Last weekend was Mother’s Day as well as the first full weekend of good spring weather – perfect timing for my mom and stepdad George to come into Boston. We covered two major bases over the weekend – visiting the Rockport area and the Charlestown Navy Yard, two places I had yet to visit.
Halibut Point State Park, just outside of Rockport, is a beautiful rocky beach area with an extremely sizable man-made quarry. We hiked around, enjoyed the sun beating down on our shoulders and I attempted to take a single decent photo of a butterfly in flight (they were everywhere). We then walked around through the trails and took a gander at the ocean from the tops of a few cliffs. Our quads then took a beating climbing the super-cramped stairs to the top of an observation tower near the quarry, which provided a view only moderately more interesting than standing at the bottom. We ate our picnic lunch in a little pine grove and headed home.
The next day we visited the USS Constitution, an old, wooden, heavy frigate aptly named by George Washington. I’d never been up close to a sailboat quite as elaborate as this one (actually, its only the second sailboat I’ve been on, and the first was a sunfish). After taking a tour from a delightful sailor chap, we visited a battleship parked next-door. On this boat, any elegance whatsoever was sacrificed to fit more guns. It was big, metal, and I didn’t get to shoot anything.
Of course, between the sightseeing we wandered the town and enjoyed some good food and conversation. Successful Mother’s Day weekend: check.