There is a group of people at EverPresent dedicated to organizing our company outings and activities and we call them “Team Fun”! We’ve done a lot of fun events, including mini golf, and our latest adventure was to the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA. Production team leader Granite and our flagship store manager Jody are avid hikers and lovers of nature and they gathered a group of us to meet this past Sunday for a two hour hike on a beautiful, windy day.
The Blue Hills
Rob, our production floor assistant has traversed the Blue Hills many times. For a challenging hike, he recommends the Skyline trail which features stunning views of Massachusetts and the city of Boston. For our purposes, we took the less strenuous route. The green trail loops around the Houghton’s pond area and gives you the opportunity to see some great wildlife.
In the summer during peak season, lifeguards are available for anyone who wants to swim in the pond – and parking is free! According to their website, The Blue Hills stretch over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph and the Great Blue Hill reaches 635 feet, the highest of 22 hills! You can read more about it’s history here.
Having never been there myself, I was expecting a dirt path leading into the woods that we all trudged into single file hoping that the person in front of us knew where the other was going. I was pleasantly surprised to find the opposite!
The spacious parking lot opens into a gorgeous complex with multiple options of where to go first. I easily spotted serious hikers with their backpacks and walking poles heading to the left towards the trail energized and determined. For every hiker I also saw three strollers being pushed by happy parents enjoying a sunny Sunday and there were plenty of children entertaining themselves on a great looking playground!
There was an open green field next the pavilion that held the dining area – Alex and Granite sampled their foot long hot dogs and give their highest recommendations. As you head towards the trails there is a scenic overlook that we paused at to admire a family of Canadian geese and their furry offspring. Directly to the other side of that was the pond and beach area, but on this windy day it was sparsely occupied. All of the buildings, including the bathroom pavilion at the beginning of the trails, was clean and well attended and everyone was friendly!
We took our time on the green route, pausing often to admire the views, the wildlife and of course snap some photos! Afterwards we had lunch at one of their many picnic tables and relaxed before the drive home.
Many of us live in and around the city of Boston and the consensus of the group is that if you’re looking to escape the constant ebb and flow of the city, venture down 128 and spend some time in The Blue Hills.