Tent, travel trailer, or motorhome, get outside to a campground on the sea. This ocean front campground on the east coast of the U.S. is a favorite of local campers and has access to beautiful Buzzards Bay. The area of beach at the campground is rocky, however a 15 minute walk down a beach path leads to an established state beach.
Like at many East Coast beaches, sometimes the waves and undertow here are significant, swim with caution. As waves come in and out, experience seaweed and feel the ocean carve the sand as your feet melt into the sand.
In our travels this summer, we came across a fun section of paved trail in Maryland. While staying at https://jellystonemaryland.com Yogi Bear Jellystone campground in Williamsport MD, I was looking for something to do with my older son. Google maps showed a bike trail-head with a parking lot within biking distance from the campground. Off we went to find an old C&O Canal rail trail. Once there it became apparent that the site was a US National Park and in conjunction with Maryland civil war trails. Although we only went about 5 miles or so up the trail, it was fun and interesting. Heavy vegetation, old infrastructure, paved trail, and even primitive camping spots can be found along the route.
Have you ever been somewhere that was so beautiful that you felt like you were in one of those windows background photos? The end of this trail leads to a beautiful ocean view.
The Munn Preserve is part of the Mattapoisett Land Trust located in Mattapoisett Massachusetts. Follow Mattapoisett Neck road to the end and find a turn around just before the Antassawamock community. This short walk leads to the ocean and takes about 10 minutes one way.
This easy walk starts out from a parking lot on 325 New Boston Rd. and meanders easterly towards The Bogs and Tripps Mill. As the Buzzards Bay Coalition website describes, this land is part of the Mattapoisett River Reserve. The day I walked, I turned back at the sign (shown below) the sun was getting lower and temps were falling.
Camping trip # 2 of 12 for 2021 – Not tenting on this trip, used the Roo19 instead and dragged everyone along. It was cold during the day, never-mind the evening outside temp was around 18F maybe less. The inside of the camper was plenty warm. The below video is about 12 minutes long. Mt. Tecumseh is a NH 4000 footer, and said to be one of the easiest to hike. The snow actually made the hike easier, no roots or stones. Get outdoors!
Hamlin Crossing, as described by the Buzzard’s Bay Coalition, is a former orchard and farm offering easy walking trails. Start to finish, it took my Dad and myself about 25 minutes to complete the short walk. Consider boots in the spring as some spots will be muddy. There is a small parking lot just across the street from the trail head.
I had some exposure issues with the first battery of shots, I am thinking the shutter speed was set too high. I made some adjustments and exposure quality increased.
Whites Factory – You will find Whites Factory just a stones throw from Hamlin Crossing. As the Buzzards Bay Coalition describes, this factory was once a cotton and saw mill. Check out the semicircular stone arch, that design principle goes way way back in time.
As always, get outside! and thank you for reading.
Before I venture out camping, backpacking, or hiking, especially where risk is higher, I use a checklists. Instead of reinventing the wheel, REI Co-op has great online printable checklists. Additionally, I have also included a link to the Philmont Scout Ranch 10 essentials.
Before a significant trip, I print up the list and start staging gear in a pile. When to start this process depends on the complexity of your outing. Sometimes completing the checklist the night before is okay, while other times will require more plan-ahead actions. I do find that as the number of people involved increases, the more complex the planning becomes.
One more thought – I can say that there is a value to packing some items kinda’ last minute. For example, if you check your tooth brush off the list, then use again and leave it at the sink, you may forget it. This can apply to all types of things you need while outdoors, yet also use on a daily basis at home. My advice is to only check the item off the list once it has actually made it to the packing area. In a future post about a recent NH winter hike, I left my 1 qt. essentials bag in my truck console, in my mind it was packed. I think it comes down to practice and habits. What do you think?
Professional writer and scouter Mark Cordeiro details “The 10 essentials for hiking at Philmont“. During a visit to Philmont in July of 2018, I purchased a few of these water proof checklists, they were just inside the store door at the Tooth of Time Trading Post and were about $1.00 each. Although I did not see them for sale in the online store, you may be able to call and order copies. Thanks for reading…get outside. Andrew