This past Friday night, my girlfriend Lena and I came to the realization that we were facing a relatively uneventful weekend. We both got off work and began calling our friends to see who would be interested in hanging out, but after a few phone calls we discovered that almost all of our friends would be out of town.
While neither Lena nor I mind having a quiet weekend to ourselves, we decided this would be the perfect opportunity to get away on our own excursion. Boston is only a short drive from our apartment in Vermont, so we thought it would be nice to spend Saturday in Beantown exploring some of the city's sights and sounds.
We loaded up the car with a couple of necessary provisions and hit the road early on Saturday morning - an impressive feat considering that neither of us are really morning people. However, I managed to rouse Lena out of bed with promises of a croissant (she can't resist breakfast pastries). After enjoying a hot cup of coffee, we felt awake enough to embark on our Boston journey.
Luckily, there wasn't much traffic on the highway, and we arrived just after 11 a.m. - the perfect time to grab some brunch by the waterfront. We hadn't come to Boston with much of a plan for the day, so we used the meal as an opportunity to read up on some of the attractions and events available to us.
One item jumped out in particular - whale watching. Considering that Boston isn't that far away from Cape Cod, there were plenty of different cruises and tours available to catch a glimpse of those incredible mammals, so we headed over to the aquarium and booked tickets.
We boarded the boat around 2 p.m. and sped out into the Atlantic to the spot around the tip of Cape Cod where whales apparently love to congregate. It took us about an hour of traveling through the water to reach the spot, and once we arrived there must have been 10 humpback whales swimming in the area. We were lucky enough to see a mama whale with a new baby in the water as well, and the two were constantly coming up to the ship and splashing around in the water.
The ship lingered for about a half hour before heading back to shore, and I managed to capture some great videos and pictures on my phone. After so much time in the sun, Lena and I were plenty tired, and were pleasantly surprised to find that the boat offered Green Mountain Coffee® products in the snack bar. We grabbed a couple of cups and lounged in the shade as we sailed back to Boston. All in all, it was a fantastic day of whale watching.