An early stroll through Thanksgiving Forest.

March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

As I begin the first post on this photoblog, I would like to announce the purpose of it… See, these past few months have been long, harsh, and beyond freezing in Massachusetts. So, my goal for this coming summer – to be as adventurous and trigger-happy with my camera  as possible. Now… With that in mind… Please feel free to enjoy my day, today:

10:30am came fast. I filled my backpack with teas, some almonds, and my camera, picked up Chris and Rachel, and we began our trek through Thanksgiving Forest (Chelmsford, MA).

Thanksgiving Forest

After bundling up in our sweatshirts we set off. We had picked a good day for a walk considering that the past few days have given us rain and snow flurries. We lucked out. There was still snow on the pathways, but it did not deter us in the slightest. A long and cold winter had kept us indoors for months, and finally the warmth graced us. We had been waiting for a day like this.

Skull on the PostBirdhouse in the LakeOur Shy Turtle Friend

As we pressed onwards we came across interesting discoveries: a skull sitting atop a post, a birdhouse built in the lake, and a shy turtle. Well, the turtle wasn’t a discovery so much as a good catch on Chris’s behalf.  Of course, these were only a few discoveries if you don’t count the sights, sounds, and smells. Throughout the trek there was a constant discussion among us: “Appreciating the little things.” It truly is the only thing I could think about as we walked from path to path. Now, when I say the little things I ABSOLUTELY mean the littlest of little things. Example: the sound of a can of almonds bouncing around in my backpack as we climbed our way uphill. You gotta appreciate these things.

Our Freezing Cold Spot by the LakeA Shot of the Rockface.

It didn’t take long for us to set up food and drinks on a picnic table just off the trail. It was perfectly positioned just near a lake, which was still considerably frozen (somehow). Within ten minutes the wind blowing off the ice had frozen us solid, so we packed up and began to make our way back to the car. It was a longer walk back than to (as it always seems to be after a hike). Thankfully we still had enough energy to haul ass to the car and warm up… Quickly followed by a plate of Schezuan rice and vegetables at a restaurant called Jade East.

All in all, I’d say today was an amazing first trip through the woods… Well, for 2011. So many more adventures to be had, so many more photos to be taken, and so many more stories to be told.

Click here see all of today’s photos!

Until next time, internet…

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