Boston Inspiring Connections Outdoors
June 4, 2016 - Kayaking and Arboretum with St. Peters
On June 4th, Boston ICO volunteers Jeff and Nicki and St. Peters leader Hermes led 5 young women and 6 young men (ages 13-16) on a kayaking trip on the Charles River, launching off at Nahanton Park, followed by a hike through the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.
The day started off with some indoor futbol at St. Peters in Dorchester, and the group drove out to Nahanton Park in Newton to quickly go over some basic kayaking skills and then hit the river! The weather was sunny and great, and after getting the hang of steering, the group headed upriver for some great scenery of the surrounding Cutler Park and marsh areas. We saw some turtles, along with a heron and some Canadian Geese and their young as well. The highlight was some epic waterfights to help us all cool off on a hot day!
After getting off the water, we enjoyed setting up the picnic tables in the park for a make-your-own sandwich bar along with granola bars and fruit. We then took a short drive over to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain to take a sunny Saturday stroll. We especially enjoyed the huge rhododendron bushes in full bloom, all the special trees from all over the globe, playing some frisbee and using our binoculars to look at the sights, and getting a great view of downtown Boston from the top of Bussey Hill.
After hiking back to the van, we all shared what we enjoyed most about the day ("everything", "kayaking", and "splashing" were recurring favorites), and all said our goodbyes until the next trip. Special thanks to Charles River Canoe and Kayak for being great hosts for us as always, and for Hermes for leading a great group of youth at St. Peters.
Pictures from the trip can be found here: