Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day Trips with Chris and Jenny

Chris and Jenny, a pair of our Minnesotan friends, came to stay with us for a few days last week. Jenny has a 4 year old nephew -so they are well prepared for a few days with kiddos. We relaxed around the apartment and took a couple day trips.

Chris drove his parents' mini-van from Minnesota and it was great that we were all able to fit in one vehicle for our excursions.

On Friday we visited the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. I had been wanting to visit the Adirondack park since we moved to New York and it was a beautiful drive.

The museum itself was great for adults and children. Each building had at least one activity for children to try and a couple of the buildings were full of hands on exhibits.

The area is just beautiful. Here are some photos I took from the back of the mini-van while we were driving. I will miss the scenery of upstate New York!

On Saturday we drove, and took the train, in to Boston. We walked the start of the Freedom Trail and ate lunch at Quincy Market. Then we hopped the train to see the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution.

Papa and I have now walked the entire Freedom Trail, if you combine this trip with the one we took last Fall.

Monkey Girl dancing in Boston Common

M2 likes real animals and animal statues.
Bunker Hill Monument

Inside the Bunker Hill Monument - 294 steps to the top, M.G. walked half way up and all the way down! Papa and Chris went up with her. (And this random guy...)

The view from the top of the Monument.

M2 walked parts of the Freedom Trail too. He's gotten much better about letting someone hold his hand while he walks.

USS Constitution
We all had so much fun during Chris and Jenny's visit. The kids really warmed up to them and even shy M2 was holding hands, playing with them, and trying to say their names. We packed up the ball pit for their visit, but the hit of the weekend was letting all the balls loose in the living room. M2 loved to run through them, throw them, and try to empty the bag while we picked them up.


david said...

what makes those chairs "adirondack"...is it just that they come from that area or is something inherently Adirondackian about them?

Monkeymama said...
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Monkeymama said...

That style of chair, with the angled back, flat boards, and wide arm rests, was invented in the Adirondacks.

We learned all about it at the museum!

Here is a link with the scoop:Adirondack Chair