I took Hayley to Boston

I absolutely love being Hayley’s (10) dad. She’s a super fun kid who fills me constantly with immense pride. I had planned to take her snowboarding a couple weekends ago, but it was wicked cold. Too cold. I still wanted to spend time with her doing something, even if it wasn’t snowboarding. We recently received Hayley’s standardized test (NCAP) grades, which were phenomenal. In all areas she scored in the “Distinction” range, but in reading she earned the highest score possible on the test. In all areas she essentially doubled the average of the other students in her school, district, and state. This could not go uncelebrated. Therefore, I proposed to Hayley that I take her to Boston for the day, to which she readily and excitedly agreed.

We took the Downeaster train from Saco to North Station in Boston. When we got to Boston we took at taxi, her first ever, to the North End Grille in Boston’s historic North End. I had looked it up on Yelp and it had loads of good reviews. Hayley’s banana Nutella French toast was delicious, as was my screwdriver. The rest was underwhelming and overpriced. Regardless, we were having a great time together. At one point the sports reporter on the large television at the bar behind me started talking about the Wichita State Shockers’ basketball team and their historic undefeated season. Hayley noticed and pointed it out to me, as I’m an alumn of WSU.

From breakfast we walked hand-in-hand to the New England Aquarium where we renewed our annual membership and enjoyed looking at the fascinating creatures in the many tanks.

Hayley looks pretty excited for a day in Boston as she rides the early morning Downeaster from Maine
Hayley looks pretty excited for a day in Boston as she rides the early morning Downeaster from Maine

When we arrived at North Station in Boston we took at taxi to breakfast in the North End. It was Hayley's first ever taxi ride.
When we arrived at North Station in Boston we took at taxi to breakfast in the North End. It was Hayley’s first ever taxi ride.

Hayley reviews the menu at North End Grille.
Hayley reviews the menu at North End Grille.
The breakfast at North End Grille in Boston was underwhelming, except for the screwdriver.
The breakfast at North End Grille in Boston was underwhelming, except for the screwdriver.
Hayley enjoyed her banana Nutella French toast at North End Grille
Hayley enjoyed her banana Nutella French toast at North End Grille
A sea horse at the New England Aquarium
A sea horse at the New England Aquarium
A fish hides at the New England Aquarium. Can you see it?
A fish hides at the New England Aquarium. Can you see it?
A tiny ray at the New England Aquarium
A tiny ray at the New England Aquarium
A little jelly at New England Aquarium
A little jelly at New England Aquarium
Hayley outside the New England Aquarium.
Hayley outside the New England Aquarium.

We got on the Blue Line at the New England Aquarium. A woman from New Hampshire and her two children were having difficulty figuring out the subway. They were headed to the Museum of Science, so I helped them purchase tickets, get through the barriers, and figure out how to read the subway map. She was appreciative. At Downtown Crossing, we parted ways and Hayley and I boarded the Green Line “E” train to the Prudential Center where we would enjoy the majestic 360º view from the Skywalk Observatory.

Boston from the Pru's Skywalk Observatory.
Boston from the Pru’s Skywalk Observatory.
Me and Hayley stop for a selfie at the Pru's Skywalk Observatory
Me and Hayley stop for a selfie at the Pru’s Skywalk Observatory
The Charles was mostly frozen.
The Charles was mostly frozen.
A fake tiltshift of a Boston street taken from the Pru.
A fake tiltshift of a Boston street taken from the Pru.
Fenway and the Mass Pike
Fenway and the Mass Pike

I had asked the doorman at the Pru when the Top of the Hub opened for lunch. I knew we weren’t dressed appropriately for there, but was curious. After we were done at the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor, I asked Hayley if she would like to ask if they would seat us for lunch at the Top of the Hub on the 52nd floor. She excitedly said “Yes!” She had been once before when my uncle flew into town and took the family. She remembers that experience fondly and has been asking me since to take her back.

Gratefully, we were seated RIGHT NEXT TO THE WINDOW! It was an amazing view. Hayley ordered chicken pot pie, which I thought was a curious choice. I ordered the salmon. After a bit of her awkwardly staring at my meal, I asked her if she wanted to trade. She said yes, so we did. There I was, eating chicken pot pie at the Top of the Hub restaurant. Megafail. :)

For dessert Hayley got the chocolate lava cake and I ordered the crème brûlée. Both were amazing! So was our waitress, Chelsea.

Hayley and I were seated right next to the large windows at the Top of the Hub restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center.
Hayley and I were seated right next to the large windows at the Top of the Hub restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center.
I ordered salmon.
I ordered salmon.
Hayley ordered chicken pot pie at the Top of the Hub.
Hayley ordered chicken pot pie at the Top of the Hub.
This was taken from our table at the Top of the Hub restaurant.
This was taken from our table at the Top of the Hub restaurant.
Hayley looks through the dessert menu at the Top of the Hub.
Hayley looks through the dessert menu at the Top of the Hub.
Hayley and I wondered why the cake and ice cream were so far apart.
Hayley and I wondered why the cake and ice cream were so far apart.
Hayley really enjoyed her chocolate lava cake and ice cream.
Hayley really enjoyed her chocolate lava cake and ice cream.
Hayley was in heaven with her chocolate goo goodness.
Hayley was in heaven with her chocolate goo goodness.
My crème brûlée was wicked delish!
My crème brûlée was wicked delish!

Hayley loves art and has won some local art competitions recently, so I decided to divert from our usual science stops to take her to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. We had a lot of fun. Hayley figured out the map quickly and lead me all over the museum. My favorite piece was hanging from the ceiling. I’ll let you figure out what it is.

Hayley examines art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Hayley examines art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Cups
Cups
Hayley and I enjoyed all the exhibits at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Hayley and I enjoyed all the exhibits at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Flirting is okay. So is touching each other.
Flirting is okay. So is touching each other.

After we were done at the Boston Museum of Fine Art we again boarded the Green Line and took it all the way to Science Park, where were disembarked and walked the short distance to the Boston Museum of Science. We renewed our membership there, too. Hayley and I watched a 3-D movie about sea monsters in the Late Cretaceous period. We didn’t have a lot of time after that, but I really wanted to see the newly renovated “Hall of Human Life.” It’s AWESOME!! I can’t wait to go back and spend some time perusing that exhibit.

Hayley rides the Green Line from the Museum of Fine Art.
Hayley rides the Green Line from the Museum of Fine Art.
Hayley stands still while I attempt to take a held-helf long-exposure shot on the subway platform.
Hayley stands still while I attempt to take a held-helf long-exposure shot on the subway platform.
The new Hall of Human Life at the Boston Museum of Science is very well done.
The new Hall of Human Life at the Boston Museum of Science is very well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day in Boston with Hayley. She’s such a fun, smart, funny, happy kid. Her ability to connect the dots of fact and logic are really quite extraordinary. We had really engaging and enjoyable conversations all day. At one point during our train ride back to Maine I looked over at Hayley who was grinning from ear to ear. I figured something was funny, so asked her why she was smiling to big. She replied, “I’m just really happy.” #parentwin

I’ll never forget my day spent in Boston with my youngest kid.

Hayley and I ride the train back to Maine.
Hayley and I ride the train back to Maine.

2 Comment

  1. Great write-up of a great day! I like the jellyfish photo. Did you know seahorses are not actual horses? But I guess maybe jellyfish aren’t fish, either. Lol.

  2. They aren’t? ;) #mindblown #science

    When we were looking at the sea(not)horses, Hayley elucidated numerous interesting facts about them. He’s like a seahorse expert, or something.

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