Don't Quack Till You See The Whites of their Eyes.

Historic Boston, Massachusetts

With JJ

September 1998

Unfortunately, whether he likes it or not, NOT hangs out with a former History major. As a result, he gets dragged along to a lot of historical places, hoping that something will be taught into his small birdbrain. Not likely, but we still try. 

So it was no surprise to find him stuffed in a pocked and brought along on a trip to try and appreciate what lay in his own backyard of the Hub of the Universe. 

NOT found out that Boston was founded in 1630. He was not impressed. While it may be the capital of the state NOT figured that the place was just full of old dead people.

And he was partially right.

The British are Coming!
The British are Coming!

However, Paul Revere is not doing a whole lot now, but posing with his gravestone and NOT. 

Sam Adams may have been important to the founding of our country, but unfortunately, the only way NOT knows him is from his beer.

But NOT did find more interest in the grave of Mother Goose in the Granary Cemetery. At least he found some avian interest, even if we didn't have the heart to tell him that Mother Goose was a human. 


Taking a left turn at the state capitol building, with it's clad gold dome designed by Bullfinch,

NOT landed on the Boston Common, where once the locals gathered and grazed their flock, and now college students hang out in, protesters rally in, and homeless sleep.

But what NOT loved the most was finding out that there were ducks in the area. In the Public Gardens there were swan boats, but there were also ducks. Big brassy ones. NOT excitedly visited the Make Way for Ducklings statues along the pathway. 

He lined up with Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and the rest in the famous parade from the  Robert McCloskey book.

He even rode on Mrs. Mallard.

But he wasn't the only one with the idea. In fact, he felt like he was being followed on the parade. 

Then there was the one big kid who kept hogging a duck. 

To relax, it was time to revisit Sam Adams, this time in liquid form. He imbibed a few with David and Laura Backman.

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Photos by J.J. Kwashnak

Last Updated December 2001