Monday, August 19, 2013

One hour in a Sunday afternoon

The weather has been pretty wonderful around here lately. August has been a comfortable reversal of a sweltering July. Sunday the temperature hovered around 77. It was a bit more cloudy than the last few days but nothing to complain about. In about four months I could be shoveling a couple of feet of snow.

As I have found myself over the last several years I was a tourist in my own home town. Well close enough to be my hometown. I was wandering around the web one day I came upon a website of a boat tour of the Charles River. The river runs along the border of Cambridge and Boston. It wasn't a huge amount of money, $15.00. It also turns out that you caught the boat at the rear of a local Cambridge mall which had access to the river. This mall was about a mile up the road from where I work. So it wasn't far at all. Long story short. We found the mall parking garage, found our way to the other end of the mall, bought our tickets and waited for the boat to return. There were obvious foreign tourists and out of stator's and locals mixed in the group taking the tour.

It was a one hour tour and though it wasn't overcast, there was  a filtered sunlight, but of course I took pictures. I stung them together and they are viewable below.

As the tour began we went up the river close to the Cambridge side. A tour guide pointed out various places from behind a little bar where you could purchase a beer or soft drink. After a short  cruise we turned around and headed towards Boston. We never got as far as the harbor. We turned around again and headed back up the Cambridge side and eventually the mall. It was a nice day. We ended up eating a late lunch/early supper at a Cheesecake Factory in the mall. It was quite good, not all bad for a chain restaurant.

Well that's it. One hour in a Sunday afternoon.
I'm outta here, 


  1. It sounds like a fun afternoon Paul. You have a wealth of places to visit right there in your home area. Wonderful photos.

  2. What a lovely tour. We just never take the time to see what's in our own backyard. Glad you did. I really enjoyed the slideshow. We have ducks here at Wi. Dells. It's a neat ride on land and water.

  3. Thanks for the invitation to join you. That was a nice ride. I'll come again.

  4. Blessings....
    I know what you mean about the weather i love it like this.Sounds like $15 well spent.

    enjoy the rest of your week.

  5. Lovely afternoon taking tour up the River , just sitting back and taking it all in..Wonderful, sounds like a bargain and lovely lunch.
    Best Wishes