Thursday, April 24, 2014

Traveling to Boston & the Marathon, 4/17-4/24/2014

On the road again Thursday April 17.  It was a travel day....444 miles to Ashtabula, OH.  We stayed overnight at the Flying J Truck Stop.  
On the road again Friday April 18 
George Eastman's Mansion and Museum, Rochester, NY.  He lived 1852 - 1932.  He built this house in 1905.  Outstanding docent gave a great history of Eastman and tour of the home.
We  also visited Susan B. Anthony's home in Rochester.  Very interesting learning about Miss Anthony.  Photos not allowed inside the house.

We stayed at a Flying J in Syracuse, NY.  We stayed here in August 2012 on our return trip from the Atlantic Provinces.

On the road again Saturday April 19.  Happy birthday to Jason our grandson.  Best wishes for many more.
We visited the Shrine on North American Martyrs.

We arrived At Miramar Retreat Center 5 pm.  We joined our friend and host Father Tom Griffith for dinner.  Easter Vigil Mass at 7:30.  At the social after Mass we met a couple whose son ran the marathon last year.  They gave us tips where to be.

On the road Easter Sunday April 20 by bus to BOSTON.
We took a walking tour of the Freedom Trail.  Met Ted and Allison at 3 pm for lunch at Beantown Pub. 

On the road Monday April 21 by bus to Boston for THE Marathon.  We found a place and waited.
We were so thrilled to see Ted as he passed by.  With 36,000 runners didn't know if we'd see him. And he saw us.  He finished in 3 hours and 8 minutes.  What a fantastic accomplishment.  (he's on the N.)
We are so proud of him.

Back at Duxbury, we took Tom to dinner at Alden Place.  Great food and great place for visiting.

On the road again Tuesday April 22 to John F. Kennedy Library.  Very interesting. 

On the road again Wednesday April 23 to Halifax, MA not Nova Scotia to participate in Mass with Father Tom.  We went to lunch at Isaac's.  Drove to Braintree & took the subway to Boston.  Met Ted and Allison at Cheers.  After eating took the subway to FENWAY Park.  Ted has wanted to go to Fenway for 30+ years he says.  We enjoyed the game.  But it was COLD.  Maybe the temp was 50 but the wind was strong!!!! Great to see A. J. Pierzinski a former White Sox player on the Red Sox team and Matt Thornton a former White Sox player on the Yankees.  Also to experience the animosity between the Red Sox and Yankees.  Our trip by subway back made us more familiar and comfortable using public transportation.  We got back to Duxbury about 11 pm.

On the road again Thursday April 24
 Saying goodbye to our dear friend, Tom.

At the Adams National Historic Site, Quincy we watched an excellent film about the Adams family.  Because we were meeting Phil's cousin we didn't have time to tour of the Adams homes.  (Next year when we come to Boston.)
We toured the United First Parish in Quincy, MA. is known as the President's church because John Adams and John Quincy Adams were members.  They and their wives are buried there.

We greatly enjoyed our visited with Bridgette, Marjorie and Artimisia.
We stayed overnight in their home in Cambridge.

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