Monday, October 15, 2012

A Chilly River Cruise

Earlier this year my mom won some tickets for a riverboat ride here in town. Admittedly, I have lived in Northfield most of my life, but have never been on the Quinnetucket II. Isn't that often the case with attractions right in our own backyards? She decided that we should all go and yesterday was the day. It may have been a better choice to go earlier in the season (they were pulling the boat out of the water today for the winter), but on the up side we didn't have to deal with lots of others on the boat with us. There were 6 other brave souls but they were more concerned with staying warm than what we or our children were doing. Despite the weather, we had a great time. The kids were all really good and all of us learned a lot. The woman who was doing the tour was excellent and she gave lots of history and interesting facts about the river and surrounding areas. We are approaching peak foliage here so on a sunny day I imagine the trees would have been spectacular and created an amazing view along the way. I was driving near the boat launch the other day and it was breath-taking. I took a couple of pictures of the trees, but a gloomy day doesn't do much to highlight the colors.
 The boat

Jason, Ethan and Evan waiting to get on board

 Grammy and Mags

Checking it all out

The whole family (minus me, but someone had to take the picture)

Maggie entertaining herself by playing games with Aunty Stacy

Captain Braeden

The French King Bridge 
(There were many interesting facts about the building of the bridge)

I love the fall, even on a gloomy day

I can't believe that I've never been on the ride before. It takes about an hour and a half and travels from Northfield to Barton's Cove in Turners Falls and back. I know that we will go again in the future because the kids all came come excited about what they saw and learned. 

And then we got home to see the Space Jump. How crazy was that?? 


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