No lazy morning for us today. We got up, had breakfast, and were on the road before nine!
We spend the morning at the Blue Hills Reservation, which has (according to the website) 125 miles of trails. We only hiked about 3 miles of them. You can really see how rugged and rocky the terrain in Massachusetts is on this hike; it’s a miracle early colonists managed to do any farming around here considering how many rocks they must have had to move. No wonder there are stone walls!
Our hike lasted about two and a half hours, with a lot of up and down throughout. It was nothing compared to Mount Jefferson in toughness, but I still felt the strain in my legs and lungs with every ascent. Andy is apparently part mountain goat when it comes to going down over rocks and roots, but I had to be more careful as I picked my way down. Unfortunately, the observation tower was closed, but we did get some great views along the Skyline Loop.
Once we made it back to the parking lot, it was definitely time for lunch, so we headed to another one of my “must dos” when I’m visiting Andy: Cabot’s! As Andy said, we’re adults, so we’re allowed to have ice cream for lunch if we want. And of course, we had to get Danielle’s Choice. If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter person like I am, there’s no other possibility on the menu.
After lunch, we headed back to the apartment for some rest (me) and work (Andy). In the evening we walked to The Independent in Somerville to meet Andy’s friends for #geobeers. Andy and I split some food and it was absolutely delicious, especially the arancini. As always I enjoyed spending time with Andy’s friends.
Tomorrow I return to the real world. It’s been a great trip!