A Day at the Aquarium

Back in Boston on Tuesday evening in order to do some work Wednesday thru Friday. I’d always wanted to visit the New England Aquarium so decided rather than trying to rush out on Friday I’d spend the night and visit the aquarium on Saturday. Unfortunately I didn’t think to check out the website until after I booked my flight.

As it turns out the aquarium is under construction at the moment. They are actually in the process of renovatingupgrading the main Ocean Tank exhibit. That was a little disappointing but gives me a reason for a return visit.

As I’d had early starts every day – including 6:30 yesterday morning I slept in this morning. Up around 8:30 and then out of the hotel just after 10. After a wrong turn out of the parking ramp made it to the aquarium about 11. Opted to include an IMAX movie at noon (Deep Sea 3D).

I managed to see most of the exhibits in the hour before the movie and then went back in to see the section I missed. My favorites were the Sea Dragons and Sea Horses. I wrapped up there at about 1 o’clock – I’m sure with the Ocean Tank open easily a couple more hours could be spent and is probably quite immersive as the other exhibits spiral up around it. Oh well, maybe next time.

From the aquarium I headed across the street to the Granary Tavern, which I had spotted on my wrong turn, for lunch. I had a bowl of clam chowder, not the best I’ve had, and a Garlic Sausage flatbread that was fantastic.

Garlic Sausage Flatbread

Garlic Sausage Flatbread

Along with a couple of Whale’s Tails ales – quite refreshing;-).

When I wrap up with lunch I’ll be heading to the airport and will hang out there for a couple hours before my flight. Was upgraded to first class on the way home and unlike a couple of weeks ago have no worries about getting out of town tonight. Despite the storm that blew thru here Thu-Fri, today there is a beautiful blue, cloud-free sky and the snow is melting fast.

Escape the Snowpocalypse!

So I was in Providence, RI this week and scheduled to fly out of Boston this evening. Really need to make it as my flight to Hawaii is tomorrow morning. Wouldn’t ya know the biggest storm in about 35 years is heading this way… Here we go:

Step 1 – change flight to an earlier one. Check.
And thanks to Delta for waiving the change fees! My original flight for this evening was already cancelled last night.
Step 2 – check flight status at least hourly. Check.
Step 3-15 – repeat step 2. Check.
Step 16 – Drive to Boston. Check.
Snow just starting in Providence when I hit the road. Very strange feeling in Boston – the least traffic I’ve ever seen here and airport is very quiet. As of 10:30 there is a light but steady snow falling…
Step 17 – wait and hope things hold out for a couple more hours. Updates to come…
Step 18 – Get on board. Last flight out before the airport shuts down. Check!
Step 19 – in my seat and ready to go. Check!
Step 20 – De-ice, taxi to runway, have co-pilot examine wings, get report on runway condition, spool up the engines and roll. Wheels up. Check.
Step 21 – exhale.

Bon Voyage


So after spending Saturday in Boston, we decided to drive down the coast to have a nice lobstah dinner.  We stopped in Plymouth to have a look around and it turned out to be the 50th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower II.  To celebrate, they were taking her out for a sail down the coast.  When we arrived she was moored at the usual place.  We walked around a bit and then watched her be tugged out to sea.  Unfortunately, they had to take her out a ways so we didn’t get to see the sails unfurled.  Still pretty cool though.

Here’s a link to the website:  http://www.plimoth.org/features/mayflower-2/journey/

From there we drove on down to New Bedford where I’ve spent a bit of time and now a little place to get a great lobster dinner.  Yum!  Then it was back on the road to Pittsfield.

It’s Monday evening and I’m writing this even though my server’s down and I won’t be able to post until I get home to reboot.  Oh well, I’ll be home Wednesday afternoon which is a day earlier than planned so I won’t complain.

Mayflower II

Mayflower II



Well, I was in Massachusetts over the weekend with a colleague from Germany.  We’re working in Pittsfield, which is in western Mass. in the Berkshires.  It’s a nice area, but figured Boston would be better suited for the weekend.

We walked the freedom trail on Saturday and it was a beautiful day for it.  The weather was in the 70s with a few passing clouds – perfect!  Below is a picture of the Bunker Hill Monument.  /Warning, some generic history content:  the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed’s Hill.  /end of history content.

294 steps to the top - not pleasant on a warm busy day - can you say sweat?

Bunker Hill Monument