Sean’s Journal: As a quick summary of last evening and this morning… I have one observation from last night’s campground experience. I was really intrigued as I watched a group of teenagers who were camping next to me as they sat at their picnic table playing video games on their notepad computers. I wondered if they also had frisbees, ball gloves, and fishing poles. This morning, I had breakfast at Friendly’s on the Boston Post Road, not far from Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Then, I attended church at the Latter-day Saints meetinghouse nestled within the beautiful woods of Marlboro. It was great to experience the Sunday fellowship. A few individuals remembered your young family from some years back. Vince, I’ll text you their names.
Welcome Words from Ellen. Also, on this Sunday morning, I received a longer-than-usual email from Ellen. She’s making plans to continue her education at Boise State in the fall. She has been reading our blog and has become intrigued by the idea of some cross-country travel in the years ahead. I told her how much you and Marie enjoy traveling together in your motorhome. She said, “That sounds so enjoyable.” I heartily agreed and mentioned how I looked forward to having a traveling companion like Marie to join me on future journeys.
Wayside Inn. Okay, Vince, I stopped and lingered just a while at the Wayside Inn. I’m hooked on New England, the wooded hills, the colonial buildings, and the tangible sense of the history that was made here. As I sat on an old wooden bench, I wished I had brought one of your and my favorite books, The Poetry of Robert Frost. Vince, we must have more in common than we realize. It’s great. There’s still a twenty-something kid in me and yet I can picture myself as older and as one who enjoys nature, literature, and history more and more. I think God, himself, must stroll through the woods and read poetry. Go to Wayside online at: http://www.wayside.org/
As I left Wayside Inn, it was late morning, so I figured I could take Route 20 eastward and probably experience less traffic than earlier or later in the day. I have three destinations in mind based on your recommendations, Vince: (1) Downtown Boston with The Freedom Trail and Quincy Market, (2) Gloucester with the twin lighthouses, and (3) the famous village of Rockport. I’ll provide some links along with a few highlights. Also, some of my conversations with people along the way are recorded in my notebook. I plan to summarize some of the most interesting things I’m learning in an upcoming journal entry.
Downtown Boston. Okay, here are the highlights of my experience in the marvelous City of Boston. Besides the people watching and all the historical buildings, I walked The Freedom Trail to immerse myself in the history (see links below). Then I went to hang out at the Quincy Market where Vince’s family loved to stroll about and to eat. I wish we had a Quincy Market in Utah—that sums it up. Besides the buzz of people, there are so many scrumptious local and international foods to choose from. Take a quick historic tour at: https://www.thefreedomtrail.org/
Up the Coastline. Next, I drove around Boston harbor and up the coast through the historic villages (now suburbs) of Revere, Saugus, Salem, and on to Gloucester, then Rockport. Wow–what beautiful coastal scenery and quaint neighborhoods along with the really-old and other modern buildings. Vince will comment on his experiences at the Twin-light Manor Inn. Please check a map to see the little peninsula at Cape Ann where Rockport is located. Enjoy, enjoy: https://www.rockportusa.com/
Oh, what a great day this has been. I’m going to head back to Cambridge to stay for the night unless I can’t keep the cost low. I’d like to see the Harvard campus before I head south of Boston to Plymouth Rock and then on to Newport to see the grand mansions of years gone by along with the Naval shipyards. There is so very much to see and do in this part of the country. Wow, double wow!
Vince’s Response: Sean, you almost leave me speechless, which is a rare thing. You are bringing back such fantastic and sublime memories of the places our family visited and the people we met along the way. I just pulled my Robert Frost book to a more prominent position on my desk. I am so happy you are having a good exchange with Ellen. I am anxious to meet her. She must add to your incentive to travel efficiently as well as joyfully, and to not linger for too, too long on the road. There is much for you to do here in Utah as you consider continuing your education and whatever lies beyond that.
Gloucester. BTW: Thanks for sending the names of those special Sunday morning connections you made. You’ll help to renew some old friendships. And, now let me tell you and our readers about my experiences at Gloucester. At the time, I was the Manager of Corporate Quality Services for a great company, Digital Equipment Corporation. They created the mini-computer revolution that challenged IBM’s supremacy in the computer industry. DEC was my favorite employer owing somewhat to the mentorship of my favorite “boss” ever. He knows who he is. He truly unleashed my teaching and consulting talents by letting me take teams of DEC employees to a retreat at what was then the Twin-light Manor Inn. Those were the days of flipcharts before PowerPoint. I would help these teams accomplish “Team Effectiveness” and “Customer Astonishment.” We would sit in the restaurant at lunchtime enjoying the original water color paintings on the walls as we looked out the window at the beaches of Cape Ann and the two distinctive lighthouses standing in the distance. I still remember a couple of early evening clam bakes on the beach. Where’s Scotty (Star Trek)? I want him to beam me back.
Bookends: (1) Sitting in the New England woods on an old wooden bench with Robert Frost’s book in your hands is heaven, especially if you hear your children giggling in the distance as they chase each other around the old Grist Mill. (2) Stay in touch with the ones you love. (3) Recognize great mentors and keep them in your life.