We cleared out of our home in Boston, which was a little bit sad. I'm not sure we had one more day of things we really needed to do in that town. But one more day would've given us the chance to relax in that home, which I believe is the nicest we ever have rented on our vacations.
|Sam and Caroline outside the home at 35 Moraine.|
We did hit one more tourist site on the way out of town, the National Park Service site located at President Kennedy's birthplace. The home there is a somewhat modest one. Actually, it was very similar to our rental home in terms of its size and appointments. Joe Kennedy, Sr. bought it as an up-and-coming member of the Boston political community, so it looks and feels like the starter home of an affluent couple.
The president only lived there for the first few years of his life. His more formative years were spent at a home a few blocks away. Rose Kennedy purchased the property in the 1960s with the intention of opening it as a museum and transferring it to the government.
|The front porch of Kennedy's birthplace.|
|If you look hard, you can see Sherry reading to the kids on the porch of Kennedy's birthplace.|
|Sam and Caroline get sworn in as Junior Rangers by Jon Streff, Gettysburg Class of '96. Jon seemed to do a particularly thorough job verifying the kids' answers.|
Since there was more to see at Kennedy's birthplace, we ditched our idea of checking out the Museum of Fine Arts and headed straight for Acadia. The drive was about five hours. Leaving when we did allowed us the chance to get settled in at our motel. After figuring out that, yes, we got lucky with the accommodations we picked out in Bar Harbor we decided to push our luck by going out to a real restaurant. The four of us ate at This Way Cafe where the kids surprised us by trying lobster and crab (Sam) and eating a Caesar Salad (Caroline).
|Sam tries a spring roll loaded with crab and lobster.|
|Outside Cafe This Way|