This weekend Lydia and I hiked on the Hanover Greenway, the Fireworks Trail. It is a nice 3.2 mile trail, well maintained although at one point ran along a manufacturing plant, with a smell that wasn’t working well for our nature hike! Beautiful day all around, and there was not a single soul out there hiking with us, which was surprising given that it was the first sunny day in awhile.
We hiked the short boardwalk through the Fakahatchee Strand. My kids had done this hike before and were not as captivated on the second trip through as they had been in the past. It was also not a very handicap-friendly walk, at least not the first quarter mile or so which was on rocks and sand before reaching the boardwalk!
Sometimes the best finds are the ones you find by mistake! A few weeks ago we headed to Simsbury, CT, where I spent my early years, hoping to climb Talcott Mountain. Unfortunately, I didn’t research in advance, and found we couldn’t get anywhere near the mountain because there was a huge event, and cars were parked up and down the road! On to Plan B. I remembered going to McLean Game Refuge when I was in girl scouts, so we headed there. Wow, what a gorgeous location, especially with the peak autumn colors!! So glad for Plan B.
A few weeks ago we traveled to Mt. Uncanoonuc, New Hampshire. We were looking for foliage, and found that the leaves had not yet turned in NH, but we hiked this “short” trail regardless. The kind strangers we met told us it was a 40 minute hike to the summit, and they waited for us at each turn and twist in the path, thank goodness. This was a short hike, but likely the most treacherous hike we’ve taken. Straight up, on very rocky paths! Probably no big deal for many experienced hikers, but since I’m out of shape these days, Lydia was nursing a running injury and Lieren was walking locked knees due to a gymnastics injury, we certainly struggled. But it was well worth it once we got to the top!!
Now, I have been to Walden Pond in the past. In fact I swam across it on a few occasions to prepare for triathlons. However, I was not prepared for the modernization of Walden Pond!! It is like a city, with massive parking lots and crowds you’d expect to see on a street in NYC! You can even shop at Walden Pond now!! I feel like Thoreau would run fast and furious from this, dare I say it, “tourist trap”. We literally had to endure pedestrian traffic jams, with people dragging strollers through the wooded paths and take photos on 12 inch iPads. Seriously, who hikes with large iPads? However, the pond was pretty, but with the recent changes I’m not likely to return, it has lost it’s appeal! The huge neon sign directing traffic should have tipped me off!
Ok, I confess, this event took place in August, but since it is a rainy weekend here in New England (thank God, it hasn’t rained in forever!), we didn’t get very far for our travels. The girls said this was one of their favorite day trips, we took the ski lift up the mountain and enjoyed the view. Thank goodness we found Lieren’s flip flop that floated off her foot while we rode the lift!! There were plenty of goodies and activities for the kids!
Two years ago, Lydia and I discovered a little park (while Lieren was at the gym, it is Webb’s Park in Weymouth) that quickly became our favorite place to watch the sunset. I imagine it also has a beautiful sunrise, but we’ve never tried. We return here several times a year and are never disappointed!!