Night can transform the ordinary into something magical. Explore the night-time woods in the Blue Hills and discover the changes created in the gathering dark. You'll be invited to try activities to discover how nighttime darkness changes your sensory abilities, look and listen for animals, and (conditions permitting) gaze at the stars. The path we're taking is one of the most unusual in the Blue Hills and is accessible for participants on foot, using wheelchairs, or using other mobility devices.
The path begins at a paved parking lot at Houghton's pond. Starting at a level, hard-packed, 4 foot wide gap between a metal gate and a boulder, the path is flat, level, and hardened with packed gravel. At about an eighth of a mile in, the path reveals its true identity: a paved, abandoned stretch of Route 128 from the days when the highway was only two lanes wide. Cars haven't traveled on this stretch of road since 1960, and it is remarkably free of ruts and potholes. Moss carpets some of the roadway and full-grown yellow birches rise from the very edges of the pavement. There is a very slight, almost imperceptible downward grade as the path travels to the east, with rocky hills to the north and an extensive wetland to the south.
We'll meet in the south parking lot of the museum, adjacent to the ski area, to form a car caravan to the trailhead. Accessible restrooms are available at the museum at the beginning and end of the program. Please dress appropriately for the weather in lightweight layers that can be easily added or removed. Insect repellent is recommended. For the safety and comfort of others, please apply repellent outdoors before the program begins. Please contact the museum if you or a member of your party may need additional assistance or information in order to participate in this event. There is no admission charge for personal aides, but please contact the museum if someone in your party will be accompanied by an aide. The rain date for this event is Saturday, Sept. 7th.