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    May 2010
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    Thumbs up Bay Circuit Trail Hike

    Well, 95 degrees and sunny - PERFECT time for a hike!

    Had the day off, my outdoorsy daughter was home, and I copped a full day "Honey-Do" pass from She Who Must Be Obeyed. We decided to return to the Ward Hill Reservation to do a section hike of the Bay Circuit Trail, and more.

    Ward Hill is 700 acres donated to the Trustees of Reservation for public use, over several hills about 30 miles north of Boston. Mrs Ward memorialized her hiking-loving husband with the creation of the "Solstice Stones" - a 40 foot accurate compass of granite stones laid into the ground on the top of a hill.

    The Bay Circuit trail runs through the reservation, and is part of a 200-mile trail linking over 50 towns around the city of Boston, from Plum Island in the North Shore, to Kingston Bay in the South Shore.

    My 17 y/o camera-shy daughter Alison, AKA the Ewok, and I set-out for a Daddy-Daughter bonding day. Although I had strict orders there would be no pictures, I have proved the existence of the Ewok using cunning and fast shooting - she exists!

    There were wonderful moderate trails through swamps and a rare "quaking bog", some primitive rocky trails requiring a compass and good footwear, and spectacular meadows with views all the way to Boston, 33 miles away.

    It was a great hike!
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