and if you don't have a horse, you can take the Greenbush commuter rail train!
Which is just what we did on Friday.
Here's the set up: Daddy has a monthly pass because he goes to work on the train (mostly) everyday. On Thursday night he bought me 2 one way tickets at South Station so I wouldn't have to buy them from the conductor on board the train (and pay the $1 surcharge, $2 during rush hour). Each paying adult is permitted 2 children under the age of 11 who ride for free. Cuyler chose to accompany Daddy on the early train, departing the apartment at 6:30 am in order to make the obligatory stop at Starbucks before heading into the big city. At one point BGD texted me that Cuyler was very quiet. Funny how that happens when he's not surrounded by his twin brother and older sister...Ebby, Will and I followed on the 10:56am train. When we got to South Station in Boston, we had two choices: take another commuter rail train to Back Bay and walk to Daddy's office or walk the entire way from South Station to the Prudential Center. Imagine how proud I was when despite my warnings that it was a long walk they chose walk all the way. I'm pretty sure Ebby didn't trust me to get us on the right train to Back Bay and figured we'd be safer walking. It was a nice walk, sunny all the way. And a bit humid. By the time we got to the Common, both of them were complaining about how hot and tired they were. Hot?? Did they not just spend the last 3+ years in the South? How quickly we dis-acclimate. If there is such a word. They persevered though, as we found our way through Downtown Crossing, across the Boston Common and the Public Garden, up (or is it down?) Newbury Street, through Copley Square, down & across Boylston Street, and finally to the Prudential Center. I believe it took us around 40 minutes to traverse the city (including a rest stop and a potty stop).
Once we arrived at the Pru, Daddy and Cuyler came down and met us so we could all have lunch together at The Cheesecake Factory. Notice how the cheesy grins fit with the whole cheesecake theme...After lunch we all went back to Daddy's office and did important work until it was time to head home. With Daddy as our guide, we walked to Back Bay and took the train across town to South Station and then on to home.