New England 2007 (151 images)

John's 35th reunion at MIT was held from June 7-10th, 2007. We arrived in Boston on the afternoon of June 7th and checked into the Club Quarters hotel in the financial district. While a bit far from MIT, the hotel was ideally located for the MBTA so we were able to get everywhere easily. After a dinner at Legal Seafoods with friends Pattie and Slaton Tuggle, we attended the Boston Pops "Tech Night at the Pops" concert at Boston's Symphony Hall with about 3200 other MIT alums.

On Friday we were signed up to take a Duck Tour of Boston. We had a great time on the tour. The highlight was having Oliver Smoot on our Duck. Oliver is famous at MIT and throughout Boston as the human unit used by his fraternity brothers back in 1958 to measure the length of the Harvard/Mass Ave. bridge between Boston and MIT. Naturally, all of the Duck drivers have heard of Smoot and often repeat the (incorrect) story that he was drunk when used to measure the bridge. Naturally, our driver was the envy of every other Duck that day as he had a bona fide Boston celebrity onboard.

We kicked around Boston with Pattie and Slaton for the rest of Friday including a ride on the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Gardens. On Friday evening Jane and John went over to Boston's North End to get some Italian food. We found the same small Italian place, Maurizio's, where we had all eaten together for the 25th reunion. The food was just as good as we remembered. We stopped in the North End for some gelato on the way back to the hotel.

On Saturday morning I attended some lectures that were part of MIT Technology Day. The day was rainy and not good for walking at all. In the afternoon we joined Pattie and Slaton for a drive out to Wellesley. It had been over 35 years since I'd been out that way and it was fun to see the beautiful campus again. Saturday's dinner was the four of us at Anthony's Pier 4 a favorite special haunt during our student days.

Sunday morning featured a Baker House '70s reunion brunch. We then said goodbye to Cambridge and MIT and headed off for Martha's Vineyard. We caught the ferry from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven and took a cab to the Hanover House Inn bed and breakfast where we spent three nights. This was a very nice B&B with many luxurious touches like 600-count sheets and some of the fluffiest bath towels I've ever used. The rest of the inn was occupied by cyclists on a WomanTours bike tour of Martha's Vineyard. We enjoyed talking to them and seeing them around the island at various times.

Monday on the Vineyard was cool but dry and we walked from Vineyard Haven to the town of Oak Bluffs. After lunch in Oak Bluffs, we took the bus to Edgartown. Then it was back to Vineyard Haven and dinner. On Tuesday we headed out by bus to see some of the smaller towns. We went to the cliffs at Gay Head Aquinnah and visited the fishing village of Menemsha.

On Wednesday we boarded the ferry and headed back to Woods Hole. We drove across Cape Cod with a stop in N. Truro to see Austin friends who were renting a house there for a week. We ended the day in Provincetown (P'town to the locals) at the Copper Fox, a former bed and breakfast that is now the summer residence of our friends Jacky and Kathy. We stayed in Provincetown until Saturday morning checking out the action and meeting some of Jacky and Kathy's friends. Jacky's sister, Maryann, was also there. She had just gotten a major book deal and we're anxiously waiting for her first book, The Richest Season to be published next year. P'town is a high-energy place and we had a good time. We shared our first whole lobster of the trip on the P'town pier. We even got to a screening of a new movie at the P'town Film Festival.

On Saturday we departed P'town. We stopped in Chatham, MA at the elbow of Cape Cod to have lunch with another retired IBMer, Ron Clark, and his wife, Debbie. They gave us a great tour of the picturesque town. Then it was on to Sandwich where we spent the night at the Belfry Inne which is a church converted into a B&B and restaurant. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a room in the church and had to settle for less-deluxe accommodations in one of their other properties.

We hit the Sandwich Glass Museum on Sunday morning and then drove back through Boston to have lunch at the home of friends Judy and Buck. Then it was up through New Hampshire and Maine for a night in Boothbay Harbor. It had been many years since I'd been in Boothbay Harbor and it was just as scenic as I remembered. We had boiled lobsters at the fisherman's co-op and strolled around town.

On Monday morning we did some shopping in Boothbay Harbor and then decided to take a harbor tour. After some lunch, we headed back down the coast to Kennebunkport. We had visited the Bufflehead Cove Inn ten years ago and found it to be one of the best bed and breakfasts we had ever stayed in. This visit did not disappoint. We were the only ones in the main house and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and gourmet breakfasts. We shopped and walked in Kennebunkport and took a "lobster tour" that went out of the harbor to check some lobster traps. I think we learned more about lobsters than we ever wanted to know!

While in Kennebunkport, we had two dinners at Nunan's Lobster Hut in Cape Porpoise. This is a great place for lobster: just basic bench-style tables in an unassuming lobster shack. The food is great and we were lucky that it wasn't crowded either night.

We departed Kennebunkport on Wednesday morning and drove down to visit with my cousin Pat and her family in Topsfield, MA. Pat and Dick indulged me by having lunch at Woodman's, purportedly the home of the fried clam. I'd had clams several other times on the trip but Woodman's was the best. We left Pat and Dick's on Thursday morning to catch our flight home from Logan airport. All in all, we had a great time, weren't lost too much, and overall had very good weather. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of our friends and relatives.

Can't wait for the next reunion in 2012 (OK, I'm not really in a hurry for a 40th!)

Final vacation totals:

  • Nights on the road: 14
  • Total (planned) Miles driven: about 634.7.
    According to Google Calculator: 634.7 miles = 600,217.791 smoots
  • Number of beds we slept in: 7
  • Number of lobsters eaten: 7.5 (Jane had half a lobster in a dish at Maurizio's in Boston).
  • Pints of belly-on fried clams: 4
  • Ice cream shops: at least 7
  • Boat rides: 3.5 (Swan Boats count as 0.5!)
  • Visiting friends and relatives: Priceless

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