Monday, October 20, 2008

Boston, Maine, & New Hampshire

Fenway Park - Brad's favorite place. We did a tour and they took us all over. One of the pictures is of some of the original seats from 1934. They were not fun to sit on for very long.




Freedom Trail and Cheers - We walked a little of the Freedom Trail. We went past Paul Revere house, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill and the original Cheers.



Cranberry Harvest Festival - Some of our guests had told us about the cranberry harvest that happens in October. Brad did a little research and found out where it was happening. We went out to a place on the Cape and saw them harvesting the cranberries. Cranberries grow on vines in bogs and then they fill the bog up with a little water and take a machine through them that knocks the berries off the vines. Then they fill the bog up with more water and get a vacuum hose and suck up the berries into a large truck. The berries then go to the Ocean Spray factory that is just down the street. The other interesting thing we learned, is that they rent out bees for a few weeks to pollinate the cranberries.


Plymouth - Brad's ancestors came into America here. His 9th great grandpa was the first governor of the pilgrims.


Maine & New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New York, New York

Okay, I'm sorry this has taken so long to get some of our New York pictures up. This is going to be a long post but it will be good, I promise.

Museum of Natural History - for those of you that have seen Night at the Museum, this is the museum they filmed in.



World Trade Center - we did a walking tour with a guy that worked on the 82nd floor of the first trade center that got hit. He shared his personal story with us. They are rebuilding the block, 16 acres. They are going to put reflecting pools where the orginial buildings were. Then, a few more towers and a really big one called the Freedom Tower. It is going to be higher than the orginal. It will be 1776 feet, symbolic of the year our country declared independence. There will be a memorial building built between the reflecting pools.


Wall Street


Empire State Building - we took a tour that goes all the way to the top. It was an amazing view up there.


Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island


Time Square, 5th Ave, Broadway, & David Letterman Show - we went to the Letterman show. They didn't let us take any pictures, except on the outside. It was fun to be that close to David and the band. We were about 10 rows from the band. Debra Messing was one of the guest stars.


Yankee Staduim & Fun with Andy & Stefany





Phantom of the Opera - My parents bought us phantom tickets for Brad's birthday. We were twenty rows from the stage. It was so amazing. We got all dressed up for a night on the town. Thanks mom and dad!




Central Park Zoo - it was an interesting zoo experience. I was very disappointed that I didn't see zebras, hippos, lions or giraffes. I was basing my expectations from Madagascar (the cartoon movie). They were from the New York Central Zoo. I assumed it was Central Park but it really is the Bronx Zoo. Sad! We also saw monkeys eating off each other, turtles doing turtle things and our trip would not be complete with the homeless.


A special thanks to Andy & Stefany for letting us crash on their living room floor. You guys helped make this an awesome trip!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Washington D.C.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Quick Update

We are having an awesome vacation here on the east coast. We spent 3 days in DC and loved every minute. Our legs are KILLING us from all the walking. The first day we felt really ambitious and only rode the Metrorail in to Arlington and then walked to DC... about 2 miles, then proceded to walk around downtown DC all day. We've probably walked 20 miles in the 3 days we were here. We are leaving tomorrow and takin' a bus up to NYC. We got Phantom tickets from Rach's mom for my b-day...Thanks Lorraine, and we got Letterman tickets because it has been a boyhood dream of mine to go see a live taping. I had tickets twice previously, but I wasn't planning on attending NYC, so I had to cancel them. We're so excited to see the city that never sleeps. So Tuesday, watch Letterman everyone. It is at 10:35 mountain and central and 11:35 pacific and eastern on CBS. I'm gonna do everything I can to make it on camera. Well, we'll post pictures as soon as we upload them to my computer. Until then, I hope all is well with all of you.