Finishing the Freedom Trail
Last year, we when we visited Boston, we walked the Freedom Trail and we didn't finish. It is much longer than it looks on the maps. If any time is spent reading the descriptions or talking with people at the different stops one day is not enough. And we missed the U.S.S. Constitution, it made me sad. But not this time.
We planned to spend the day in Boston. We went back and forth on whether to drive in or take the T(Boston Transit). Factoring in the cost and time we decided to drive. This was a good and bad decision. Half of Boston was under construction, or at least it felt that way. We were unable to find any parking in the place we wanted to walk around. So we drove over to the USS Constitution and skipped our walk around Boston. That choice however opened up time to drive over to MIT and tour the campus.
Usually historically restored places have a historian telling stories and bringing the piece to life. The U.S.S. Constitution is docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22. It is has naval officers stationed on the ship during the day. So we didn't get any historic stories but we did have access to another piece of history, The U.S.S. Cassin Young, used in WWII.
The Cassin Young had a fantastic history of WWII from a naval point of view, focused on Japan. They were not shy about the battles or the history. It was great to hear the Navy's version of WWII.
So we were able to complete the Freedom Trail. It was a great conclusion. We had learned a lot about the War of 1812 when we were at Fort Niagara and Lake George, NY. It was great to tour a ship from that time period. It was a wonderful bonus being able to add the battleship from WWII.