Out to the Sticks
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October 22nd, 2005 – by: cneoridium
What's interesting about the East is that it's forested and relatively flat. Where ever you're standing, you see a short distance ahead, but then you're blocked by trees. There could be a river or town just ahead, but you don't know it until you get there. The forests were nearly completely cleared in the 1800s, so these are second growth stands, consisting of only a handful of species.
Gardner is located along a creek in a shallow valley, so there are actually some rolling hills around it. We climbed Watchusetts Mountain (looks like a hill to me.
Stopped at a tiny inn for a lobster lunch- lobster's a big deal there. I love rural restaurants, it's like going back to the late 70s, the last time the menu was printed. Lots of nets on the walls with plastic crabs; ship's wheels; dark varnished wood; lots of rope coiled around things... seafarin' decor - ahrrrrr!
Sun is already low in the sky by mid afternoon that far north so one last hike around the house. The neighbors were out hiking too "first time any of us have been able to venture into the woods in months - bugs.
At night we headed deeper into the sticks in search of nightlife. The happening place in those parts is the Singapore Chinese restaurant. The locals came out of the woodwork, lots of flannel shirts and beards for the men; big hair and denim jackets for the girls. Danced to a cover band singing Air Supply and Journey songs until closing time. The food was surprisingly good.
We'd once again packed these and many other adventures - an entire vacation - into a 4-day weekend, including two full days of travel... I think I spent less than $300 including airfare from California.
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