April 6, 2019 – Malcolm Preserve – Massachusetts

Today we Adventured to the Malcolm Preserve, a property of the Trustees of Reservations and Carlisle Conservation Foundation.  Malcolm Preserve is a 11 acre property that is part of 1,300acres of protected land.  Malcolm Preserve was previously used as farmland.

We had a local Adventure to the Malcolm Preserve on a dreary, yet perfect spring day.  This was one of those Adventures that I debated blogging about as really a quite simple, and almost unappealing Preserve.  However, a change of pace for those locals who may be looking for a new spot, and anywhere is a happy time for those furry best friends!

We began our Adventure today excited for a short drive and a new property to explore.  We arrived at the well marked parking lot of Malcolm Preserve, eager for a walk.  We began our Adventure near some homes before ending up on the trail through the woods.  There were some markers of names along the way, but no map, or instructions as to where they might lead.  We decided to mostly veer straight, appearing to follow the Estabrook Woods trail.  There were few visitors allowing a peaceful stroll, until we wandered past a loud construction site, crashing us out of our therapeutic oasis.  There was lots of mud on the trails, and a couple small areas of water, complete with the song of a babbling brook.  The trails were often lined with rock walls, adding some scenery to the dull landscape.  We ran into several other dog walkers and were pleased that they were quite considerate of others.  These visitors were friendly, and my guess was likely locals to this conservation area.

One of the spectacular things about living in New England is the amazing changes in seasons, causing you to appreciate the little details that often can go unnoticed.  Today I was so pleased to see merely see the glorious color of green, as nature has begun to spring up.  As we finished our hike, walking almost three miles we were pleased to see the sun, and ready to head home for some backyard fun.  We are certainly enjoying our spring Adventures in New England.

If you may be wondering I located the Malcolm Preserve through the Trustees of Reservations which I have been learning about in the last several months.  I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area.  Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts.  So although I did not find today’s Adventure up there with some of the rest, there are so many others worth exploring.  However we still enjoyed our outing today visiting the Malcolm Preserve.  A great way to start a gorgeous spring day in New England (Rating:  2).

 

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February 2, 2019 – Norris Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Norris Reservation in Norwell, Massachusetts.  Norris Reservation is a 129 acre park run by the Trustees of Reservation.  The Reservation includes:  boardwalks, ponds, a small brook, a boathouse, and many trails.  Some of the trails parallel the North River.  The area is popular for walking, snow shoeing, dog walking and fishing.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Norris Reservation on a chilly February day.  I recently had been reading about the wonderful parks under The Trustees of Reservation and was excited to check out the Norris Reservation, free of charge.  We started off our hike along the main trail, walking past an icy-filled babbling brook, and a frozen pond.  We soon veered to the right eager to follow the Gordon Pond trail, complete with boardwalks!  Although occasionally you could see the road to the right, overall the trail was lovely, many boardwalks, benches, bridges, and some square stones grooming the trails.  The ice was making cracking, and gurgling sounds, one feature I love in the frigid New England weather.

From the Gordon Trail we looped around on the outer loops of the various trails which followed the North River before looping back to the parking lot.  The River was a bright blue framed by tan grass along the shore.  We walked out to the River’s edge on several occasions checking out the ice, and water.   Shadow and Wilma were enthused with this detour often rolling in the grass and engaging in energized play.  Along the way we also found the beautiful boathouse.  We sauntered through the house enjoying the windows with the perfectly framed scenery and the view from the front porch.  Quite a lovely and unique structure along the way.

The trails were simple but the features, and water along the way made for an absolutely lovely hike.  It was nice to see maps available at the entrance, and along way to guide your way.  Throughout our Adventure we saw numerous dog walkers, and others out on this cold day, many stopping to chat and say hello.  It was a refreshing day at this special Reservation.  I do hope we will be back again (Rating:  4).  (The videos are currently having difficulty downloading, so may be added at a later date).