Of course we pick the coldest week of the year to head up North to Massachusetts! After the Christmas excitement was over, we began looking for new adventures to keep us occupied. I still want to go to Salem but we had decided that was too far to drive just to freeze. Still wanting an adventure, we decided to freeze a little closer to home. We went to Borderland State Park, just up the road from the Aldo house.
Including the wind chill, the temperature was well below zero. This was going to be a short trip! Just a walk around the mansion, take some pictures, and make hot chocolate back at the house. If you've read our blog before, I'm sure you know where this story will be heading...
Well we made it to the mansion. It was a really cool old stone house. The house wasn't open while we were there but they do give tours. Maybe that'll have to be an adventure for the next time. We snagged a few pictures around the front of the house and began to wander the grounds.
We got some nice pictures as we entered the woods. Snow, as cold as it makes everything, does make for some pretty pictures. Wrapping our scarves around our faces, into the wilderness we went for our "short" walk.
And we kept walking...
And walking... So we were a little bit lost, big deal. The benefit of hiking in sub zero temperature is that you can't really feel your legs for them to feel tired. On the down side, you can't feel your legs! It was cold. Very cold. We finally came upon a map of the park and realized we took about a half-mile wrong turn. Or rather, didn't take the turn we were supposed to on the loop trail and ended up at a road. So we had to turn around and take the correct turn, then finish the loop around the lake.
Towards the end of our now 2+ hour hike, we were done with the winter. I think we would have walked back to North Carolina if we had to at that point but finally, the car was in sight. We hopped in, cranked up the heater and headed home. It took a while for our legs to thaw out but we made it; and got some really great pictures along the way.
He likes pizza.