New England 2012

As referenced in my post about Old Sturbridge Village, we get to New England fairly often. While I was growing up, Boston was always a place one avoids while traveling elsewhere. I still remember hearing my father while he was driving up front. Why would you go within 50 miles of Boston? So many reasons to avoid it. The traffic, the traffic and most importantly the traffic.

Well, it only took me 30 more years to give Boston an honest try. I have mixed feelings about my time there. Sometimes when you visit a new place you can tell the locals can smell you coming. Boston wasn’t ever unwelcoming per se, but we were obviously taking up valuable space on more than one occasion. But whatever, I had no problems with traffic.

Unsure at Wonderland
Unsure at Wonderland
Aquarium Station
Aquarium Station

We hit some of the tourist traps, but our main reason for the trip was homeschool. We decided to homeschool because our work schedules and lifestyle allowed us to, and its been a positive experience. We thirst for travel, and not working around a government schedule allows us to provide opportunities and experiences other kids don’t always have.

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10/31/12 16:30 Kickflip
10/31/12 16:30 Kickflip
Prosperity looms
Prosperity looms
Fanieeoooliool Hall
Fanieeoooliool Hall

We enjoyed the New England Aquarium, though it was under construction, as well as the Museum of Science. Grace and Lori rode a subway for the first time and the reviews were good. We love to eat great food, and Boston delivered on this front again and again.

MoS
MoS

Boston was the first stop in a loop, followed by Sturbridge (which gets its own post), then north to the White Mountains and Bangor via Laconia, North Conway and Rt2.

$53
$53
White Mountains
White Mountains

Bonus: my wife always refers to Paul Bunyan as Ted Bundy, and it refuses to get old.

Paul Bunyan, Rumford ME.
Paul Bunyan, Rumford ME.

Images in this set are courtesy of Fuji GA645, 4.0 EBC Fujinon loaded with Ilford FP4 and HP5. Processing and scans are Ilfosol3 and Epson Perfection 3200 Photo.

5 Replies to “New England 2012”

  1. Really great shots Matthew! And every time I see your images I’m thinking of giving the Fuji GA another try. But then I remember that I never liked 35mm P&S cameras …

    And homeschooling … such a weird concept when you come from Europe. 😉

  2. We took family summer road trips (6 kids with luggage rack on top of the old wood paneled station wagon) from the St. Louis area to the St. Laurentian Mountains in Quebec way back when, late 70’s. One trip we picked up my Aunt, Uncle & Cousin in Chicago, cozy ride! Whenever talks of the trips would come up I’d hear about how Dad refused to go near Boston, Mom wanted us to see the brownstones, he wanted to go no where near them and of course Dad was driving. Always a funny point of contention. Your post brought back fond memories for me, thank you. The photos are also wonderful. Particularly love the 1st and last two shots.

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