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Cornstalks and Moonlight ~ Fun on the Farm

Through the Woods, Down a Cave, Up a Tower ...

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Our field trip on Monday was fantastic! Truly, one of the best we've been on. We followed a ranger through a local forest reserve and learned - not only about the local flora and fauna - but lots of fascinating New England history as well! (A tale that involved pirates and treasure and earthquakes and explosives - the kids were all ears!)

"Ranger Dan" led us deep into the woods, down inside a cave and then way up high in a stone tower! Here are some pictures I took on this glorious October day ... I hope you enjoy them!

Walking by the reservoir ...

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A steep climb up to the cave ...

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These great boulders were left behind by a glacier during the last ice age ...

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And here we have the entrance to the cave itself ... the site of suspected pirate's buried treasure.

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This is "Flat Stanley" ~ we are escorting him around the area this week. A schoolgirl from California sent him to me!

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The ranger led us down in two groups - it was so dark and wet and slippery. To be honest, it was pretty creepy!

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Needless to say I didn't go down to the very bottom of the cave. I left that to my braver (and more sure-footed) companions, lol.

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After the cave, we walked a bit further uphill to this magnificent tower:

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It was built in the 1930s for observation. A steep spiral staircase inside led us to the very top of the tower where we had *incredible* views of the surrounding area.

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This would be Boston in the distance.

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And the Atlantic ocean ...

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After we left the tower, we started our descent back to the base of the park. As you can see it was an absolutely idyllic autumn day. 

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look at my pictures today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ... I'll be back again just as soon as I can. :)

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