The Saturday before Thanksgiving we went together to the Middlesex Fells Reservation, just north of Boston, for an hour-long hike in the 20 degree weather. Upon arrival, we were surprised that a whole pond was already frozen over. With no snow yet here in Boston, and leaves still on the ground, the seemly sudden appearance of so much ice reminded us that fall is over and winter is upon us.
These photos, taken mid-day when the sun was high in the sky, are a little washed out for my taste. Still they capture a moment in time, when fall first made its exit, and winter, its entrance.
Along the trail, there were patches of ground that froze very quickly, creating these beautiful ice crystals that reminded us of glaciers in miniature.
There are miles of trails to explore in the Fells, and last time I came with a friend a couple years ago, we hiked completely different territory. Because no maps were available, we got lost in a crisscrossed maze of trails that circled several ponds. We found our way to a main road and hiked back to our car. This time, Matt took the lead and we stayed on the well-marked Skyline Trail.
The Fells to the north and the Blue Hills to the south are oases just outside the city. I am so glad people had the foresight to preserve these lands for our enjoyment and escape. Scrambling up these rocky trails is one of my favorite things about living in the Boston area, and make urban living all the more bearable.