Post by Angel "The Rock" Roque
Last Wednesday, we got the opportunity to go on the Codzilla boat ride, one of the many trips offered by Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC). It’s known as the fastest and wildest way to tour the harbor, so we were thrilled! The day was a bit cloudy and clouds were darkening overhead, but we stood in line anyway and waited patiently to get on the boat.
The boat was charismatic and engaged the visitors of the boat wonderfully!
It seemed as if we were well on our way to a good time despite the looming overcast sky overhead. Or so it seemed…But then, the captain of the boat barely made it out of Long Wharf when he noticed lightening in the far distance near Deer Island and decided to call off the trip. “We’re on a giant lightning rod, folks,” he announced in a voice husky enough for a salty sea-farer. “I don’t want to risk it.” We turned around, docked and seamlessly rescheduled our Codzilla boat ride for the following day. The BHC staff was willing to help in any way they could to make the unfortunate turn of events more pleasant and less stressful. We got our tickets and rushed to the office just before the pouring rain came crashing down.
The following day turned out to be a beautiful, warm, summer’s day with sunshine beaming down and a slight, cool breeze. As we approached Long Wharf, the area pulsed with mid-summer activity. There were throngs of people out and about enjoying the many amenities available at Long Wharf - food stands, seals at the New England Aquarium, street performers, and of course all the boat rides Boston Harbor Cruises had to offer.
We waited in line (once more), knowing that this time weather would NOT be a factor. The same creative, fun and engaging atmosphere was present as the day before. Codzilla rode calmly out of the Boston Harbor as our guide gave a succinct historical narration about the surrounding buildings and wharves. Once we cleared the Harbor, however, we lurched out of our seats as our captain accelerated to wind-whipping speed! It felt like the boat was in mid air, hardly skimming the water as it zoomed away form the Boston Harbor. And just as we thought it couldn’t get any better – Codzilla STOPPED! Water splashed everywhere, people screamed, and then laughed, others ducked and some were completely soaked, including TBHA’s own Carly. The captain continued his antics and Codzilla swerved and splashed its way to Deer Island.
As Codzilla made it way back to Boston Harbor, the captain stopped just shy of Long Wharf to let the audience take in the view, snap a few pictures and enjoy the beauty of the Boston Harbor. The BHC staff was so nice and willingly offered to take pictures and assist when needed.
We docked in Long Wharf in the same manner as we did the day before except this time we walked off the boat with an incredible experience and yes a bit wet too. All in all, this was an enjoyable, fun, delightful endeavor that will surely make me come back and bring others too!
Oh, and by the way, as you dart and splash through the Harbor, you might want to keep an eye out for the Monster of Myth. You know, the Terror of the Tobin, the Boston Behemoth, the Menace of Massachusetts, that fearsome creature with dead eyes and teeth like railroad spikes…the fearsome CODZILLA!