Archive for October, 2011

October Snow – 10-30-11

Autumn went to a Halloween Party, dressed as Winter. What a mess! We lost power, but luckily for only about 12 hours. Cable/phone/internet were out until about half-time of a game not worth watching. Plenty of others may wait days for power to return. Trees down all over the place, roads blocked, wires down, but it was gorgeous sunny day for shoveling snow/leaves.

Took a hike at Moose Hill Farm  – snowy fields with grass poking through, fall leaves against a white blanket. Very strange and lovely.

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Attleboro Springs Audubon Sanctuary – 10-23-11

Another nice Mass. Audubon Sanctuary, about 35 minutes away – Attleboro Springs behind the LaSalette Shrine. Newly built Reflecting Trail, accessible for wheelchair/stroller and the vision-impaired. More trails for hiking off that built path. Woods, puddingstone, streams, and more. Pumpkins from their Halloween event the night before. On the way out, we walked around part of the LaSalette Shrine’s Christmas lights display – tranquil and contemplative today, but must be loud and crazy with the crowds when all lit up.

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Paul’s Bridge, Blue Hills Reservation, 10-16-11

Paul’s Bridge is the 2nd oldest bridge of its type in the country, and it’s at the corner of Brush Hill Rd & Neposet Valley Parkway on the border of Hyde Park & Milton. The Neponset River flows under it on its way to Boston. This corner of the Blue Hills Reservation covers Fowl Meadow, which extends all the way to I-95 (Route 128) in Canton.

Took Mom for a stroll and a picnic lunch on a perfect crisp fall day. Six parking spaces, all full – the area was new to us, but there were plenty of hikers and dog-walkers. Like maybe 8 other people. You can hear the road, but it’s like another world.

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Massapoag Brook trails, Sharon – 10/9/11

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We hunted for the Orange trail along Massapoag Brook. Parked at the corner of Billings & Deborah Sampson. There’s no clear entrance to the trail, despite the maps, and very faint blazes. We did manage to hike in, follow a trail for a while, but kept hitting swampy, impassible sections. Global warming alert – skunk cabbages are starting to sprout, thinking it’s April. After a few more turns and stops, we scrambled up through poison ivy onto East Street, walked to the car, and drove to Brook Rd to find the entrance to the Blue trail. We may have lost the orange trail, but we were always in sight of a road – couldn’t get too lost.

Hiked in the beautifully groomed blue trail to the Massapoag Brook bridge, freshly built by Kurt and other members of the Sharon Friends of Conservation. Great job. Crossed over the bridge and continued on the Blue trail to Devil’s Rock – with grafitti now. Boo.

Gorgeous 85 degree day. The Brook was running high and fast.

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