Today found us all getting up rather early. Conductor (obviously) loves trains. I’ve been talking about taking him to Boston on the Amtrak Downeaster train now for a couple years. My MIL treated us to tickets and off we went. Well, that sounds simple. We were up at 5am since we live about two hours north of the closest station. I think he was pretty happy about the whole trip though.
The train takes about 2-1/2 hours to get from Portland to Boston. My SIL and her two young boys went with us. My boys enjoyed seeing their cousins.
But the train - that was probably the highlight.
We left the station and headed out to find the Public Garden. Earlier this year Happy & I did a Five in a Row study on Make Way for Ducklings. I wanted him to see the Garden, ride on the swan boats, and see the Make Way for Ducklings statue.
Riding the Swan Boat…
Jack picked out a stuffed swan that we named “Bella” as his souvenir of the day.
We then walked back to the Aquarium stopping for lunch on the way. Check out this flower we saw growing in one of the city gardens along the way.
The Aquarium was a “zip-zam-zoom” kind of trip. We only had a little over an hour to spend there before we had to head back to the station to make our way back home. Here are some photos of our time.
Penguins – lots of penguins. It was feeding time too!
Hello, Mr. Turtle.
Near the end….
It was a long 18 hour day but fun. The boys had a great time and really, that’s all that mattered.