What fun to bring a friend to the Blackstone Greenway who had never seen the views from all the bridges on this railtrail before. Depending on where you start (and construction keeps changing this) there are about eight bridges on this section of railtrail from Blackstone to Millville. Granted, several of the bridges transport you over roads, but that simply means you have less to worry about as you walk or bike–very few grade crossings exist on this trail.
The foliage has been hanging on even through a recent storm, extending the season beyond the typical two weeks we can normally expect to enjoy the extravagant display of bright colors. The flashes of color everywhere I turn take my breath away.
And the views from the bridges along the Blackstone River in Blackstone are particularly lovely.
Christine brought her home-schooled children along with us, so every step turned into an explore, with questions and observations about the world around us. Wooly bear caterpillars on the trail were scooted off into the grass. Worms flushed out from the past night’s rain never made it back to safety and dried out in the sun. Maple keys (seeds) make fun art projects, and so lots of these seeds got collected as we walked as well.
Christine is a birder, so the few birds we saw (and the others we heard) she quickly identified for us.
I love having folks along who can help open up the world around me.
We walked all the way to the Triad Bridge, a distance of little over a mile. The clouds cleared, and the colors were vibrant in the sunlight.
We talked a little about the history of the railroad that never got finished, the Grand Trunk Railroad. The kids picked out the footings in the river, infrastructure for the railroad that was planned. My feet were wearing out, so we turned back and headed for home. A simple walk becomes an adventurous explore when children are added into the mix. Happy Trails!
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Finding the Sacred in Everyday (and some very strange) Places.
She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.