I sometimes worry that I’m becoming a cranky old man. First, let me say the kids had a good time at the aquarium. Second, my biggest takeaway was still the sticker shock at the ticket window. This is not uncommon recently. That entree costs what? Gas costs how much? You spent what on groceries?
We visited the New England Aquarium on a cold day over the February school break. I think if we visited when it was warmer and were able to go to the outside exhibits or exit and walk around the harbor area and return, it might have helped feel like we were able to get more value out of the trip. It’s centrally located, just a short walk from the Freedom Trail, Quincy Market and Boston Italian North End.
We took a trip to Chicago over Columbus Day weekend. It was supposed to be for the Chicago marathon. I’ve always wanted to run a major marathon so this was my 40th birthday present to myself. I signed up. We booked the flights. Found a hotel room in The Loop. We were on top of this.
Unfortunately, my 40 year old knee had other plans.
I haven’t run since June. I did not run the Chicago marathon. It was a little tough. The entire weekend was geared around running. Everywhere you looked you saw people running or getting ready to run. The entire plane was packed with runners and runners talking about running.
On the other hand, we had a great family trip and did a lot of things we probably would not have been able to do if I had run the race. Unlike Boston, Philly, NYC or D.C., which we’ve visited multiple times and can be more selective, we grabbed a CityPass and went straight tourist.