R. Craig Collins >
Web Page Design >
Portfolio > Florida
Florida 2001 ©
R. Craig Collins, 2001/2007
I had a conference in San Antonio (click here for San Antonio Pictures),
then the family headed out to Florida.
Then I was off to Boston for a conference. (click here for Boston
Dad, Gracie, and Diane in Orlando
Samanta (Sam), Marc, Austin, Diane
Mary Ella and Susann
Sam and Austin
Marc and Sam with sparklers
Gracie and Diane with sparklers
The new Elantra GT in Gulfport
Mosaic of Gulfport
The family at Gulfport
My Room at the Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio
The view of the Alamodome from my room in San Antonio
What a trip!
I had to wait in Dallas to board the plane to Boston, due to a broken
lavatory. So I got to Boston late, and had to wait in a huge line for the
rental car. Driving toward town, I discovered the dome light of the rental
was out, which made it hard to read the directions to the hotel. But they
were useless anyway, as the town is so dug up due to the 'big dig' work on
I-93 that exits and streets mentioned on the directions were inaccessible.
Plus, the one-way streets made it hard once I got closer to downtown, but
finally made it in.
Driving was required to get from the hotel (#1 is first hotel) to Northeastern (#2 on map) for the
conference, as the hotel our wonderful travel agent put us at was no where
near a subway stop, and the 1.1 miles in took from 18-30 minutes due to
Did I mention Boston was having a heat wave, and Northeastern University
actually had rooms that were not air-conditioned? I guess they normally
don't need them with low summer enrollment and normally cool weather, but it
was a nightmare hiking around campus, and really put a strain on me for my
evening site-seeing walks.
Monday night I walked down to Fenway park, then took the subway to Boston
Common, walked down Beacon Street, and ate at the home of Cheers, the Bull and Finch.
Tuesday night, I drove downtown, parked near the wharf in the north-side,
and ate in Quincy Market, near Faneuil hall, and went past the Old North
church on the way to the USS Constitution and Bunker Hill. You really can't
see the sights from a car, so I new I'd return again, on foot, later.
Wednesday we had a late night meeting as part of the conference, so I really
didn't do anything that evening.
Thursday night, I drove to the Prudential center, left the car, and took the
subway into downtown, and walked the whole
freedom trail, so I could really
see it. I walked from 7-10, got a cold smoothie at the Prudential Center,
and then went back to the hotel.
Friday, I got a brief reprieve from the heat when it started raining in the
afternoon, but it backed off later, so I took a tour on the WWII amphibious
Ducks, and had a great time, in spite of the heat, and a flat tire on the
Duck that delayed us about an hour. But that was not the worst part of the
That last day of the conference, the power grid failed due to all the energy
use, and the part of the city where my hotel was went black at 2:15 in the
The power still wasn't back when I left at 7:30 for the conference at
Northeastern, and it still wasn't on after returning from the duck tour, at
10:00 pm. So I had to pack my suitcase in the dark, un-air-conditioned room,
and haul my stuff to another hotel for the last night.
(#3 on the map) would have been perfect for the whole trip...
on the Subway line, across from the Prudential Center, and a short walk to
It was not a good trip back either! While we got to the airport just fine,
the lines to check the baggage was horrid, and then our plane sat on the
tarmac for almost an hour, before we took off. So we got into Dallas late,
and I had to run across the three terminals to try and catch my flight back.
I got there just as they started boarding the bus which take you to the
regional paddock, boarded the puddle jumper, and then found out that the
flight from Dallas to Waco had a scheduling problem, and there was no
captain to fly the plane. We waited on the plane for a while, then they put
us back on a bus back to the terminal. Finally the got an entire flight crew
together, and back on the bus to the plane.
Just as our plane got to the runway, it started raining, HARD. The pilot
came on and said that there was a windshear alert, and we had to wait for
about 15 minutes before we could take off. Finally, we got airborne, and I
had the 2nd bumpiest flight ever... a real 'e' ticket roller coaster ride.
Drove to the house, pulled my suitcase out of the back, and then put my
daughter's suitcases in, for their vacation visit to their GrandmaLyn in El
Paso, which meant driving back to DFW (two hour drive), as I didn't want
them to have to change planes with all the problems in the news lately.
A connecting flight delayed the girl's take off, so they left about 10:00,
and I didn't get back home until 12:30 am, after getting up at 5:30 that
Needless to say, I didn't do much Sunday, aside from laundry,
shopping, and catnaps...
Left side of hotel room (back to diary)
Right side of hotel room (back to diary)
View from the hotel room (back to diary)
View from the hotel landing (back to diary)
Brookline Street, near Fenway Park, and a red blimp in the distance
(back to diary)
Beacon Street (back to diary)
Bull and Finch, home of 'Cheers'
Bull and Finch root beer (the folks from Milwaukee had something stronger...)
Boston Common at dusk, looking toward the financial district (back to diary)
Long Wharf, looking across the bay (back to diary)
USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) at night (back to diary)
Contrast: The old State House in front of a skyscraper
In the Northeastern Lab
In the Northeastern Lab