As I mentioned a few days ago, I spent a good bit of Monday afternoon leading a group around Boston. One of the places we visited was the Bunker Hill Monument. For some reason, this is one of my favorite places in Boston. There have been many times when I have gone there on a day off to sit on the lawn and think as I looked at the city across the harbor. I love the history associated with the monument and the story of the people who fought on that hill.
Since the group was here and most of them had never been to Bunker Hill before, I offered to go to the top of the monument with any who wanted to climb the 300 spiraling stairs. There were several who wanted to go, so I obliged. I understand that 300 stairs could seem like a relatively low number considering the height of some of the great monuments and statues in this world. However, the fact that my legs were starting to burn at step 75 told me that 300 was more than sufficient for me to get any remaining exercise that my body needed that day. This was not the first time I have climbed this monument. I have climbed it several times, but it had been a few years since I last made the trek. Enough time had passed from my last trip that I had forgotten how beautiful the view is from the top of the monument. Plus, the thought of having to walk down a spiral stair case of 300 steps is a great motivator for one to stop and take extra time to enjoy the view. I am glad we went on this particular day. It was gorgeous and clear. It only affirmed my love for this site. Here is a photo from the view at the top.