And we got to see it!
Growing up, Massachusetts was a place I wanted to live. There was no real reason for this dream, or at least none that I recall, but that dream quickly faded on this trip. Have you ever driven in Massachusetts? It was not dreamy.
My first indication that I would not enjoy driving through this state was when we hit Boston towing our 12ish foot tall home behind us. There is a freakishly long tunnel with a clearance of 13.9 feet! This tunnel literally takes you under Boston, which was pretty neat.
Then, after spending a week trying to navigate the roads, I still could not find my away around. All the roads looked the same and the intersections were strange too. I think that I am pretty good at navigating without Google showing me the way, especially after I’ve driven in the area for a day or two. Last week in North Carolina I could manage just fine without Google and this week in Georgia (we’ve only been here two days), I already know my way back to the state park we are staying in without a map. So, when I say Massachusetts was a difficult place to navigate, I think you can trust me.
Anywho, here is how we spent the week.
Wompatuck State Park
I cannot stress this enough. Wompatuck State Park was incredibly dreamy. The campground was mostly empty, which suited us perfectly. The yellow autumn leaves absolutely encircled our home and made our stay special. We spent a lot of time exploring this state park and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
We Enjoyed the Fall Leaves
Because there was so much beauty in surrounding us, we decided to go on a leaf hunt. We looked for every color leaf and collected them in our baskets. Then when we got home we used the ones we collected, and the plethora at our campsite, to create leaf art.
We Dressed in Costume for a Tea Party
While we were in Massachusetts, the children found their Halloween costumes and being children they wanted to wear them immediately. So we dressed up and had a tea party in the woods. I had a blast reading my spooky monsters a story while we sipped tea surrounded by the gorgeous colors of fall.
We Enjoyed the Park’s Bike Track
Yes, the state park has their very own bike track. If you went early in the day, there were no other people and it was quite fun.
A Cranberry Bog
When we ventured outside of the delightful state park, we found some more amazing trails. We found a cranberry bog and loved the trail. If you didn’t know, cranberries are the state berry. Oh, and the kids totally wore their costumes again.
Black Pond Bog and Spiderwebs
The Black Pond Bog Nature Preserve was a neat place to explore and I would absolutely love to explore it more. We went there with the intention of hunting for spider webs. We brought along a misting squirt bottle so we could mist the webs to better see them. The hike was fun and the kids had a blast misting the webs. We did have to use our nature journals as shields from the falling acorns. The kids thought it was hilarious.
The 5-year-old is mostly shoeless at this point. He prefers to be barefoot. As long as the trail (or area we are walking) looks trash free, we allow it.
When I saw the name World’s End, I knew I would need to hike it. I did not consider Covid restrictions or that it would cost money to walk along the trail. But we got lucky. They had openings for the time of morning we arrived and I was able to reserve and pay from my phone. The trail was nice, but not worth the $10 to hike with two kids for a short time. We did see some amazing fall colors and several birds, including a hawk perched on a branch searching for his next meal on the ground below.
We did a touristy thing! We spent an abhorrent amount of money to walk on the Mayflower II (the Mayflower replica). As a lover of history, it was totally worth it. I got to see the tiny space where 102 people spent 60 days sailing across the Atlantic.
After touring the ship, we meandered down the street to view the rock. You know, the rock. The rock we’ve all heard about in school. The one that the Pilgrims first stepped on when they arrived in the Americas. Yea, we got to see that tiny rock. (If you don’t know which rock, you must be living under a rock. Ha!)
We also saw a monument of Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoag tribe that had been devastated by disease (you know the ones the white folk brought with them from Europe, yea those) by the time the Pilgrims arrived. Right next to this is the hill where the Pilgrims buried the vast majority of those who sailed across the Atlantic.
We then grabbed dinner at a nearby pub, with completely empty outdoor seating, and then some dessert at a walk-up ice cream shop. We ate our ice cream while taking in the bay.
Geocaching and More
Doug took the kids on three successful geocaching expeditions. Also, the 5-year-old found a critter.
This was our adventure in Massachusetts. Despite the strange and identical roadways, it is a lovely state with some absolutely beautiful things to see.
Next time, I will share our amazing adventures in Rhode Island.
CURRENT ADVENTURE STATS:
On the road: 14 months
Miles towing our home: 10,973
Campgrounds visited: 70
Breweries visited: 36
National Parks visited: 16/62
National Monuments/Seashores/Historic Sites/etc.: 5
State Parks visited: 17