Bolinger Family Road Trip – Georges Island

And so, the vacation continued in the bustling city of Boston!

With the super tall buildings and extremely narrow streets, complete with old-time, cobblestone bricks that are in utter disarray, there is so much charm to soak in, so much history to photograph, and so many ways for a person to get lost in this city…!

Upon finding our way to the docks, we waited at the marina for our ferry to arrive.  This would be another first for the Bolinger’s:  first ferry ride!

We were ready for our Island Expedition to Georges and Spectacle.  Boston has 14 islands (I think) – some are public, some are closed off to visitors.  The islands are regulated and maintained by the parks and recreation services, so they are considered both a state park and a national park!

It was a little chilly in the morning, so the kids covered up with towels for the breezy, moisture-laden ride.

These are all Views from the Ferry!  I enjoyed photographing everything from the cityscape to the boats, the water, the bridges, the forts.

My favorite snap being of this awesome Boston cityscape.

Second, being this view leaving the marina, with all of the boats in the sparkling water.

The big attraction for Georges Island is Fort Warren which was used to defend Boston’s harbors during war times.

Mr. Bolinger and his three children in the guard house.

Hiking through the Fort.  We saw some dark, scary, creepy rooms in the various buildings, but for the most part, the scenery was beautiful and the fort looked livable for the times in which it was active.

Various views of the Fort.  We were able to climb to the very top and walk the cannon-lined perimeter of the building.

I caught this photo of “Boston Light” lighthouse, far off in the distance, from the top of Fort Warren.  The light shines even during the daylight hours.

The atmosphere on Georges Island, removed from city life, was blessedly relaxing.  Gregg and I spent a lot of time together just chatting while the kids ran around on the playground.  We all ate a leisurely lunch and worked on some island worksheets before realizing that the inter-ferry schedule between islands was going to be an issue….

Long story short, we got stuck on Georges Island!  Uh-oh…  A large group of camp kids, on a field trip, were allowed to leave the island on our ferry, so there was no room for us on board…  We ended up having to miss the exploration of Spectacle Island and headed directly back to Boston.  The saddest part of the whole thing was that the kids did not get to swim at the swimming beach on Spectacle and they did not get to finish their requirements for the Junior Ranger Program.  I was probably the most upset about the situation, so Gregg and I just decided to let it go and find a way to keep the kids entertained for the next hour while waiting for another ferry.

To see how we kept the kids preoccupied, stay tuned!

For now, Happy to have experienced “island life” on Boston’s George’s Island (even though we got stuck there)!  🙂




About cjbolinger

I am a stay-at-home mother of three children (Ben, Alex, and Christian), a wife who is head-over-heels in love with her husband of 13 years (Gregg), a hobbyist photographer, and a lover of everything crafty! Follow my attempts at domesticity as I cook, clean, and craft for my family...
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3 Responses to Bolinger Family Road Trip – Georges Island

  1. abbie berning says:

    Cool scenes and JUST HAD TO GET A PHOTO of the wildlife also loved that pic. Looks like alot of fun and love that Island too. Memories plus!

  2. cjbolinger says:

    Gregg is the one who spotted the bird up on the building! And, yes, I just had to photograph it! I loved the island as well – would definitely go back again!

  3. Tiffany Murphy says:

    Great Photos Candace!! Boston is such a cool place to visit!

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