I began my day by making the short drive to Concord, MA and visiting the Concord Museum. Though relatively small, the museum had some great information and exhibits. I didn’t know so many prominent authors had ties to the small city. Louisa May Alcott. Ralph Waldo Emerson. Henry David Thoreau. And others.
I followed with a trip to Minute Man National Park about a like away. The park is rather large, but the focal point for me was the Old North Bridge. This was the site of the battle of Lexington and Concord. There’s a statue of a minute man, a statue to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle, and an English gravesite. One of the more interesting places I’ve been to on this trip.
I then made the short drive into Lexington, MA to visit Buckman Tavern. This was where members of the rebellion waited for the British to arrive just prior to that first battle. It’s very small, but on the second floor there’s a new exhibit on 18th century social media. It gives such great perspective because we think we have so many advancements in how news is spread, but in reality all we’ve done is speed up the process a bit. The exhibit compares Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and even fake news to the different methods used during the 18th century. A great exhibit. And that was my day.
I planned on visiting the Louisa May Alcott house and Ralph Waldo Emerson House, but one was closed and the other closed very early in the day. Too bad.
I began the day with the Walk Through History tour along the Freedom Trail. The guide was in full costume and had lots information to share. It wasn’t even that bad that it started raining on us.
I followed with a brief trip to the New England Aquarium. It wasn’t high on my list so I visited for less than 90 minutes. The main attraction was the whale watch I was planning to take part in. It was going to be my first time on a boat. Of course it was canceled. So I walked across the street and watched two features at the IMAX theater. One on whales and the other on the Galapagos Islands.
I followed with another trip to Faneuil Hall. I ate and got to see three different street performers. All different acts, but all extremely entertaining. And that was my day. Today I pick up my rental car to visit some things a little outside the city.
I’m about halfway through my trip. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photos tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Today wasn’t as productive as I’d have liked. Let me explain.
I started late. The goal is to make it to my first museum each day as soon as it opens. I’ve !issued that goal two days in a row now. I entered the Museum of Science, Boston around 10:30 in the morning. It opens at 9:00. So immediately the clock is against me. But I put that out of my head as soon as I enter the museum. It’s massive. Reminds me of any Smithsonian. I fall well behind schedule. I finish my trek through the museum around 2:00 PM. My original schedule gave me until noon.
At this point I knew I’d cut off something from the day. Because I happened to eat lunch in Faneuil Hall, and I wanted to explore it. So I’m walking along looking at all these cool shops and stands, right? Just minding my own business. Then it happens. I hear this girl singing live from around the corner. I can’t move. She’s so good. I find out her name is Lauren Weintraub. She’s 18. I sit there and listen to her sing for 90 minutes. Who throws EVERYTHING off. I no longer have time for any more museums. I explore the market son more and get a smoothie. By this time my phone battery is quickly dying. But it surely won’t get all the way down to 0% before I can hail a Lyft, right? Wrong. Phone died. I’m in what I think is downtown Boston with no way to get back to my Airbnb. I enter a “Mercantile Mall” believing a store would have a charger. Nothing was open. No charger. I asked the only person I came across where I could find a charger. She said CVS was nearby. I hopes she was right.
She was. And it was within walking distance. I bought a cheap charger and charged my phone in the store. All is well that ends well. I’m packing my charger everyday now. Just in case.
PS: My absolute last resort would have been to have someone hail an Uber or Lyft and then just give them the money in cash. Not sure if that would have worked.
I realize I have a ton of content on here. A million pages. A long bio. And nearly a thousand blog posts. But one of the things that gets little attention is my Bookish Bucket List. I first came up with the list about two years ago in an effort to show y’all the book-related things I’d like to accomplish, and also to track them as I do so. During my trip to DC I was able to scratch one off the list!
If you watched my four videos from the trip then you likely know which one I’m talking about. If not, VISIT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. It was one of the most anticipated places I wanted to visit.
Guys, I can’t do it any justice here. It is simply beyond any expectations you may have. Stunning. Breathtaking. Beautiful. Magnificent. You can insert any word to describe it and it’ll be inadequate. I was sad to have to leave there, genuinely sad. It doesn’t matter if you have any interest in books or reading or literature or even American history, this is a place you must experience.
My Bookish Bucket List is just a little bit shorter after my visit to the Library of Congress in Washington DC. It is so much more than a library. It’s a landmark. It’s one of the many landmarks we have.
Have you ever visited the Library of Congress? What’d you think!?
Also, give me a follow on Instagram if you’re interested in seeing pictures from my trip. I only have about 950 of them. 🙄
This is the iconic Reading Room. I took this picture.
By this point my time in DC is coming to an end much faster than I’d like. Which means less time to have my camera rolling. Today’s video is really short. I didn’t record a daily recap or an intro, so it’s really only a couple clips from the National Museum of Natural History. I mean, there’s dinosaurs.
Now watch! Final day is tomorrow!
Day 2 in DC was a lot better than day 1. No rain. No getting planes. Nothing but seeing some of the sights. Day two was the longest of the four days we spent in DC. We supposedly walked some 13 miles and spent over 14 hours out seeing things. Library of Congress. Lincoln Memorial. Washington Monument. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial. National Air and Space Museum. Museum of American History, It was the quite the day, and I have the video evidence to show for it.
The first 4:25 of the video is clips from the various places and monuments we visited. The rest of the video is me talking about everything we visited and how it all impacted me. I don’t expect you to watch the whole thing, or even the majority of it, but during the second half of the video I really get personal with my thoughts on everything I’m seeing. I edited minimally to give you a greater glimpse into how the trip has affected me.
Now watch! Maybe just a little bit? 🙂
Sorry I’m out of focus, guys. No one behind the camera for me.
Today’s video is the start of a short series. It’ll consist of four videos that I post over the next four days chronicling my DC trip. I can’t tell you what a memorable experience it was for me. I won’t bore you with a long intro. Watch! And come back for tomorrow’s day 2 video!