Day Tripper Dispatches

Middlesex Fells Hiking

The DayTripper Divas & families love the Fells, year-round! Click here for photos.

Dispatches Photo Contest
November 19, 2007, 8:00 pm
Filed under: active sports, adult activities, all ages, photos
Here are some of our favorite photos from recent day trips. If it doesn’t have a caption, identify the photo location in a comment and win a free PDF of the Day Tripper! Click the speech bubble for captions, and click on the photo to see a larger version on Picasa.

Cross-Country Skiing for Kids

Get your kids involved with a fun, healthy, inexpensive, safe and relatively cheap lifetime winter sport! There is an excellent cross-country instructional league based at the Weston Ski Track, called the Bill Koch League. They encourage parents to get in on the act, too! They welcome all abilities and will teach kids 7+ how to ski and even do a bit of fun racing. There are over 80 kids in the local program. The season has a wonderful grand finale ski festival in Gunstock, NH. In December, practices will start again at our usual home-base at the Weston Ski Track on Saturdays at 9:30. In years past, our first on-snow practice is generally in mid-Dec., due to excellent snow-making equipment at Weston. For more details, email Lauren Hefferon of the Arlington Outings Club.

See the Compleat Day Tripper for Weston and other family-tested cross-country ski destinations!

Going to Walden

Going to Walden

by Mary Oliver

It isn’t very far as highways lie.
I might be back by nightfall, having seen
The rough pines, and the stones, and the clear water.
Friends argue that I might be wiser for it.
They do not hear that far-off Yankee whisper:
How dull we grow from hurrying here and there!

Many have gone, and think me half a fool
To miss a day away in the cool country.
Maybe. But in a book I read and cherish,
Going to Walden is not so easy a thing
As a green visit. It is the slow and difficult
Trick of living, and finding it where you are.

From The River Styx, Ohio and Other Poems, published in “New and Selected Poems,” 1992. Found in the Busa Farm newsletter, November 2007

"A Rotten Log Is Never Board"

In this video clip, Lauren Hefferon, who heads up the Arlington Outings Club and the Arlington-based European bike touring company Ciclismo Classico, explains a bit of nature at Great Brook Farm State Park. Hiking, biking and cross-country skiing are fabulous on the well-maintained trails, where we found, it’s even fun getting lost. And the ice cream shop is awesome, with inside seating and a viewing window into the milking barn. Call ahead to book a farm tour. 984 Lowell Street, Carlisle, MA 01476; 978 369-6312.

How to Like a Monadnock Hike

Monadnock is a great climb – the 3rd or 2nd most climbed mountain in the world, they say. (Weekdays are more ‘tranquil’ as a result). I’ve hiked it to the summit twice. My daughter and wife made it most of the way up and then we decided to take another trail back down, but it doesn’t get harder as you go – the difficulty level for 5-8 year olds is ‘moderate to a lot’ but fun, I would say. This is due to the scrambling up and down that you do. I wouldn’t take them on a day when rain threatens, because a lot of the trail is scrambling over rocks and you don’t want water pouring over those when feet are trying to get a good foothold – and would recommend you take children that you feel comfortable supervising, since the last thing you need is a daredevil kid bounding ahead and not taking his/her time on the rocks. – by Carl Wagner, Bishop “Green Bees” Roots & Shoots parent

Click here for a good photo tour of Monadnock hiking.

Gobble Gobble
November 2, 2007, 10:33 pm
Filed under: all ages, farms, organic, suburbs, thanksgiving, you-pick

Fancy picking out your own Thanksgiving dinner and working in a day trip at the same time? You’re in luck – Yankee Magazine just published a list of turkey farms in & around New England. If you’re aiming to get a free-range or organic turkey, quiz the farmer first. Some equate any amount of outside access with “free range,” which can make a big difference in taste and size.