Hi all! Long time no see, right? But if you follow me on Instagram, I’ve still been quite active there and my feed is full of Fall pictures. However, it’s 99 days until a quite important deadline in my life, and that lead me to turn inwards. So, can you guess, is it 99 days to… well, you have to read the whole post to find out.
New England, the Northeastern region of the United States where Boston is at, is well known for the amazing Fall season. Fall foliage, apple cider donuts, pumpkin spice everything, brisk hikes in the nature, all inclusive! Last year I shared why I was then excited for my first Fall in New England. So, now I’ll share what I’ve been up to, and what you could be up to, if you choose to take a trip to this fabulous nature and cities full of red, orange and yellow leaves everywhere! This is a mix of a travel post with a lifestyle post, so here it goes!
1 – Be mindful in Walden Pond
The most common road trips in New England to see the Fall Foliage include either the Mohawk Trail in Western Massachusetts (the trip I did last year), the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, or Stowe, Vermont. But if you’re a dead broke grad student like me after a summer in California and Iceland, and also someone who hasn’t a lot of free time to spare now, why not take a short drive or the public transit options right by the city? Even though Fall Foliage peak was about two weeks later than usual due to the higher temperatures in the beginning of the season, I went on two hikes anyway. Both on the same weekend.
Lexington and Concord are two towns in the greater Boston area and they are deeply connected with the beginning of the American revolution. This is where you’ll find the Minuteman National Historic Park and the battlefield of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolution War, back in 1775. The drive between Lexington and Concord is full of Fall Foliage and, while I did other things that day, I’ll focus on the walk/hike. I had already been to Concord and the surrounding amazing Walden Pond in the Summer of 2017, but it had a whole different magic, now that Fall was about to set in there. If you want to visit Walden Pond by public transit, take the train either in North Station (Boston) or Porter Square (Cambridge/Somerville) to Concord and rent a bike or walk two miles to the parking lot.
Actually, Walden Pond was where writer Henry David Thoreau had his cabin when he decided to live there for two years. You can see the cabin close to the parking lot. He was looking to get away from civilization, therefore this lake is a calm haven to be a bit mindful.
2 – Get lost in Middlesex Fells
I walked 16 Kms (about 1o miles) this day. All because we walked from the Oak Grove T stop all the way to the closest entrance to the Middlesex Fells Reservation and then back. I had already been there in the Winter, and it was one of the most magical moments of 2017 for me. So, I decided to repeat the experience with a bit sunnier weather in the Fall. While the leaves had still not turned much, the lakes and dense foliage are always a thing of beauty, for only a $4,25 round trip T ride from the city to Malden (Oak Grove Orange T line stop).
3 – Visit a museum on Columbus Day
Columbus Day is a national holiday that is observed on the second Monday of October. It celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in October 12th, 1492. On this day, plenty of museums are free in Boston. I finally got to visit Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, an art museum displaying the private collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, the widow of a Boston businessman. When her husband died in 1908, she turned their Venentian inspired mansion into a museum to display their impressive art collection. The museum is mostly known for the amazing courtyward and also in popular culture for the heist, where paintings were stolen in 1990 and nobody knows yet who did it or where the art works are. You can see the empty frames there, it’s quite daunting.
4 – Get the Fall harvest fix at a local farm
Pumpkin paradise, sunflowers, purple cauliflowers, apples and more apples, and even apple cider donuts and caramel apples! That’s the kind of experience you get by going to a local farm. We went to Wilson Farm in Lexington and had a blast. There’s also the typical experience of going apple picking at a local farm, or navigating a corn maze. I didn’t do that, yet, and I regret it, because it’s a quintessential experience.
5 – Just walk around the city! Leaves everywhere
Photographing my morning walk to work has provided some nice details. Also sometimes when I run I feel so grateful by being able to have easy access to green areas and to the Charles River. It really helps when you’re close to the end of a journey.
Now Fall Chapter 2 is under way! After Halloween, gears are shifted toward Thanksgiving. And I will write when I can, because actually I’m writing a lot in my work life. If you remember the beginning of the post, it’s 99 days until February 13th, which is…
THE THESIS DRAFT DEADLINE!
Wish me luck. I love writing as you know, and I’m preparing my baby. After almost 4 years of ups and downs, the document is coming to life. And I’m trying to enjoy the last months of living in Boston as much as I can!