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    We have had several informal get togethers at various locations around New England this winter (NY is not in New England, but we were close). Would there be interest in June to having a get together at Blue Hill Observatory south of Boston? They are very busy but could find a day on a weekend in June for us to visit. They will give us a tour and even help us if we want to do a BBQ for lunch. We would have to make a donation to them as they normally charge for tours.

    What is the interest?

    Would a Saturday or Sunday be better?

    Are the specific dates that would work for folks?

    Any interest in the BBQ or just all pack our own lunches?

    Anyone been there before to give us an idea of the layout for parking and the short hike to the Observatory?

    Again, this is an informal thing, not sponsored by MWO.
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    The help on the BBQ would be grills and propane.
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    Parking isn't an issue if it's early but, the lot fills up with buses over the summer and on weekends. Getting up to the Observatory shouldn't be an issue since most kids run up the hill and it's only 1 mile up. It's rocky though.

    Observatory building and views are beautiful.
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    I am in and which ever day is fine for me. As far as lunch a BBQ would be fun but i think it would be alot easier if we all just packed a lunch. Any date is fine for me.

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    The BL Observatory folks have a busy schedule till June with tour groups. It sounds like they will try to get us in on a day when there is not much else going on. So, we may be okay with parking - especially if someone gets there early and ropes off a section.
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    I'd be interested. This sounds like fun. I can do either day on the first two weekends in June. Third weekend is booked. And the fourth is the Celtic Fling here in PA with Dave (MOAB149).

    I agree with Chris, packing a lunch would be easier. And I'll just pack a cheeseburger!
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    We could do either a Sat or Sun with the exception that we'll be away the middle weekend (18-19) staying at Lakes of the Clouds. There are actually two choices for getting up to the observatory (perhaps three). Parking by the Trailside Museum and hiking up the red dot trail. The parking lot there is the one for the ski area and has tons of room. Should not be a parking issue in June. The other option is to park at the park headquarters on Hillside St and hike the skyline trail. This is a longer hike and can be done as a loop with HQ to the OBS on either the north or south skyline and then back on the other. It's a bit longer (about 3M round trip I think) and has lots of ups and downs as well as beautiful views. It's our favorite part of Blue Hills by far.

    There is a brochure and trail map here: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metrob...20brochure.pdf

    Mohamed Elozy's hiking site also has some good info on Blue Hills: http://home.earthlink.net/~ellozy/strenuous.html

    Hope we can get this together. Should be a lot of fun!
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    This sounds like fun! I can do the first or second weekend, but my big glitch is transportation....is anyone coming down through the Merrimack Valley, MA area (rte 93/495 interchange) that I could catch a ride with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackmom View Post
    This sounds like fun! I can do the first or second weekend, but my big glitch is transportation....is anyone coming down through the Merrimack Valley, MA area (rte 93/495 interchange) that I could catch a ride with?
    Alison, assuming I can make it myself to this, I can pick you up as I go by coming down from Maine.
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    In June I can do 6/5, 6/12 (maybe) and 6/18. Remember that 6/19 is the Sunrise Drive. But, it sounds like Mark would be out if it were 6/18.

    Can we focus on 6/5? I would prefer 6/5 since my son is getting married on 6/11 and I am sure I will have things to do and airport runs on 6/12.
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