Field Trip Friday – Minute Man National Historical Park

Wow. I can’t believe it has taken me a month and a half to get all the Massachusetts posts up! What a trip! I promise this is the last one. 😉 I’ve been calling this part of the trip the North Bridge, and we did see the North Bridge, but it turns out we were at the Minute Man National Historical Park. (I found this out while writing quarterly reports which were mailed yesterday — WHOO HOO!)

To be honest, by this time in the trip everyone was pretty much ready to head for home. But our future was very uncertain (we were pretty sure we were moving to Tulsa, OK, at the end of the summer) and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see where Paul Revere stood waiting for the signal to ride. Plus, we ON PURPOSE read “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” by Longfellow before we left for Massachusetts.

Concord isn’t that big and we found the park easily. We parked near a visitor center and had to walk about a quarter of a mile to get to the bridge. Here is a shot of it as we started out walk.

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And yes, I did hear some grumping and complaining. (Can’t we just look at it from here? We can say we saw it. I’m tired. It’s hot…)

But the homeschool mom in me pressed on. Seriously, we can’t get that close and not go stand on the bridge, people!

Getting closer…

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Oh wait! Gotta run into this secret garden real quick…

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And someone else got distracted by wildflowers…

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Dad took the camera for a while. I like this shot he got of Jesse and me…

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Abe standing on the North Bridge. I’m not sure if I took this shot or if Kenny did, but we’re lucky to have it. Abe was not photo friendly on this trip!

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Taking a break and looking over at the “Old Manse” which was the home of Emerson’s father, William Emerson. They would have been able to see the first skirmish from their back windows.

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Monument at the site of the first resistance…

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Let’s get all the kids at the monument. 😉

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Back across the bridge…

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Poor Wes. He was so ready to go!

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Minute Man statue…

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(and no, I didn’t make all the kids get in a shot with the Minute Man statue. 😉 )

Can I jump in this little water puddle?

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Me, too!

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Seriously, Mom?

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Finally, we headed for home. When I walked out back to take some trash to the can, I was greeted by a garden snake!

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What a memorable trip. I’m not sure where we’re off to next. The kids want to join Little Troy Park again this summer so we’ll spend a lot of Fridays there. Novella wants to see the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. I want to go back to Massachusetts to Amherst and see the home of Emily Dickinson. And most of us want to get to New York City some day, but we’ve got to plan WAY ahead for a trip like that! The good news is we get to stay in New York for at least one more year! Yea!! We’re praying God will bless our sweet little church and we’ll get to stay longer.

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