I had come to Boston to experience this city in the autumn as the leaves began to change and the days turned cool (being a SoCal native that was a novelty in itself). Not knowing where to start a friend of mine suggested I follow the Freedom Trail; I'd get to know the city and it was free. The Freedom Trail is often crowded with school children an reenactors sharing the story of this nation's birth. The trail is 2.5 miles long with many stops along the way so I never felt crowded. I would stroll past reenactors telling tales picking bits of information. I often stepped off the trail to explore the surrounding neighborhoods. I was walked into a pizza parlor where, though from the 'Left Coast', I was treated like family. I came across an old shipyard, past a row of houses waving Patriots flags, and past a Holocaust Memorial. The day was drawing to a close and as I made my way back to the beginning I stopped by the Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a bite to eat and was shown a beautiful sight of the fog from the harbor creeping in on this historical yet welcoming city. The Freedom Trail is the spine to a wealth of discoveries in Boston.