Thursday, September 4, 2014

Boston Part 2 - The Enjoying

Picking up where I left off with the Boston Part 1 - The Food post, now I'll talk a little more about the Enjoying that we did, and that includes some sight-seeing as well.

Thursday, Jason and I pretty much hit the ground running after checking into our hotel. After a relaxing lunch, we hoofed it to Fenway Park to do their facilities tour. I'll be honest, I wasn't super keen on this but am really glad that we did the tour. It was very informative and behind-the-scenes. While watching a game would have been fun, you would miss out on some of the features of the park itself including the history.



Friday morning we woke up and ran (which I'll talk more about in my Running recap post), then it was time to clean up and check out of the hotel. Thankfully, they were very accommodating and held our luggage for us as our friend, Scott, was going to pick us up later in the day.

After stopping by the Farmers' Market and picking up some food to enjoy, we walked over to a nice, shaded park area to eat. Then it was off for more walking as we made our way through another park on our way to begin the Freedom Trail Tour. We decided to just walk the route ourselves. It was nice doing so at our own pace, however, I know we missed out on some history and interesting facts about Boston.






The walking tour was way longer than I had anticipated. I had run 9 miles and we walked another 5 or more easily AND we never even got through the entire tour. After a certain point it was time to throw in the white flag and head back to the hotel for Scott to pick us up. I thought we'd never make it back. Yes, we could have taken public transportation of course, but we're stubborn.

Scott picked us up and took us to his and Jessica's house in Peabody where we waited on her and her sister, Jolene, to arrive from Jess' Barre N9NE class. I had planned on taking the class, but was so worn out and feet so swollen from the walking, I simply couldn't. The evening plan was that a blog cohort and all around kickass woman, Meaghan, was also going to come by for a Pizza Party Throwdown. Scott made his pizza dough, I made mine and we all dug in.

Another part of the evening included wine drinking and Snotty Wine Faces. This is something Jess and Jo started, and I was told I should practice because there were going to be pictures ;-) Somehow Jess and I look ticked off, but we weren't I can assure you. Who is ever ticked about drinking wine right?

 


Saturday morning, Jess had some classes to teach then it was off to visit Salem, which was really more of a car tour, but totally ok with that considering the walking we had already done. I loved seeing all the old homes in the area. Living in a home built in 1890, I tend to be slightly partial to old homes. We also drove by multi-million dollar homes on the waterfront, you know the kind you only dream of.

As I mentioned yesterday, we had lunch outside at Finz. It's located in Pickering Wharf where there are a few cute little shops. Jess and I both held back on buying some jewelry at one shop, but we did load up at one store called Picklepot. Jess and I both envisioned row after row of pickles, instead they carried tons of spices, spice blends, salts and one refrigerator of pickles.



Sunday we hit the road again, this time to Gloucester, where Jessica and Scott both grew up. We got the guided car tour, which was super fun actually. Because the forecast was calling for rain, which did not come by the way, we hadn't brought beach attire. Of course it turned out to be the ideal beach day. That's how it goes some days. We did walk down to the water, that's sort of a must when you're near any beach.


After getting our feet sandy, it was off to eat lunch, on the waterfront of course. Back at the house, we spent the evening visiting and playing Cards Against Humanity. It's not a game I thought I would enjoy, but we had the best laughs over it. Highly recommend.