We did a spontaneous kayaking expedition in June – here are some pictures and info, because it was so easy, simple, enjoyable and a huge success for us.
One afternoon we just drove over to Spot Pond Boating (website here) and asked to rent a kayak. No booking required. They fitted us with lifejackets and had us in a double kayak in about 15 minutes. It was $20 for an hour on the lake and the staff were super helpful, safety conscious, and friendly.
I am so pleased they refurbished Col. Connelly Playground at the North end of Lake Quannapowitt. It always struck me as strange to have a toddler playground without infant swings. But now it is all new and shiny and a great place to stop either on that jog around the lake, or when you’re buying your gourmet muffins at The Gingerbread Construction Company. mmmmm – muffins.
Anyway, I was saying… This playground is still fully fenced but now has a new structure, new swings, new picnic benches, new wood chips, and the ride-on toys have been anchored again. There are excellent little nooks to hide and a faux-rock to climb on. We tested out all the bells (no whistles) and dipped our toes into Lake Q. The playground itself is in full sun, but there are grass and trees outside the fence to sit under.
We were infinitely grateful that the drinking fountain was on. It was tremendously hot today so we only lasted maybe twenty minutes. Then we went and hid in the air conditioning of the Stoneham Public Library and got out more truck/car/train books for Alex.
We went to Sandy Beach yesterday for a beautiful, surprisingly relaxing morning. Sandy Beach is right in the middle of Winchester, which is right in the thick of the Greater Boston Area. There is a bathhouse, lots of life guards, a picnic area, some shade, a sandy beach, a beautiful view across the lake, ducks, water lilies,… Can you guess how many people were there on a warm, sunny Friday morning in August? One! Then we came about 10:30am and there were maybe 20 when we left at about 12:30pm. Warm water, nice white sand beach, we’ll see you again soon.
There is also a very nice, multi-surface toddler playground by the parking lot with loose rubber bits as surface. While we were there on Friday someone was blowing the rubber bits back into their pit area with a leaf blower, so we didn’t stop to play much. This playground is very sunny and has been a bit too hot for us on previous visits, but there are some benches right by the playground that are in the shade and of course the beach is not bad for cooling off.
Rats – I can’t find the photos of the playground – I’ll update this post with photos of the playground tomorrow…