Greetings from The Bay State! The Voyage of DH has officially relocated to Massachusetts, and my week has been filled with packing boxes, driving the 320 miles from New Jersey to Massachusetts, signing my lease, unpacking, and doing lots and lots of shopping. It has been a bit of a whirlwind over the past seven days, and there is still more to do yet to furnish my new home before the first day of my new job this coming Monday. However, with temperatures today nearing 70 degrees, I took a time-out and hit the road to one of the most famous attractions in New England: Plymouth Rock.
Located in the seaside town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Plymouth Rock is taught to all schoolchildren in the United States as the place where the Pilgrims (European settlers fleeing religious persecution) disembarked from the Mayflower in 1620. Plymouth Rock is technically a boulder that was moved 20,000 years ago by a glacier from the Boston area down to the shores of Plymouth (about 40 miles away). While the history lessons from our childhood are endearing, real life is always more complicated: the Pilgrims’ own writing did not record landing on any rock, the first mention of Plymouth Rock was not until 1715, and the first place the Pilgrims landed was not Plymouth but Provincetown in Cape Cod a month earlier (via Wikipedia).
Plymouth Rock was once a very large boulder weighing an estimated 20,000 pounds. However, the centuries have seen it broken into pieces, sold, chipped, and split until its current size is a mere 1/3 of the original. Plymouth Rock is now housed at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, a large public park alongside the shore of the Massachusetts Bay. With a beautiful day, I drove out to Plymouth for a fun, relaxing afternoon.
It was a beautiful day at Plymouth, and while Plymouth Rock may not have been the most visually impressive roadside attraction, it was still very cool to see a piece of American history up close. The entire park is free and open to tourists year round. Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower, is usually moored at the park as well. However, until 2020, it is only in Plymouth during the summertime, as it goes to Mystic, Connecticut for restoration work each winter.
In titling this post, “The Rock,” I could have also been speaking of my Accord as well. Despite its sports coupe design, the car has continued to motor along without complaint, hauling luggage, furniture, and the contents of seemingly countless shopping trips over the past week. Despite 77,500 miles on the odometer, the car continues to be a fun and rewarding drive. During our trip to Plymouth today, some of the back roads were very curvy and empty. I shifted the transmission into sport mode, gave it some gas, and took time out of my busy schedule to just… play.