Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Walking on Cape Cod: Punkhorn Parklands

Last weekend, we were out of town up in Cape Cod visiting my husband's brother and sister-in-law. It was a wonderful weekend, with unseasonably gorgeous weather and a very relaxing schedule that pretty much called for doing nothing. Nothing except fitting in my training walks, that is, and otherwise just relaxing and enjoying time with family.

In this photo is Ann, Rob, me, and my husband, Dave.

On Saturday, my goal was to spend 45 minutes or more walking 2 or more miles.

We decided to walk in the Punkhorn Parklands in Brewster, MA. This is a nature conservancy that backs right up to our family's back yard.

The parklands were completely deforested during the early colonial days, and in the intervening years had been used for grazing sheep and cattle, and for farming cranberries. In the last 75 years or so, the forest has been coming back, and in the 1980's the town of Brewster MA purchased the land, creating the largest publically owned parcel of land on all of Cape Cod.

The walk itself was part easy hiking on narrow trails, and part brisk walking on dirt roads or wide trails. It was mostly wooded, but near the end, we had a great view of Upper Mill Pond, a large body of fresh water that is great for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, etc.

Total walking time: 1hr 15 min
Total miles: approx. 3.5 miles

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