So a bit ago I got a full season membership to Charles River Canoe and Kayak. I also bought a new waterproof camera as a prep-point for taking Spring Break in France. Combining these two means that I can take pictures out on the water, and that I can get out onto the water for cheap. So… why not, right? It’s a medium-warm day in May, let’s get into the Charles!
- Start out the adventure by texting everyone while I’m at brunch… btw, brunch? Balling. So good! The brunch place that I usually go to upgraded its fare – they raised the price and cut out the menu options, but holy crap it was worth it. Carving station, omelette station, extra snacks… yeah. I enjoy going to the Foundry.
- Emma’s the only one to reply, so we aim to meet up after I finish gardening
- Finish gardening, get ambushed by neighbors (which is nice), and then meet up with Emma… late as always. I’m sorry Emma!
- It’s too cold to go in the water Wait, they’re joking! They call out to us as we’re about to walk away that it’s warm enough now! Just barely… but they can’t rent to anyone if the water temp is below 55 Deg.F – and it just hit 55.5 Deg.F out.
- They make us go through a whole slew of cold water release and waiver forms. Emma’s a bit worried, but we get a really stable Kayak to make up for it. Tie up the gear, get situated, and head out.
- The channel is kind of choppy, but nothing too bad.
- We’re about to get out into open water… Wait, the channel. The protected, enclosed channel, was choppy. Shit. Now we’re out on the river itself…. The river? 3ft waves.
- Emma starts to worry, but we’ve got this. Water spraying as we bash through the waves, paddles straining deep. Cue battle-music and some old grizzled sea-dog screaming orders over a hurricane.
- We can’t work through these waves… we need to make a break for shore, so we turn toward the esplanade and make landfall on a small dock.
- Beach in the esplanade, reorganize, and have a snack. Give Emma my waterproof layer.
- Now that we’re in the sheltered esplanade, it’s really nice! We take our time and mosey through the small channels. The trees are all in bloom, and it’s gorgeous with the cherry blossoms sprinkling down.
- After we get to the far end, we turn around and head back. Once we’re out into the river the waves aren’t super bad this time. The wind died down, I guess.
- Bike back, via the Harvard Square May Day event. Listen to some cool music and roll out home
- Have dinner, have a fire, and relax the night away. Nice.
After getting home from my folks place slightly later than planned, I didn’t really do much relaxing on Saturday. So Sunday became my chill out day.
It started as many of my weekends do; getting brunch in Somerville. Davis Square, this time, at the Foundry. They always have a brunch Buffet on Sunday mornings, but this time they went all out – see, the usual plan on the chef’s part is to do a halfsies thing. Partially brunch buffet, and partially a brunch menu. Both are really good, but neither one is particularly extensive. This time though, they cut the menu out completely, instead focusing in on creating a full-on brunch menu. Sausage and gravy biscuits? Yep, we got it. Bacon and Sausage? Ohh hell yes. Omelette Station and prime-rib carving dock? Ohh you best believe it’s done medium rare.
So I ate, drank coffee, and was merry playing with my fancy new camera (Ed Note: expect Ben to post some silly “camera review” thing later). It was nice, and I even had the Chef come out to ask how I liked the new style of breakfast. I can’t tell if she was just asking everyone, or if I’ve shown up often enough that they think I’m someone important.
Either way, I got an extra little nice surprise on the walk home – I took a slightly different path than I usually take, and it made all the difference… (poem poem poem)
It was open-garden day in Somerville! Lots of small gardens were open to us plebeians, but this one caught my eye the most – it’s an amazing fusion of a standard Asian scholars garden, and a more rustic New England style; the husband works with rocks, and the wife works with the plants and planters. I was lucky enough to chat with them for a while, and even get a few pictures…
Saturday & Sunday, 21-Dec and 22-Dec, 2013
It’s a relaxing day, nothing really goes on, to be honest. I get up late, I laze around in my bathrobe, and I do a bit of reading and a bit of gaming. I do head out into Davis to buy steaks from McKinnons, but that doesn’t happen until the last minute, of course.
Now that I’ve left the house, it’s time to get everything moving. I do a quick prep of the steaks (salting and oiling them) & then jump on my bike toward Brooklyn Boulders, where I get a quick hour of bouldering in. Even though it’s short, I do enjoy it… just good to move my arms, especially when I’ll be away for the whole next week.
After I get back from the gym, a quick shower gets me ready to meet up with Terese, cook steaks, and have a very relaxed night in Boston before flying out to Tucson. FYI – I cook a mean steak.
Watch Game of Thrones, crash. Simple and easy.
We cook up a quick breakfast out of steak leftovers, since it’s getting a bit late and Terese and I want to get moving, so that we can go…
Hike in the Fells! It’s a bit snowy and a bit icey and more than a bit wet and gross. But it’s also quite definitely FUN! The slippery footing isn’t too much, so we do a quick “there and back again” loop, maybe three or five miles around the car. It’s a good time, especially since the weather is, for once, cooperating and giving me a fine sendoff.
Back at my place, I confirm that my packing list is complete, and then do a preliminary packing… basically just tossing everything in one of my old backpacking bags. One of those ones that’s big enough to hold clothes and ancillaries for a week… but small enough to easily fit into the planes overhead compartment.
After the quick packing, We head to brunch at a place called Foundry; an awesome and amazing restaurant in Davis. They have an excellent Brunch with biscuits and gravey, and we tear into it. Side note, there’s TONS of runners in funny outfits, thanks to the “5k jingle run” that happened in Davis a bit earlier. Aaaahhhhhh so many runner girls!
Head back, finish packing & head to airport toward Arizona!