Tomorrow is Patriot's Day and the annual running of the Boston Marathon. Athletes and tourists have been trickling into the city all week. We covered the Marathon craziness last year, so we thought we would go down and take in the "calm before the storm."
We were at the Boston Garden at 10AM and it was pretty empty. In fact, we even managed to find on-street parking! By this time tomorrow, downtown will be packed and Boylston Street will be standing room only.
Signs of Spring were everywhere. We have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather since Friday and were surprised not more people were out and about, not that we were complaining :-) In fact, this was the first time we've been down at the Swan Boat section and there was no line! We decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth and took an impromtu boat ride around the Garden. At $2.75 a ticket, this has to be the best sightseeing deal in the city!
Another icon of the Boston Garden are the Make Way For Duckling sculptures. That children's story by Robert McCloskey has been entertaining kids for generations. The ducklings are named in alphabetical order...Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack. A little over twenty years ago, an installation of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings were placed near one of the entrance to the Garden.
Every so often, some idiot(s) would think it was amusing to make off with one of the ducklings. This time it was Pack that was taken. Fortunately he was found a few days later, a little worse for wear, but generally in good condition. When we visited today, he was still "recuperating." We wish Pack a "speedy recovery."
If you haven't been down to the Boston Garden lately, we urge you to go for a stroll soon. Spring is a short season in New England. Get out there and enjoy it while you can. [Permalink]- Boston Garden