Hello fellow patriots:
We just came back from a mini-vacation to Boston, Concord and Lexington. The kids are going back to school Wednesday so this seemed appropriate.
Boston was nice, not too busy for being a Friday. We walked Freedom Trail mostly but enjoyed taking the City View Trolley tour around the city and across the river to Bunker Hill. The trolley gave us a sense of direction and more orderly approach to our tour of the city. The USS Constitution was not open to the public but the museum was. The gravesites of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Robert Paine and Paul Revere are all together in the Old Granary cemetery. The first three men were all signers of the Declaration of Independence. The story goes that grave robbers had dug up poor John Hancock (the richest man in Boston) shortly after he died and cut off the hand he signed the Declaration with. On top of that injustice, workmen likely disposed of his body a few years later.
The best part of the trip was actually Concord and Lexington. To physically walk where the British and Minutemen had fought and died was quite interesting. The National Park Service has done a great job preserving what remains of the historical locations which includes the road itself and the homes. In contrast, Boston has few original buildings and much of Boston harbor was filled in over the years to enlarge the city.
I'll be posting pictures tonight when I get home.