatra tunes (“…egrets, I’ve known a few…). Along the way we saw a barn full of jack-o-lanterns and finished off with a hot cocoa, popcorn, s’mores, and a campfire singalong. It was a great family activity, and while it seemed to be mostly younger children even my nearly 9-year-old son enjoyed it (except for the singalong, which he wanted to leave as soon as possible, as is his wont).
To celebrate the beautiful weather our autumnal holiday, I wanted to get out of the city, get the kids outdoors, and enjoy some foliage. We go to do all three with a visit to Old Sturbridge Village, where we also witnessed an ox plowing competition, rode on a stagecoach, watched a musketry demonstration, and was amazed by a potter at at work at the wheel, among other things.
Here are some highlights of a most photogenic day.