Posted by: norstarnewengland | April 8, 2009

Old Drive In in Braintree and Airport in Quincy

Along Route 128 in Braintree (as that stretch of I-93 was formerly designated), I took the exit by the South Shore Plaza Mall and drove to the Massport Shuttle terminal, which is the site of an old Drive In http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM62PF .  When I was a child, I remember being in the family car riding by the Drive In while movies were visible on the screen.  For a while there was a driving range, but, now it appears that the shuttle terminal has taken over the entire lot.  One of the sites said that the terminal building was the old concession stand, so there is more left than I thought.

Then, I was there at Squantum Point Park which is built on a remnant of the old Squantum Airport http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM62QA .  This area is really neat.  Many markers are in place on a variety of topics from how the point has changed over the years, the famous people who were there, important events that happened and environmental habitats there.  This place is a favorite place for fishermen, though few were there that day.  It is also a favorite place for walking, many with happy dogs.  The point where the Neponset River meets the harbor is a great place to hang out and view the harbor http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6370 , and has always been a nice place to go for me, and, as WM #475, it is now a very special place (see an earlier post).

Weather-wise, it was a typical contrast between inland and coastal conditions.  At the Drive In location, about 3 miles from the shore, it was sunny, comfortable, and relatively windless, while at Squantum Point, it was chilly with a stiff north wind.  The clouds rolled in as part of a front, which likely helped make Squantum Point feel chillier.

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