BEST WESTERN PLUS at Historic Concord
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Enjoyed the park ranger's talk of the history and its impact and importance today. Beautiful area with good visitor center.
DON'T MISS THE VISITOR CENTER AT THE MINUTE MAN NATIONAL PARK Trail. The center is just down the road from the bridge toward Lexington and offers an excellent multimedia ...
... a steep hill. Not everyone was fully equipped - after all, this is a snowshoe/walk group, not a walking crampon group! - and it took a bit of courage and care to make it to the top. Troopers that they are, everyone reached the top with only minor delay. Or perhaps it felt different for several in the group...
Once at the top, we again walked freely, leaves catching in ...
... on the river side, added in 1985 at the 250th anniversary of the founding of Concord, which proclaims:
On the hill Nashawtuck
at the meeting of the rivers
and along the banks
lived the Indian owners of Musketaquid
before the white men came
We stopped briefly, took in the view, and felt refreshed.
... a hotel! - and wood duck houses suspended over the water.
Eventually we made our way north around blow downs and flooded areas to the second site on the plan: the lime kiln ruin just off the main trail of the woods. Years ago, limestone brought from just up the "road" was crushed and dumped in the kiln. Days later, lime was shoveled out the bottom, separate from impurities, to be carted away and used on the farmland.
With time short, we returned via the short trail back ...
... managed to steer myself back to the house without any serious wrong turnings.
The good news was that our exchange family had three bicycles (now reduced to two) so we were able to continue cycling, being much more careful with padlocking thereafter.
Several longer expeditions took us upstream along the Charles river and across it to Harvard and MIT. I explored a bit more widely on my own, down to the beaches of South Boston and out of the city to Arlington.