Boston (and other parts of MA, ME & NH) was a great adventure. By OT's report, Altoid did the airtravel so gracefully that he formally thanked her after we picked up their bags from the carousel (they traveled together, I had gone a few days early for work).
In general, she was a graceful travelor, and the stress was definitely on. She never had her usual amount of sleep the entire 10 days. We had one weird little melt-down, and one pathetic one.
The weird one was getting into a friend's car and using a booster seat. Altoid flipped and wouldnt be calmed. Thank goodness there were two mothers-of-three in the car. They just ignored her and kept chatting. Upon arrival, she was appropriately chastized, made her apologies, and later we realized she thought it would be a long car ride and she wanted the car seat to sleep. Thank goodness she wasnt in it - the trip was < 10 min. She then was quite well behaved during a lunch which did not appeal to her in the slightest. The pathetic instance was after a hard day, a short night, another hard day. My hat blew off and into the water. Since we were on the destroyer ?Crispin Young? at the time, no retrieval was possible. My oh my did she mourn that hat with sad heartbroken little tears and quiet sobs on my shoulder. Oddly, she seemed to have cried the fatigue away, because she didnt nap when we did get back to the car. When she first started to be sad, I pointed out it was only a hat and not important. She and Daddy were important. She replied "I want you to think that hat is important" and cried harder. KSTDT
She also managed the flight home with 'flying colors'. There was minor fuss at loss of a perfectly placed window - we had to move so we could all sit together. Then she relaxed. Occasionally she'd quietly comment about the screaming toddler one row up "that little boy's screaming is annoying", then she'd settle back to whatever she was doing. She took a nap thank goodness (I'd hold folded blankets over her ears when it looked like she would wake up because... waking Altoid up too early in her sleep cycle is a very unpleasant experience. She'd have made the upset toddlers sound like newborns). When she woke, she wanted a DVD. The d*A&^*() player was busted! She didnt even make a fuss. She watched us try to troubleshoot and fix it, and seemed to thoroughly understand it was out of our control.
I still cant believe how easy she was to travel with.
And at our host's house, she was so enthralled with his kids (10 yr olds), that she did her very best not to need us. :happy dance:
Boston has lots to see. We only saw some of what it has to offer -
the duckling statues (we read the book last night Make Way for Ducklings, and Altoid remembered many of the locations)
We dragged her the length of the Freedom Trail and then tried for the Constitution, but couldnt manage the line (this failure was OTs and mine. Too hot to stand for so long), so settled for only the one ship.
I saw the musical instrument exhibit at the fine arts museum before they arrived
the sub Albacore (new hampshire)'
Maine coast, maine lobsters, etc.
italian food in the North End, and play in the public fountain out that way
If one can get a reasonably central hotel, Boston feels like a perfect destination for those with short legs and lots of energy. Things are close enough together, and the T is very good.
Probably the high light of the trip tho was the trip to Hahtfud and meeting with the other b.commies.
The radio station staff is gracious and friendly beyond belief, as were those we met up with.
Altoid - curiously strong.