What We Did During Our Summer Vacation - Part II
by the Nagle5
Ten days after we got back from our first camping trip of the season, Valiant, Buttercup and I headed for Boston. Flying used to be a lot more fun, didn't it? The TSA and Homeland Security have taken all the fun out of arrivals and departures. No friendly faces waiting for you as you disembark from the plane at your destination and no happy visiting at the airport before you fly off into the wild blue yonder.
We arrived in Boston and headed over to my sister's house for dinner. We were so tired...it didn't occur to any of us to take pictures. Still, when we got back to our hotel, I went into the restroom to wash my face and came out to this. Yes, flying was exhausting.
The next day we went whale watching to celebrate said sister's birthday. It was so nice to be at the beach again! I so miss the beach...I didn't care that it was the Atlantic Ocean rather than the Pacific Ocean...it was so beautiful.
We lucked out and actually saw a mother/baby duo of humpback whales. It was so cool.
I don't have the group picture of all of us (my sister has to scan it in for me--hint, hint), but here are the kids. Aren't they delightfully windswept?
Here is a replica of the Mayflower. Look how small it is! Can you imagine how brave the first colonists had to be to set out in that?
Finally, I thought you'd like a view of the quintessential New England coastline. Look at Cape Cod with the spired buildings. Isn't it something?
After the whale-watching outing, we had a little birthday celebration for my sister. She was such a trooper...that sunburn had to have been terribly uncomfortable!
Right after she blew out her candles, Valiant started vomitting and food-poisoning was the phrase for the trip. By that night, the three of us were taking turn vomitting (etc.) in the hotel bathroom. It was horrible. I really can't remember a time when I was sicker, actually. Not many more pictures after everyone spends three days sick as dogs! Still, we hadn't come all this way to sit in a hotel room. We hit the road to see the family we'd come to see. No, we didn't have personalities, but still, the kids got to meet their East Coast relatives.
We made the trip to the cousin's house and saw the amazing treehouse their dad built in their backyard. It was amazing.
The next day we headed out to Connecticut to meet my little niece. Isn't she adorable? She'll be two next month and is definitely the apple of her daddy's eye (just the way it should be!).
The kids got to see fireflies while we were there. (I don't think they really believed fireflies existed, so Buttercup actually shot a movie of them for Superman.) Thank me now for not posting the video! There was also a bunny in their backyard. Buttercup was enchanted!
The next day, we hit the Museum of Science in Boston...the electricity show was so cool!
Saw a toad in the hotel parking lot that night. And shooed it out of the parking lot and into the bushes before we could head up to our room.
And played in the trunk of our rental car. It was quite and impressive trunk. Valiant is 6'2" and Buttercup is 5'3" and they seem to have plenty of room.
Then we flew home...and began anticipating Superman's leave the following month.
P.S. Did I mention that none of us gained weight during this trip?