The Red Hats are Coming! So might Paul Revere have cried if he took his midnight ride in April of 2000 instead of April of 1775. Troop 75 staged its annual Troop Trip on the weekend of April 1-2, and our destination this year was the historic city of Boston. Nine Scouts (Matt C, Brett D, Keith J, Tommy O, Jim Q, Chris R, Andrew R, Mike S, Danny S,) were accompanied by three adults (Mr Carlson, Mr. Johnston and Mr. O'Brien) for the weekend trip.
We left Key Food just after 6 A.M. in a big red 15-passenger van, and after a long drive and a couple of stops arrived at the Boston Council's Camp Sayer in Milton Massachusetts at 11:30. We settled into what were luxury accommodations by Troop 75 standards -- a cabin with heat and a gas stove -- quickly unpacked our gear, ate lunch and climbed back into the van to head for town,
We drove to a nearby station to board the Boston Transit System's subway, known as "the T" and half an hour later we were standing on the Boston Common, the oldest public park in America and the starting point of the Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is a walk through historic old Boston, visiting some of the sites that played a role in the very early history of America. In addition to the Common, we stopped at the site of the Boston Massacre, the graves of historical figures such as John Hancock and Samuel Adams, the home of patriot Paul Revere and the Old North Church where Revere saw the "two if by sea" lanterns at the start of his famous ride. Along the way we had to answer a set of questions taken from sights on the trail, in order to qualify for the Freedom Trail patch.
From the end of the Freedom Trail we walked to Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market for dinner (we had hoped to visit the New England Aquarium but ran out of time.) Mr Carlson's daughter Erica, a student at Boston University, met us for dinner and then led us through the subway system to the Boston Science Museum where we took in an IMAX movie about "The Mysteries of Egypt"
We returned to camp tired from a long day and all were soon asleep. Next morning, after a quick breakfast, we traveled to Charlestown Naval Yard to visit the U.S.S. Constitution. A sailor from the U.S. Navy gave us a guided tour of "Old Ironsides", one of the most famous ships in existence and the oldest commissioned warship in the world. We were also able to tour the U.S.S. Cassin Young, a WWII destroyer docked at Charlestown. Then after a visit to the nearby U.S.S. Constitution Museum we boarded the van for our trip home.
The weekend was busy and the weather was perfect and a great time was had by all. A special thanks to Mr. Johnston for his terrific effort in making all the arrangements for this terrific weekend.
- Mr. Carlson
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