We had a wicked good time in Cape Cahd with our grandparents a few days ago. You may wonder why I’m tahlkin’ like a Bahstonian but its becahs I had too much chowdah and have developed an ahccent. Buht do not feah foh me; I had the time of my life in Bahston and Cape Cahd!
Shelldon and Mr. Stanley accompanied us to Martha’s Vineyard recently, and we ate at a great little restaurant called the Black Dog. There was a beautiful little beach just outside, where you could see ships come and go. Shelldon loved the place and said it reminded him of his old home in Myrtle Beach.
A couple of weeks ago we went to Boston. There is a museum there, and it is amazing.
When you first go in, there is a big room with rows of benches and a platform at the front. A man is already there, dressed in colonial clothes. He hands out cards that have different names on them. These are people who actually helped with the Boston Tea Party, and the person on your card is your identity for the tour. He said he was Doctor Warren. He also told us to say “Huzzah!” when someone said something we agreed with, and “Boo!” or “Fie!” when they said something we disagreed with. He was a great actor, and in character the whole time, but he didn’t act like he didn’t know what modern things were, like most historical actors do.
After a minute Sam Adams came in. He stood on the platform and began to talk about the events leading up to the Tea Party.
“When those soldiers fired into the crowd, killing five patriots and harming many others, we knew we had to act!” he said. “So the Sons of Liberty met to discuss the matter, and decided that this was the only way to go. The meeting grew from the original hundred to five thousand, so we had to move to this, a much bigger building. But is does inspire me to see all five thousand of you… give or take.” Throughout the speech he asked two people in the audience to speak. He called them by their historical identities, and as each was called they stood up and said a few lines written on their character card. Mom was one of them.
After the speech (and quite a few energetic Huzzahs), Doctor Warren led us outside. We walked down a long ramp leading to the boats. This was actually the exact place where the Tea Party happened. We could see where the dock used to be. (Now it’s a big office building).
There were two boats, the Eleanor and the Beaver. In reality there were three, but they only had two there. We went on the Beaver. After a quick speech from the captain about how angry we were, we threw some fake tea boxes into the harbor. But not only did they float, they were tied to a rope. Doctor Warren pulled them pack in shortly after. The captain gave us a quick tour of the boat, and explained that it was low-tide, and so the harbor was really just shallow water covering muck. Boys had to jump out of the boat to push them into deeper areas and spread them out.
Then Doctor Warren led us into the museum. In the first room there was a box that was actually thrown into the harbor. There are only two existing in the world. This one was painted with flowers and had a Nine Man Morris game carved on the bottom.
In the next room there were holograms of two women (One a patriot, the other a tory), fighting about the King. Doctor Warren urged the patriot on.
The walls of the third room were lined with paintings. Two had a clay-ish look to them, and I guessed that they were animated and would start talking in a minute. Sure enough, they did. One was King George, the other Sam Adams. They argued, called each other names, and denied what the other said. The dialog, a sign next to them said, came from letters that they sent back and forth. During this fight, as with the last one, Doctor Warren “Huzzah”ed Sam Adams and “Boo”ed King George. Then he led us out of the museum, and up to “Abigail’s tea Room.”
“Unfortunately,” he said, “We failed to destroy all of the tea. Some got up here to Abigail’s. So now we have to get rid of it the old fashioned way.”
It was a great experience, and one of the coolest thing I’ve done. I highly recommend going if you’re in the area.
After New York City we went to West Point Military Academy (My dad’s Alma Mater) and looked at the military museum before walking around on post. The museum had all sorts of cool, historic weapons; like Napoleon’s sword and guns, or a Spanish rapier from the year 1650. After the museum we went on post and saw Kosciuszko’s Gardens (put in by the Polish architect who designed the defenses of the West Point garrison from 1778–1780 during the Revolutionary War when West Point was just a fort). We walked past the buildings where our dad studied, and saw “The Great Chain” which is, as the name entails, a large chain put across the Hudson River as a precaution to keep British ships from passing through in the Revolutionary War. Here are our pictures!
We went to New York City a couple weeks ago. We drove to the edge of New Jersey and parked the motor home in a Walmart parking lot. We were planning on going back to the last park we were at, so we left the car there. We parked late and went to bed right after dinner.
In the morning, at about 8:00, I woke up. I got out of bed and got dressed, then cleaned my room, brushed my teeth, and did my hair. By that time Gordon was getting up, and Mom had breakfast ready. We had decided not to leave until 10:30-ish, because traffic is so bad early in the morning. After we were all ready, Mom and I went to buy our bus tickets. We would be taking a bus, the Subway, and a cab that day. Finally, it was time to leave. On the bus Mom and Dad sat together, and Gordon and I sat a row up, to their left. Gordon was a little tired, because he always is in the mornings, but I was wide awake.
It took about 20 minutes to get into New York City, but when we did we were certainly there. Just a couple of blocks after we got off the bus, there was Time Square. Here’s a short interview with Gordon about it:
Me: What was your first impression of Time Square?
Gordon: It was just like “Boom!” You step off the train and there’s a bunch of buildings with lights on them, telling you to buy stuff.
Me: Did you like it at first?
Gordon: Yeah, of course! I thought it was awesome!
Me: What was your favorite part?
Gordon: Uh-uh. I can’t pick favorites. Not gonna happen.
As you can see, Gordon loved it. But at first I didn’t. Here’s kinda what my first impression was like:
“Oh. No. I do not like big crowds, I do not like all this noise, and I have to be here all day.”
Dad told Gordon and I to stick together and look around, so we went into the Toys R Us. It was huge, and I had to enjoy it. Besides, it wasn’t so crowded in there. We saw the Jurassic Park setup, with the big mechanical dinosaur, and the life-sized HotWheels car drivers. But best of all was the ferris wheel. The Toys R Us building is three stories tall. The ferris wheel goes from the ground on the bottom floor, through a hole in the second and third floor floors, and ends up by the ceiling of the third floor. Each of the cars is themed off a game, movie or TV show. There’s a Lego car, a Monopoly car, a My Little Pony car, a Toy Story car, a Scooby Doo car, a Barbie car, a Nickelodeon car… the list goes on. But I better continue.
I was still a little wary of this big city, but I was starting to have fun. I had been trying to absorb it all, like you would in a museum. I realized that if I just touched the surface, and didn’t worry about getting it all, I would have more fun. And that helped a lot.
Here are some of my favorite things that we saw:
Grand Central Station.
I loved it because of the old-fashioned architecture, and the constellations on the ceiling. Also because it’s in so many books and movies.
(I didn’t take any pictures, and I can’t put up pictures from the internet. But here are links to my two favorite pictures: Outside and Inside)
We took the Subway twice. It didn’t jolt nearly so much as I expected, and it wasn’t very crowded either. I liked it.
I think if I lived in New York I would like that there was a quiet, garden-y, place to get away from all the noise and bustle of the city.
I don’t like food, so Hell’s Kitchen wasn’t really my thing. But it has a neat story behind it: It used to be the bad part of town, but now it’s really nice. It’s one of the most popular areas in New York to get food!
The Apple Store
For those of you who didn’t know, Gordon is a huge Apple fan. And I mean HUGE! So he seriously loved going to the Apple Store, the most photographed building in the world. I don’t really care about anything phone/computer/iPad/etc. related, but it was cool to see the store. It’s an underground building, and there are spiral stairs going down. There’s also a glass elevator going through the middle.
The Statue of Liberty
We didn’t go out on a boat, but we saw the Statue of Liberty from a little place on Manhattan Island. I don’t know what the area is called, but it was cool.
The Brooklyn Bridge
We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge! It was super cool, and one of my very favorite sites. There were little locks all over the walking part of the bridge, with names on them. People come out with friends and write their names on a lock, and then lock it onto the bridge. It looks really pretty in some parts. There are people who set up shop there, and sell selfie sticks and locks.
We took a cab through the city to the bus stop, because it was late and we were tired. It was really nice, and there was even a TV (Which I turned off so that I wouldn’t be distracted from the city).