There are plans for local yokels me and ponders_life to walk the Freedom Trail tomorrow. Then it's the Head of the Charles Regatta, and Monday...it's looking like Haunted Happenings in Salem and Cape Ann for now.
And, ooooo, right in time for peak leaf-peeping season.
Of course, being a local, I have never walked The Freedom Trail. I've visited parts of it. I've happened to be going in the same direction as the red brick line, but actually doing something touristy and following it?
Amazingly enough, the Freedom Trail is in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Things like this make me blink. The Freedom Trail is cool, and I totally dig the history, but really? Something you have to see before you die? Occupying the same book as, I dunno, Versailles, the Taj Mahal, the Acropolis, and the Great Pyramids of Giza?
I think my brain just broke.
Yet I know — and always knew in that vague way a local does when they live close to or within the bounds of an international tourist destination — that people from all over the world come to visit Boston, in large part to tromp along the Freedom Trail. Hell, I once met a honeymooning couple from Columbus, Ohio, who decided that a honeymoon in Boston was the coolest thing ever. After you picked me, my brother, and my parents off the pavement, I'm pretty sure we echoed the big question, "Why would you do that?"
"Ummmm, because this is where the U.S. Revolution started?" came the tentative answer.
Picture us shuffling. "Oh. Yeah. Right. Got a good point there. We'll be over here. Trying to look cooler than thou."
I think my problem is I live too close to it and I've seen bits and pieces of it multiple times. It'll be fun to walk the whole thing and see it the way most people from out-of-town see it. The problem is, I know a lot of interesting spots that are around if we just walk one block this way or that. Chances are there's gonna be some serious distractions. It's only 2.5 miles long (give or take), but chances are we're gonna walking more like 10 by the time we're through.
Heeee! This'll be a blast.