Last Friday, we went on the Boston Lobster Tour.  It was refreshing to be out on the water in a small, cozy boat and listening to our guide talk about the history of the harbor.  Admittedly, I was a tad too busy with my camera to catch most of what he was saying.

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Apparently, the harbor has become a host for extreme sailing races with large crowds of spectators on the piers watching the colorful sailboats.

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I like trying to read the boat names.  “Whirled Peas?”  If I had my own boat, I might name it “Dawn Treader” after C.S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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The USS Constitution.

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We pulled out two traps.  The idea is to lure lobsters into cages with some dead fish bait.  Once inside, the lobsters enter the Kitchen where the bait is tied; but as they try to escape, they end up in a smaller space called the Parlor where small exits allow only the crabs to escape.  We still saw a lot of crabs though.  The traps are thrown into shallow water near protected areas, like piers and buildings, and marked by empty, floating clorox bottles.

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The clouds really looked spectacular over the water.

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These pillars supporting the pier were built 50 years ago and are still in awesome shape today.

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Juan picking up our lobster booty from the first trap!

IMG_3491 copyWe enjoyed listening to Captain Tony talk about his passion for lobster fishing.  Our legally sized lobster is a two pound male, approximately 10 years old.

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Nice pincers, buddy.

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Tony suggested we steam the lobsters upside down so that it cooks in its own juices.  It was absolutely delicious.  No butter, just lemons and onions.  I love how the shell turns from dark blue-green to completely bright orange once it’s cooked.  Overall, wonderful tour to go on as a date for two; however, not sure if it’s worth a party of six if you’re hoping to share more than one lobster with everyone.  I would mostly go to enjoy the scenery and learn a little bit about Boston history and lobster fishing.