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Our first day in Bean Town

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

What's Boston, Mass known for? Food...Boston Baked Beans, Boston Cream Pie. Sports...Fenway Park and the Red Sox and the Garden (Bruins and Celtics). And of course...

Our home for five days was Hanscom Air Force Base Family Camp. Hanscom's host unit is the 66th Air Base Group, which is part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The men and women of the 66th Air Base Group secure, support and sustain more than 10,000 active duty, Reserve and National Guard military personnel along with Department of Defense civilians & contractors who work and live at Hanscom Air Force Base. Additionally, they support approximately 130,000 retired military personnel, annuitants and spouses living in the six-state New England area and New York area.

Hanscom FamCamp is an RV and tent campground located 3 miles outside of Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts. They offer 73 RV sites and 10 tent sites. The campground is located 15 miles west of Boston and surrounded by historic towns such as Lexington, Concord, and Lincoln.

We checked in on Wednesday, July 26 and within an hour and a half drove to the nearby Burlington Mall to get the #350 Transit Bus to Alewife MBTA Subway Transit Station. We transferred from the Red Line to the Green Line on our way to Kenmore Station. The Metro cars were packed with baseball fans headed to Fenway Park for the 7:10pm game. We had no tickets, but what the heck, we had to try because this was the last home game while we were here. Well gang, after almost 3 and a half hours of this adventurous odyssey to see a baseball game at Fenway...Eureka! We got our tickets, some appropriately over priced stadium food and found our seats with some other last minute attendees from Britain and Germany. I mean you can't make this stuff up!

The first six innings were sleepers. We got bored and decided to see some of the other vantage points at Fenway. You know, that's all it took. Once we started moving around someone must have called the two players benches and told them they're losing the Teague's interest. Well, maybe not but the action on the field sure got our attention and we headed back to our seats. We were still wandering around for "Take me out to the ballgame" between the 7th innings but were participants for the Fenway tradition of "Sweet Caroline" in the 8th.

Fenway was magical! It was a great game and great energy in the oldest baseball park in the US. We checked it off the bucket list. Did you know it opened in 1912. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is the next-oldest MLB ballpark and will celebrate its 99-year anniversary in 2023. After Fenway and Wrigley, all other MLB venues opened in 1962 or later. This is a real piece of baseball history and I'm so glad I got to share it with my best friend and reluctant baseball fan... KAREN of course!

After the game ended we once again entered the sea of humanity attempting to exit the stadium and get onto the Metro. Fortunately I purchased our returning tickets before the game. The subway scene was intense and I mean BO intense plus the crowded train cars. We arrived at the Alewife Station long after the last #350 Transit bus had left so we called a Lyft and got back to the truck before midnight.

Now I know many of you are asking questions like, "Are you crazy? What were you thinking?" Honestly, Karen and I are learning that these kinds of adventures make the journey more memorable. We've got to be a little crazy to do this life anyway. The only downside is our bodies don't have the endurance to bounce right back, so Thursday we recovered and recharged.


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