they're not in Kansas (again): the finale

Friday morning, I dusted off my Camelbak, Ian packed a picnic, and we met my family at Kupel's Bakery for breakfast. We've heard rave reviews since we moved to Boston, and it's a pretty sweet bagel joint. In addition to tasty bagels + cream cheese, we also picked up, for our picnic, a bag of their rolls — they turned out to be ideal sandwich buns. And I'm excited to try items from the sweeter end of the counter. A nearby pocket park served as our breakfast spot and allowed us to experience the exact moment it started sprinkling. We lamented not sending the family to the Harbor Islands the day before and saving the MFA for the rainy forecast.

Since it wasn't pouring, we decided to risk it and hopped on the train inbound. By the time we popped out at Government Center we needed our umbrellas. Ever the optimist, Ian realized this was the perfect time to check out the new Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion with its rain-capture roof.

harbor island pavilion

Our 21 Flickr photos of the pavilion are just the highlights of a much larger group of photos I found on my camera when Ian handed it back.

harbor island pavilion
harbor island pavilion

By 11 a.m. things were dry enough for us to put the Harbor Islands back on the schedule. We took the noon ferry to Spectacle for a picnic and sea-glass hunting. The ranger's theme of the day was red glass. I found one and took a photo before adding it to the rangers' collection.

view of the north drumlin
anna found red sea glass

We then headed on to Georges Island, home of civil war fortress Fort Warren.

fort warren hospital
scenic overlook
door of the gunpowder room

After a relaxing (and dry!) afternoon in the Harbor, we headed back and meandered through the Quincy Market area — Mom got to celebrate the Bruins win with famous Celtics coach Red Auerbach.

kris with red auerbach

And what would a family trip to Boston be without an authentic Filipino dinner at JnJ Turo Turo? Filipino food doesn't get a lot of attention, but thanks to the archipelago's colorful colonial history, it's arguably the original fusion cuisine.

family photo at jnj turo turo

And just like that, their vacation was over. Early Saturday morning, we drove them to the airport. Mom was a little disappointed they couldn't see the Bruins Stanley Cup parade before they left.

Thanks to Mom, Dad and Nathan for spending their vacation in Boston with us (and for treating us to dinners at our favorite restaurants) — we loved every minute.

See the rest of the week's photos here.