On this day, Sunday June 26th, 2016, We're kicking off a blog to keep track of adventures that we take. Sam is 6-1/2 years old and just finished Kindergarten. Charlotte is 3-1/2 years old and finished up her first year of Preschool.
Today we took a trip to Purgatory Chasm State park in Sutton, Massachusetts. The weather was perfect, and Leedles orchestrated a fantastic outing.
"Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago. Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery." (mass.gov website)
The entrance to the park was a very rocky and challenging gorge. Sam crawled over rocks like Spiderman, and Charlotte will definitely be able to tackle the challenging "features" in a few years. We chose to take the "Chasm Loop Trail" which is where you find "The Chasm" — a deep and claustrophobic crack in the terrain. Sam bravely explored the path, while I had to shuffle sideways in order to fit. Once we emerged from the tiny space, Leedles and Charlotte jumped in to check it out.
The Chasm Loop trail is marked with Blue painted marks on rocks and trees to guide you in the right direction. Charlotte spent most of the adventure hunting for "The next blue mark" and upon finding each new mark, she would crouch down and touch each one to feel the texture.
We wrapped up our day at the park with a visit to a really great playground, and then drove a bit down the road to find some well-deserved ice cream. I'm not sure if I'll rate these adventures, but this one was definitely a "10" and we'll be back to explore the other trails.