Monday, April 14, 2008


A short drive up from Boston is Concord. This is a statue of a minute man which stands about 20 yards away from where the opening rounds of the Revolutionary war were fired.

This graveyard is called "Sleepy Hollow" which equals creepy. In this little corner called Authors' Hill, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau are all buried.

This is Orchard House, where the Alcott's lived. In front, they were staging some drills. Louisa May Alcott started out writing the sorts of stories that Jo writes; murder mysteries, vampire stories and the like. Her editor told her that there was a big demand for girl's books. Louisa didn't know much about girls as she was mostly a tomboy, but she decided to write a book based on her sisters. As we toured the house, it was really neat because all the characters in the book more or less lived there. Their names were different, but we saw "Beth's" piano and "'Amy's" paintings. Below is the desk where Louisa wrote Little Women.

Walden Pond. It was so cold here. It was around 33 or 34 degrees and snowing. I'm not sure what made this 34 degrees so much colder than the 34 degrees in Boston, but I was so cold, I was pretty sure my ears were going to freeze off my head. Thus, we didn't stay at any of these places for very long. If it had been warmer, we would have explored the battlefield, toured Emerson's house, and walked around to see the little hut that Thoreau lived in on Walden Pond. But, it was freezing, and we had a flight to catch.


Myriah said...

Umm... i have never read Little Women. I have tried, unsuccessfully on many accounts to finish the book, but i just can't manage it. I think i've seen the movie once, but don't really remember it.

I haven't ever owned up to this, and i feel like i have been living a lie. Everyone just assumes that i know all about it, and when Little Women is mentioned in conversation, i can get by.

The thing is, in 1994, i was given a book, "The Story of Louisa May Alcott," by Joan Howard. It was such a page turner, and i absolutely loved it. Because of this, i decided i would love to read Little Women, but i was wrong.

It was basically like reading a long, expanded and not for the better version of the book i had just read. So.

There you go.

Allison said...

I was reading the caption to the first picture and as I was skimming, I read, "miniature man" not "minute man". No lie- I looked at the statue again and thought, "He's not that small."

Sean,Patty, Merrick and Memphis Donovan said...

Totally cool trip!!! So rich in American History, I love it. Do you feel smarter now that you know all the cool details of our American ancestors?
Patty Donovan

Anne & Aaron said...

is this the words longest vacation?? i'm jealous!!!

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