The Posh Pine

by Bradie Jill

Fall in New England

Here is a sampling of my recent trip to Boston, up into Canada, and back to Boston. New England is magical in the fall.

Time spent in Boston: 

Here’s how trying oysters for the first time went haha

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    Needless to say, they weren’t my favorite.

Holy molly! Sweet Canolli from Mikes Pastries. If you are ever in Boston, this is a must taste!

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Boston is full of so much rich culture and history. It is truly hallowed American ground. A few of my favorite things included: the grave of Paul Revere and Harvard Square.

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Rubbing John Harvard’s toe for good luck in Harvard Square.

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Visiting where the first shot of the Revolution was fired was absolutely sacred. I stood on the stump of a tree that was there to witness history being made and the world being changed. America started right there! I also love the picture of my American Solider Father standing where the men first became American Soldiers.

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On Walden Pond is one of my favorite classics and one of the most renowned works of naturalist literature. It was surreal to read Walden by Henry David Thoreau, on Walden Pond.

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The picturesque site of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin.

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{I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived}

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The John F. Kennedy Museum was amazing! I left so inspired.

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We made a house call to John Adam’s house. The shrubs I am standing amongst were planted by the President. His library was extensive. I wish I could have sat and read all day. It even contains a copy of The Book of Mormon signed by Joseph Smith.

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Our last hours of Boston were spent at the site of the Boston Tea Party and the Salem Witch Museum. Here I am having my own Boston Tea Party:

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The Salem Witch Trials, made famous by the novel, The Crucible.

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Time Spent in Canada:

Oh Canada, you did not disappoint. I loved being exposed to a new national history and culture. From the foliage to the French influence, Canada is beautiful.

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Old City Quebec

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The Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. Celin Dion was married here!

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Crepes and Poutine are a Canadian must have!

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Time spent in Vermont: 

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be in Vermont. I felt at home amongst the pines and rolling hills.

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Also in Vermont is the sacred birthplace of the prophet Joseph Smith. The monument to his life stands 38 and 1/2 feet tall — one foot for every year of his inspired life. How grateful I am that Heavenly Father sent that man into the world.

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Back in Boston:

We woke up early before flying out to soak up our last few moments in the enchanting city of Boston. We parked illegally to see the monument for the Battle of Bunker Hill. Hoping for a little exercise I ambitiously decided to climb to the top. BAD IDEA haha. Hundreds of stairs later, this claustrophobic girl made it though.

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Right before heading to the airport we saw a large crowd gathered in the street. As it turns out, the entire Yankee’s Baseball Team was staying at the Four Seasons in Boston. Derek Jetter had just played his final game aaaaaaaand as luck would have it, we got to see him! I fought my way through the crowd for this picture while Mom googled to find out who Derek Jetter was (haha). My biggest regret is having nothing for him to sign besides my own body or my mother’s body! haha. Regardless, it was a random and memorable moment.

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As we flew home that day, I felt a sense of love for the area we had just become aquatinted with. The people, rich history, culture, food and quintessence of New England are laced with enchantment.  New England is a color, and  the color is fall.

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