Minute Man National Historic Park-MA

Yesterday, Craig and I took a trip to Minute Man NHP. It was only about 45 minutes away from us. It is a great day trip from Boston if you are visiting, or stop there if you are on a road trip in the North East. It is close to the Saugus Iron Works NHS and Salem Maritime NHS. This is where the American Revolution started. Where “the shot heard round the world” was fired. It is hallowed ground.

The park starts in Lexington and goes to Concord. You can drive and park at the different sites or walk or bike. There are several Visitor’s Centers-two have National Park passport stamps in them. Along the Battle Road Trail you will see Hartwell Tavern, the Paul Revere capture site, the Bloody Angle and more. There are ranger walks, battle reenactments and musket firings during the day. You can pick up info at the Visitor’s Centers. 

A few other places you should visit while in the area if you love literature are the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne and the Alcotts are buried, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and Walden Pond State Reservation. We had a great day walking through history and will be back!

Woods

Walden Pond

Stamp

White Mountain National Forest-NH

We went hiking this weekend in the White Mountains. We did around 8 miles of the Appalachian Trail and stayed overnight at the Zealand Falls Hut. It was great fun and we got some “unofficial” park stamps for our passport. The leaves have just started to turn and look beautiful.

 

The Beehive Trail-Acadia National Park

I wanted to try one of the iron rung trails at Acadia when we visited. I was not sure if I would be able to reach some of the rungs, but I figured if little kids had hiked some of the trails I could too! We decided on The Beehive because it was shorter than The Precipice Trail with more open views on the way up. Also, the line of parked cars near the Precipice was crazy on the day we went. There are a few other iron rung trails at Acadia.

While the Beehive is a short 0.8 miles long, it is rated as a “Strenuous” climb/hike. You have to pull your weight up in several spots and you should not have a fear of heights. There are some steep spots and thin ledges. You can go back down the easier back side after enjoying the view at the top.

There were only two spots that were scary for me, and Craig and I had a blast. It was one of my favorite hikes I have done so far. My top three so far are The Mist Trail in Yosemite, The Beehive in Acadia and Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone. I also fell in love with the Upper Geyser Basin at Yellowstone, but that is more of a walk than a climb or hike. 

Our friends joined us in Acadia for this trip, and we had a lot of fun visiting the park and Bar Harbor, hiking and getting passport stamps. The Night Sky Festival had a lot of cloudy nights, but we got to go to a great Star Party on top of Cadillac Mountain one night. I will save that for a future post!