One of the great joys of living on Boston’s South Shore and working in downtown Boston is that you can commute in by boat. The MBTA not only runs the subway, the commuter rail and bus lines, but also several boat commuter services. The boat service I use starts in Hingham and ends at Rowes Wharf in Boston. Normally this is a 30-45 minute trip, and is very enjoyable — relaxed, efficient, and it even has coffee and snacks in the AM and a full bar in the PM. It’s especially nice in the summer, because you can sit up on deck in the open air and enjoy the sun (or the sunset if you work late like me) with a Corona.
Things have been a bit different over the past week. Boston is having one of the worst cold spells in history, and it really really sucks to walk around downtown. It’s so cold that the harbor has started to freeze over (salt water starts to freeze at roughly 28 degress Farenheit), which is making the daily commute — well — interesting. The Boston Globe had a great picture of the commuter boats in today’s edition: