Yesterday (technically two days ago since it is 1:36am), I went to Salem and Boston, Massachusetts with a friend. We woke up early (yay for three hours of sleep!) and hopped in my car with soda, fiber bars (very not a good idea for a car trip) and bagels packed and ready for consumption. By 6am we were on the road and ready for adventuring! At first I couldn’t understand why there were so many people on the Cross Island Parkway that early in the morning, but I was too tired to properly judge them.
Once we got into Connecticut it started raining. Just before that began, we saw a wild turkey (or a turkey vulture) just hanging out on the side of the road. He seemed to be enjoying the sight of all the cars. Or maybe he was trying to think of a proper reason for crossing the road? I started screaming with excitement–my friend thought I was strange. I even made her write “wild turkey” in my planner so I wouldn’t forget about it. For those of you living in a New England state, you might have noticed the rainy storm passing through Wednesday morning. Well, we followed the storm all the way to Salem. That was fun (I’m being sarcastic). I realized after the third hour of heavy rain passed that I was wearing flats and had no working umbrella. It was going to be an interesting day.
I was right! It was an interesting day. We had the hardest time finding parking, but after we did, it was clear sailing. Well, kind of. Salem seems to enjoy only allowing a car a maximum of two hours in one spot, so I spent most of my day paranoid about tickets. In any case, we visited the 40 Whacks Museum, a place devoted to Lizzie Borden and the mystery surrounding the murder of her mother and father. I really liked the museum and even got a cute green tee with a creepy profile of Lizzie with a hatchet on it. It’s a bit too tight to wear, but I plan on using it as a marker for my weight loss. Yay!
After that we went to the Witch’s House, which is the only building left with direct ties to the witch trials. It belonged to the judge and might be the biggest rip off ever. It was expensive for no reason. I understand that it costs a lot of money to pay workers to give tours and to keep the house preserved, but honestly, would it be too much of an effort to do more than just put up one poster of information in each of the six rooms and insist on self-guided tours? I did not like.
After this we hit up the Witch’s Dungeon where we got to watch a reenactment of a witch trial (which was cool), then hear a brief history of the witch hunts (which was informative), then take a tour of the reconstructed dungeons in the basement (which scared the shit out of me). Seriously, it was super dark and quiet and the people in the cells looked real and the tour guide hid in one of the coffin cells and scared us. I can’t really tell you what the rest of the dungeon featured because I was too busy burrowing in my friend’s shirt while pushing her towards the exit. Tomorrow’s haunted house is going to be interesting to say the least.
Finally, we walked around Essex St. and popped into a few shops. All in all, I liked Salem a lot. I wish I had more time to spend there–especially because I missed out on all the nighttime tours. Those must be awesome. Even though it rained the whole time, I think Salem would be a grand place to spend an entire day. I’d like to go back when I have more time.
After Salem we drove down to Boston for an information session at Simmons College. The sessions were boring and the city was confusing. I found myself longing to go back to Salem and enjoy the sights I was just beginning to enjoy. I was relieved when we were back on the highway coming home. For the most part, the drive was pleasant. There was singing and rest-stopping–at one somewhere in Connecticut, we met a guy who was trying to collect 18 dollars so he could replace a part in his car. That was strange. We gave him some money so I hope he was telling the truth.
I had a great day–Salem being the best part. I got a few postcards, so my pen pals will be getting them in the mail. Keep your eyes out for them! My friend was the one with the camera, so when she posts them online, I’ll make sure to grab the good ones for you guys!