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The Boston skyline from a kayak on the Charles River

So I’m trying to get a round of golf played in all 50 states of the United States of America. But it’s not exactly like I’m just touching down, hitting the first tee and then it’s wheels up again. The coolest part, and probably the real reason I’m even attempting this, is to get to see all the different flavors each state has to offer. I got a small taste of the nation when some friends and I somehow survived a 43-day, 10,000 mile road trip to every baseball stadium in 2006 (Mario Kart got us through some long drives). I’m 12 states in these first 24 months and have done plenty of awesome things away from the course. There’s been a night out on 6th Street in Austin after I, along with over 100,000 other fans decked out in burnt orange, took in a University of Texas home game. I’ve ventured into Tootsie’s in downtown Nashville, walked along the Seattle waterfront and seen all the crazies during a Halloween weekend in Las Vegas. I’ve gotten to tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and catch up with people I rarely see like my grandparents in California or childhood best friend in Atlanta. With all that, I figure it might be a little different and maybe interesting to show some of these other things off.

I am well aware 90% of my friends either don’t like golf or don’t like to read, most likely both. Thank God for easy-to-use DSLR cameras. Everyone likes pictures. So below are some fun things I got to do over the 4th of July weekend in Boston while visiting another childhood friend, and that place is oozing history. It’s incredible not only to see, smell and touch all the sites where the American Revolution erupted from, but how incredibly they have been preserved nearly 250 years later for the world to experience and still learn from. So, here goes, a quick tour of Boston (not that quick, there’s a lot of walking to do in that city).

July 4

The day began with a quick game of frisbee before the heat halted it. Then off to Fenway Park to watch my Padres let up 8 runs and 18 hits to the Red Sox.

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The historic Green Monster at Fenway Park

Fortunately I was too busy enjoying the atmosphere of baseball’s most rabid fans to notice my favorite team drop their 4th straight on their way to 10 consecutive L’s. We did see David Ortiz hit his 500th career double, for what that’s worth. But while 18 runs sounds exciting, the real fireworks were still to come, sitting and waiting on a barge in the Charles River. Then the most electrifying fireworks show I have ever seen. Even the beginning was better than any finale I had seen to date. I told Vik that he’s ruined fireworks for me, because now nothing I see can ever compare.

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boston 4th of july fireworks charles river
boston 4th of july fireworks charles river

July 5

The weekend continued as I set off along the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail alone. Vik had to get to the lab and continue curing cancer.

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At Boston Common, where the sheep no longer graze freely
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The Massachusetts State House and its gold dome
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The view from inside the dome of the State House
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The Old South Meeting House, one of the pivotal locations of the American Revolution’s early days
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This is the very room where Sam Adams and his Sons of Liberty hatched the plan for the Boston Tea Party
All that planning must have made them hungry, because next door sits the Chipotle the Founding Fathers liked to frequent after long debate sessions
All that planning must have made them hungry, because next door sits the Chipotle the Founding Fathers liked to frequent after long debate sessions
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The Old State House
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The very site of the Boston Massacre, where the hopes of any peace with England died with the 5 men slain on    March 5, 1770
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Paul Revere’s house, who even back in 1776 had better living quarters than some apartments I’ve inhabited
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The obelisk atop Bunker Hill sits as a memorial to the key battle when the American militia realized they could hang with the big, bad Redcoats
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Looking out from the deck of the USS Constitution, still afloat over 200 years later

July 6

There is also fun modern things to do in Boston. Well, relatively modern when you consider that we took a tour of 101-year-old Fenway Park in the morning. But the Prudential Tower, aquarium and local beer are also fun, air conditioned ideas during the humid summers.

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From atop the Prudential Tower, the old architecture of Boston is still very visible
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Nothing of note, just a nice picture of some buildings by the water
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The Boston Public Library
A penguin relaxing at the New England Aquarium
A penguin relaxing at the New England Aquarium

We also golfed this day, but that round at South Shore Country Club has already been covered.

July 7

The last day was somehow the most grueling, with a 5 mile or so kayak ride from Cambridge down to the Mass Ave bridge and back. It brings a cool perpective of the city and even while being exhausting is still relaxing. Plus it wore me out so I could sleep during my 3 hour delay on the tarmac at Newark International.

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Harvard University
The JFK memorial bridge and some MIT buildings
The JFK memorial bridge and some MIT buildings

And that’s how my trip to Boston went. I loved all the history and being able to walk in the same steps as heavyweights like John Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry and Joseph Warren. There are so many sites that every American should make a pilgrammage to. These are the walls that housed a movement that would change the world. A group of rebels overthrew the mighty British Empire. Their success was so influential it toppled the French monarchy not long after and their words still have meaning today. If only they had laid out their streets a bit more orderly… It is a big contrast to compare the plans of a city built for walking and horseback compared to out here in Phoenix where a car is mandatory just to get groceries.

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