Two ways to move.
A wicked nice summer afternoon for a bike ride, hot but not too muggy, nice breeze. And these kayaks were waiting for their absentee paddlers:
Kayaks, Charles River
“Liar Liar! Hair on Fire!” That’s the rhyme, right?
 Along the Charles River, Soldiers Field Road, Boston MA
 Mt Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
“Festive” is not a word you think of about Jersey barriers.
On the way home tonight, I saw this gentleman reworking a dozen Jerzey barriers into works of contemporary art.
He is Bret Weese, one of the artists selected by the City of Lowell’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office “Block Project” whose aim is to transform crowd safety concrete into festival-ready works of original art in preparation for the 2017 Lowell Folk Festival, July 28-30, 2017. Four other participating artists painted the giant concrete cubes in the background.
In the Prep Area
Between the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Taking water away from turtles and frogs seems mean.
This is a beautiful water fountain along the Fresh Pond trails.
The trails around Fresh Pond
“I do believe it; I do believe it’s true.”
The snow leopards and the goats share a rocky hill here.
What could go wrong?
No, really. What could go wrong?
Bite? This pretty little puppy would never bite.
These little birdies couldn’t hurt anybody!
Oh my goodness! The momma monkey’s tits are showing!
The Stone Zoo
It just feels a little too Wizard-of-Oz-zy
Sunday morning bike ride.
“Toto! Jump, Toto!”
Great Brook Farm State Park
I think blue herons and people can both cross here.
Took a lunchtime ride to Waltham and crossed over the Charles River on this beautiful trail bridge.
Charles River Reservation
Blue Heron Bridge
I didn’t drop it, but…
Had a great ride today to and through the Lowell Dracut State Forest on a *perfect* summer afternoon. You, gentle reader, might note the lack of knobby tires and suspension on the bicycle, but when it comes to roads and trails, this bike puts a grin on my face that can’t be beat.
Not a mountain bike
Lowell Dracut State Forest
Carney Road area
At Lowell’s GLBT Pride Family Picnic
The Lowell Pride Committee held the second annual Lowell Pride Family Picnic today. In it’s honor, the weather changed from oppressive to perfect. There was live music, fabulous drag queens, and lots of local organizations. And this lady across the canal with her magic bubble fish nets:
The way this thing works is that she dips the big net into a bucket of soapy water, then holds the net up to the breeze. She also had a net that was just one big hole; it made person-sized bubbles that split and joined like magic.
The Lowell Sun ran a story about the bubble lady this morning. She is MJ Bujold, a Lowell artist.
Along the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Downtown Lowell, MA
It only sounds like a CBS crime drama
The Massachusetts State Police have a barracks on Boston Harbor at the Charles River.
Massachusetts State Police Marine Division
It’s probably more interesting working here than doing speed patrols on I-495.
At the end of the Charles River
(As viewed from Lovejoy Wharf)
Somehow, I’ve never been to the North End.
So on the way to North Station tonight, I biked across the street and through the North End for the first time. Although the waterfront parks are delightful, the rest of the neighborhood is filled with rude clueless tourists and unpredictable clueless car drivers. Get me the hell outta here!
Boston’s North End Waterfront.
Hanover Street. The bell tower is St Steven’s Church.
North End neighborhood