The previous two weekends we were out of town. And on the weeknights I am not a big fan of doing chores. Needless to say, the place was a complete disaster. How two people, a cat and dog can create such a mess is amazing. So this past weekend we spent a majority of time cleaning and doing laundry. But I don’t like all of my free time to be devoted to chores.
After cleaning Saturday morning, we decided to reward ourselves by heading out on an adventure. The weather wasn’t great, but we set out to walk from Cleveland Circle, where we live, to Harvard Square. Our destination was Border Cafe, which for some reason we always find ourselves while the Kentucky Derby is on. I don’t know how this tradition started since it is Tex-Mex & Cajun place. How does this fit in with the Derby? However, it has become one of our traditions so we decided to walk the route, which is a little under 4 miles.
When we set out it was sprinkling a little. We were not deterred. What’s a little rain? The temperature was nice and cool and it was great to get some exercise. We passed a cemetery that we have driven by countless times. But when driving you don’t get a chance to look. This time I paused to read the sign.
I didn’t know that Ebenezer was buried here.
We continued our walk. The sprinkling was intensifying. Actually it was getting close to a downpour. Fortunately we walked by The Bus Stop Pub and decided to hop in.
As I sipped my Magners and watched the weather the skies opened up and down came the rain. The pub was only halfway to our destination. Our resolve was starting to dwindle as the rain continued to intensify. While sitting at the bar we saw signs that they were planning on showing the Derby. Should we admit failure and stay?
Then the rain started to let up. This was our chance. We finished our drinks and headed for the Border Cafe.
Along the way we saw some clever artwork:
We paused to look at Harvard stadium, constructed in 1903. The stadium is in a horseshoe shape. Most of Harvard’s campus is located in Cambridge. But the stadium is located across the Charles River in Allston. Janis Joplin’s last show was here.
We traversed the Anderson Memorial Bridge that spans the Charles River.
And finally we arrived at our destination.
We were a little wet so one of these was needed to lift our spirits and quench our thirst.
Not wanting to drink on an empty stomach I ordered some cheese enchiladas.
More importantly, we continued our tradition and watched the Kentucky Derby.
Not a bad adventure. Can’t wait for the next weekend!
Your post brought back memories of my days at Boston College in the mid-Eighties. I lived near Cleveland Circle, and ate at the Greek restaurant (is that still there?) and drank beer at MaryAnn’s along with thousands of other BCers. I was shocked to hear that Cambridge is only 4 miles away. It seems so much further back in the day… Maybe because I was always freezing my butt off! I am now back in Miami, where I was born and raised. Nice and warm…
Do you remember the name of the Greek restaurant? I was shocked that Cambridge was so close. Hope you are enjoying the warm weather. Spring hasn’t really arrived here yet but I am hopeful!