Saturday, April 24, 2010

Boston wrap-up!!

What a great time we had in Boston!!!
In addition to the excitement of having our daughter qualify/run/finish one of the most prestigious marathons, it was another wonderful family vacation.
We arrived to cloudy skies and rain, but the weather Gods saw to it that the days we needed great weather we had it!!

We took a water taxi from Boston's Logan airport across the Boston Harbor to our amazing hotel. It is the building in the middle; we had rooms on the 7th & 9th floors with views of the Fort Point channel. The hotel was close to the subway station (first time we had rode!!) and within walking distance of wonderful eatery called Flour Bakery & cafe.
Seriously a MUST go!!

We took in a Red Sox game!
It was rainy, wet and cold but we were bundled up and had come prepared.
We enjoyed seeing The Green Monstah and our local boy Dustin "The Destroyah" Pedroia.
Everyone but our daughter had the opportunity to run a 5k sponsored by
the Boston Athletic Association. We ran through the streets of downtown Boston and were treated to cross the same finish line that the marathoners would cross the very next day!! Our race had about 5,000 runners and the streets were lined with supporters along the route.

TEAM HOYT
What an inspirational story this is of a father, Dick Hoyt, and his son, Rick, who compete together in marathons and triathlons across the country.
Do yourself a favor and visit their website,
listen to/read their story!!!

Here is our favorite marathon finisher!!!
We were able to take the subway to catch her at Mile 17 and cheer her towards the finish line.
Once she passed we hopped the subway again and headed
back downtown to catch her as she passed Mile 25.
There were quite possibly 10-15 people deep lining the streets at this point.
SO very difficult to get to the finish line and we hoped
to give her encouragement to make it the last mile,
but my future daughter-in-law was the only one to see her.
Boston puts on such a well organized, swiftly run event -
but then this IS the 114th running!!
Honestly, it was so amazing to see all of the hard work
that goes in to an event of this size;
there were 25,000+ runners!!!
Bravo!!! Boston Athletic Association and the Bostonian folks were very cordial too...

Here is our crew at the Boston Public Gardens...

Thank you Mr. Adams for the lovely tour and tasting!!!

Good bye Boston - Who knows when we will return...

5 comments:

Cathy said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. I want to go to Boston someday. Congrats on the good running and the success of finishing!

Katie Bree said...

Thanks for sharing. I am so happy you guys got to do all that as a family.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Glad you got some sun during your visit. Congrats to your marathon runner and 5k too. We were in Boston on Saturday and Sunday before the marathon.

A Refocused Life said...

Leslie,
What fun! Such a wonderful trip with lots of memories to treasure. Rita

Bridgette said...

Great pictures! I am glad you had a wonderful trip! :)