Apple Picking at Honey Pot Orchards

Last month we headed out for our annual apple picking excursion.  We returned to Honey Pot Orchards in Stow, MA, after applepicking in New Hampshire last year.  It wasn’t the best of days but the rain held off until we left!  We have learned two things in the past several years of applepicking:  to arrive as the orchard is opening to avoid the massive crowds, and the line for the cider donuts is ALWAYS very long, but usually worth the wait!

Houghton’s Pond

Finally, some relief from the heat, it was only in the mid-80’s today.  Still no rain (hard to believe Hurricane Irene was 5 years ago today!).  We took the dogs for a walk around Houghton’s Pond in Milton, and tired dogs = happy dogs!

Ames Nowell State Park, Abington, MA

I used to drive past a beautiful reservoir on my way to Stoughton last year, and always wanted to visit the area for a hike.  I searched on my Alltrails app, and believed it was the Ames Nowell State Park, in Abington.  Clearly, it was not the place I drove past (I’ll find that another week, I am determined), but it was absolutely beautiful in it’s own right.  Beautiful and uncrowded hiking trail, and beautiful weather!

Wheelwright Park, Cohasset, MA

Well, with dreary weather and still in awe of the beauty of Bermuda, we decided this week to keep it simple.  We stayed local in our own town and decided to check out the cross country trail through the woods at Wheelwright Park.  A nice, easy hike, with soft footing, although some rocky patches at times.  I can’t wait to revisit in the fall when the autumn colors are in full bloom!

Magic Wings, Butterfly Conservatory in Deerfield, MA

So, in just 5 days we leave for our Bermuda cruise.  I’ve worked 7 out of the last 8 weekends to make sure I am paid for said vacation.  Thus, our roadtrip this week consisted of going into the dark hallows of the basement in search of luggage.  And Work.  So I’m going to post about a daytrip we took last February (2015) to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, located in Deerfield, MA.  It was well worth the very slippery and icy drive to get there!!  Here are some shots from that trip:

Happy Memorial Day Weekend: Shelburne Falls, MA

Well, the weather is predicted to deteriorate fairly quickly over the weekend, so we took advantage of Saturday morning’s sun and headed out early.  I read about a Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA, so we headed out.  We were familiar with the route as it is very close to the VT/NY borders and we’ve traveled this way many times before.  While we all agreed that the bridge was a bit smaller than we anticipated, it was beautiful nevertheless.  We also took advantage of the area and saw the Glacier Potholes, otherwise knows as Salmon Falls.

Shelburne Falls, MA

We drove past Turner’s Falls and the beautiful French King Bridge on our way home.  While it was a ridiculously hot day for May (97-101 degrees), the sunshine held out.