Trip to Boston and Vermont (5 Days/4 Nights)
03 October 2002 to 07 October 2002

Directory listing of pictures just in case you don't want to read this trip report.

We left Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Thursday, 03 October 2002, at 9:15am. Sky Harbor is a nice airport and we'd like to do a webpage about it someday. We got to airport early and the check-in was immediate due to no people and the fact we were using an eticket. Wed decided to exercise by walking the airport and discovered the Freedom Quilt hanging a lonely part of terminal four. The Freedom Quilt is a huge American flag. Sky Harbor offers nice views of nearby South Mountain and downtown Phoenix.

The flight to Boston arrived early and we set foot into the state of Massachusetts. [We want to Thank America West for doing another good job. We are a small America West shareholder.]

We rented a car and drove through the Sumner Tunnel to get to our motel located south of Boston in Braintree.

Early Friday AM we walked to the Braintree train station and took the train/subway to downtown Boston. The weather was overcast, but it never rained.

Upon arriving downtown, we visited the Free Software Foundation located at 59 Temple Place -- Suite 330.

We walked the Freedom Trail that guides visitors on a journey through the past that as lived by others. We didn't know about The Freedom Trail upon arriving in Boston and it was an unexpected treat. Downtown Boston was nice.

State House
Granary Burial Ground | Old graves | Paul Revere
Tall Clock Building | an Old Building | a New Bridge | a Fire House
Bunker Hill | tall tower | straight up | cannons | downtown Boston
USS Constitution | Freedom Trail Litter | Homeless on Freedom Trail

After the Freedom Trail I walked over the Longfellow Bridge to Cambridge and visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Roamed hallways, visited a classroom and found network cabling in an MIT basement.

WE returned to Boston via the Harbor Bridge and walked along Beacon Street and came across "Cheers." I had myself a Boston Ale. On my way back to the train I encountered an urban Canadian Honker goose.

Boston has a lively downtown and we liked it. Downtown is crowded with people and most of them are nice, but there are few idiots who do not respect other people's property.

We felt sorry for this family unit.

We enjoyed a hotdog from the Hotdog Kings since 1909.

We returned to Braintree and spent night number two.

On day three (Saturday, 05 October 2002), we drove north through Boston (past Boston Unversity) and went to the CPSR Conference held in the JFK School of Government building at Harvard University.

The CPSR Conference was good and RoadHacker enjoyed saying "Hello" to a few people and taking in the presentations. There were people there from all over the world. Attendance was good.

RoadHacker found navigating the JFK School of Government building difficult; it has 1/2 floors. I've never been on floor 3 1/2 before. It was a weird building and I didn't like it.

RoadHacker said Hello to Brian Behlendorf and Nathaniel Borenstein, and I listened to Simson Garfinkle speak. [hyperlinks at the end of document]

RoadHacker walked around the Harvard campus and tried to take pictures, but the big trees made it tough to photograph.

Foo to Harvard | Old Church | Library | Church Steeple

We left Cambridge at around 6:00pm on Saturday and drove 60 miles west to Leonminster and spent night number three. The next morning -- Sunday -- the road trip to northern Vermont started at 7:00am (sun up).

New England Town | Smokie Lake | Southern Vermont Border

A drive north up I-91 allowed a visit to the Cornish-Windsor Bridge. This is the longest covered bridge in the U.S.A. We drove through it twice; it is not very wide. This bridge spans the Connecticut River connecting Windsor, VT with the New Hampshire. [The Live Free Or Die state.]

A few miles more north and then a left turn west onto VT Hwy-4 for a drive if scenic views and more covered bridges.

Quechee Gorge
Little Red Bridge #1 | Little Red Bridge #2 | another bridge | another bridge
Scenic View

VT Hwy-4 takes you west to Rutland and then turn north onto VT Hwy-7 and head for Burlington. My time was running out so the picture taking had to stop.

We spent a sunny afternoon with RoadHacker's old college buddy, John Trono.

We left Trono's at 4:30pm and drove I-89 south-east to New Hampshire, then I-93 south to Massachusetts and spent the final night in Tweksbury (about 30 miles north of Boston). We got stuck in a huge traffic jam on I-93 in New Hampshire -- it took my over an hour to go 15 miles. [no picture]

Directory listing of pictures.

Creator: Gerald Thurman (RoadHacker) []
Created: 08 Oct 2002

I went to Boston for the 2002 CPSR Conference held on Saturday, 05 October 2002. I want to Thank everybody who attended the conference, but I especially want to Thank the following for their positive contributions to computing.

Brian Behlendorf | Simson Garfinkle | Nathanial Borenstein