From Rhode Island, we headed north to Boston. First stop: the Public Garden to see the Make Way for Ducklings statue. Much to Ruth’s delight we also took a (cold, drizzly) ride on a Swan Boat. And much to everyone’s delight we got to see a real family of mallards.
Newburyport: one of the many way too cute towns we enjoyed hanging out in. A tree on Plum Island, a barrier island north of Boston. Known for being a great spot for birding, the highlight for us was seeing four wild turkeys.
The purpose of the trip was a college graduation and we were able to also visit extended family and celebrate H.’s birthday. Bottom photo is at Minuteman Park in Concord, MA. The shot heard round the world occurred right around that bridge. Ruth was more impressed by the extensive flower gardens at the visitor center. Another highlight not pictured was the really fascinating MIT museum with weirdly wonderful kinetic sculpture and all things fabulously geeky.
On the drive home we stopped at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This has been a dream of mine since I first heard about it and it didn’t disappoint. If you are anywhere near Amherst, MA I’d highly recommend it. Heck, make it the destination and just go. And as the cherry on top on a literary dream vacation, we swung by Springfield, MA to see the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden.
To break up the trip home, we stayed with friends near Philadelphia and spent a couple of fascinating hours at the Penn Museum for Archeology and Anthropology. After studying the Ancient World this past school year, this served as a great final field trip.
It would be pretty hard to come back to normal life after all the travel we’ve done in May. Luckily, we had this waiting for us at home. We got notice on vacation that the adoption paperwork we’d put in had been accepted and we are now officially owners of a cute 5 month old beagle/lab/shepherd mix puppy. I think she might make the transition back to normal everyday life a little more interesting.