On Saturday, 11/21, 4 ICO volunteers, 1 St Peter's chaperon and 13 kids from St Peters set out to explore the 3 mile Blue Blazes Skyline Loop in Blue Hills Reservation starting off from Houghton's Pond. The first half of the loop was challenging and fun for all with many steep grade inclines and declines. After hiking (with picture breaks) for about 2 hours, we reached our lunch destination, The Blue Hill Weather Observatory and Science Center. At 635 feet, The Blue Hill is the highest peak south of Maine on the Atlantic Coast. With a clear day, panoramic views and good food, we enjoyed our first real break of the day.
Following lunch, we took a very interesting tour of the observatory and science center. We all learned a lot about measuring and monitoring wind speed, temperatures and precipitation. The tour concluded with a trip to the observation deck where we had wonderful 360 views of the surrounding area. Saving the shortest part of the hike back for the return trip to Houghton's Pond, we were able to make it back in time to enjoy the end of the Yankee Siberian Husky Club's dog sled demonstrations. The club's participants brought their dogs to Houghton's Pond that day to demonstrate how the animals pull people on bicycles (there being no snow for sleds that day...fortunately). Our day was concluded with a short walk by the side of Houghton's Pond en route back to the van. It was a great day enjoyed by all!