Here’s what I know to be true – if we don’t do something on Saturday, go on some adventure, take some trip, or go somewhere special, I feel like we’ve wasted the weekend. It’s too easy to let the weekend slip away from us, destroyed by an endless “to do” list of home improvements, laundry and other time killers.
This weekend, despite our general inclination to avoid crowds, we headed into Boston with plans to take in the sites and sounds of all the boat-based events in Boston. In addition to OpSail Boston 2012, a commemoration of the war of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner; it’s Fleet Week in the city, and the weekend before Independence Day – add sun and you have a recipe for crowds.
We started our journey at 9:40 am, taking the MBTA into the city and didn’t arrive back at our local station until 5:45 pm. After arriving at South Station, we found one of Boston’s best deals – the MBTA’s inner harbor ferry from Long Wharf (next to the Boston Aquarium) to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a mere $1.70 each way (and free for the kids). We toured the Norwegian frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl, explored the USS Constitution, took the ferry back and then did the one thing the kids had been waiting for all day. . .
We let them get wet.
Across from the Boston Aquarium, in the middle of the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway is the Rings Fountain, which throughout the day shoots water up from 63 nozzles, soaking everyone standing around it. On very hot days, it’s not unusual to see more than a few adults jumping in amongst the kids.
I’m not going to say our trip was perfect. We had more than a few breakdowns, tears, fights and fallouts. But it was still a very good day, and makes today – a day spent on chores and catching up – a little easier to manage.