|John at Fort Warren|
We searched high and low for her:
Isn't that blue on the shutters fantastic? Just really beachy and old fashioned.
It was fun learning about the fort and seeing all the Civil War memorabilia housed here:
We saw the old bakery, the hospital with its paneled walls and explored all the tunnels and domed ceilings.
Some areas were off limits, but I couldn't resist a closer look at this sign:
Or these doors:
The views from the ramparts were beautiful (even on an overcast day).
|From a look out tower|
John wanted me to share his video with you all:
|Conor & I on the way to Spectacle|
After hours and hours of exploring Fort Warren, we decided to hop on another ferry. We headed to nearby Spectacle Island.
We were all super hungry so stopped for some lunch at the Summer Shack snack bar. John & Conor enjoyed the hot dogs. Just be aware that it is a snack bar so there is no corn dogs (which my kids really love from the Summer Shack Restaurant).
|Hot Dogs at the Summer Shack Snack Bar|
After filling our bellies, we were off to explore the beaches at the rest of the island. Prior to the Big Dig restoration project, Spectacle Island had a very interesting past - it was used for farming, a glue factory, a hospital and a garbage dump. Seeing the island now, with its beautiful landscape and winding trails you would never know it was a dump.
I absolutely loved the beaches because they were filled with sea glass:
Above is just a sampling of some sea glass people had found. There were large pieces of all different colors. Check out these beautiful white ones:
I'd never before seen pottery shards on the beach. On Spectacle there were some pieces as big as half plates. Here is just a sampling:
I love that little blue and white one. On our walk around the island we came across a very hungry and very large raccoon having a mid day snack. John took this photo:
I'm not sure if you can see it down there. He kind of blends in with the rocks. Amazing to watch him catching fish.
We walked and walked and walked. It was such an excellent and fun day. I highly recommend a trip to the Harbor Islands if your local or coming to Boston for a visit. There are 12 islands in all and over 1600 acres to explore. Their slogan of "minutes away, worlds apart" really is true. I'm even toying with the idea of camping over night on one of the islands with my boys (and I don't camp!).
By the end of our journey we were all very tired and needing a nap...