Thursday, March 1, 2012

Off to the Aquarium

On Tuesday we decided to forge off on a adventure to the Boston Aquarium.  Phoebe has been begging us to ride on a train for weeks so we decided to drive from Concord, NH into a computer rail and take that into the city.  We could have parked for cheaper but the kids loved the ride. Why don't they make public transit cheaper??? If they want people to use it, it should be dirt cheap. Really.

Here we are outside the museum.  Our friends Alisona and Ray met us there, thus the group shot. Elliot was just dying to see penguins after his performance in the Penquin Follies at school the week before (see picture below- thank you Mimi) and they have a great penguin exhibit at the museum.  See the resemblance:

We got there in the afternoon which was actually perfect timing; all the school trips and most of the younger napping children had left.  Although this is the hour of young children meltdowns but it wasn't so crowded that you couldn't escape. I am proud to say that Elliot managed his sensory issues with the dark moody sounds of the Aquarium.  When he was a young child, it just completely freaked him out and he was misreable.  He loved it this time.
The ray touch tank was by far one of the highlights of our trip to the Aquarium.  Elliot and I could have stayed there forever.  The rays are smooth and rubbery and soft and wonderful feeling.  Really, it was so cool.  They just fly through the water and brush up against the side of the tank like they want to be touched.  Elliot and I could have stayed there for hours. We both drenched our shirts and had to walk around with wet sleeves for the next few hours. (A few years ago this would have put Elliot in a fit but we rolled up his sleeve and he dealt with it. So great to see him growing up.)
One of our family favorites, the seahorse.  

Some New Hampshire people go to Florida for their vacation, we just looked at it.  The sea lion came right up to the glass where Elliot was.  He looked at Elliot, Elliot looked at him and then they both looked at the lock.  I swear that Elliot would have been playing with that sea lion in minutes if they had been able to get to each other.  It was this funny little playful moment. 

The seals outside.  We were all fascinated by how they swim. 

The best part of the aquarium is that it makes you feel like you are under water.  I am most definitely a water person.  It's sort of floaty, dark, and peaceful.  The book that I'm writing most definitely takes place near the water, on the Maine coast.  It put me in just the ride mood. 

Afterwards we went to Mike's Pasteries in the North End where they wrap up your sweets (canollis, choclate cake as big as a fist, brownies slathered with chocolate frosting) in boxes with bakery twine.  I didn't even take a picture of the box.  We gobbled it all up. Yummmmm!

It's snowing like crazy outside.  Only the second time this winter.  Tomorrow we are off for two days at an indoor water park in North Conway, NH.  Phoebe tried on her bathing suits today to see what still fit.  It cracks me up to try on bathingsuits when it is snowing outside.  What a modern world we live in. We can swim inside while it is snowing outside. The kids are out of their mind excited!

Happy Vacation!


  1. fun post ... and great family pictures :)

  2. Reading this was just as good a way to put off writing a paper as a blog post of my own would have been - even better! Enjoyed the photos and hearing about the day. The commuter train from Newburyport is quite inexpensive. A family pass (2 adults, 2 children, round trip) is about $25.