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Meetup with the Friends of Myles Standish

At the end of October, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Group. I found out about this hike by downloading the app ‘Meetup’. This is where you can follow this group to see all different types of events they hold open to the public. This information can also be accessed online at the meetup website. They have events all throughout the year and I encourage anyone who has been hesitant about exploring natural Plymouth on their own to go with this group to get comfortable with your surroundings and explore new areas right in your own back yard.  We met at 9:00 a.m. and continued on a 7 miles hike around Great South Pond Beach and Pinnacle Hill. This endeavor took us through parts of the Plymouth Town Forest, Wildlands Trust and DCR properties all within the town of Plymouth and all these places were completely new to me.

Living a few towns over my whole life I felt exploring these places was important and what better way to do it than go on an organized hike with people who know this natural space the best. There was a little over 10 of us and two dogs. The hike was well paced, and we could not have asked for a more perfect day. Throughout most of the hike you felt you were in a completely different world and forgot that just a few miles back you started at a point off of the busy Long Pond Road. This is the true value of open space that can’t be put into numbers. Not being able to hear the hectic world that day for at least a few hours is a refreshing change of pace. The whole time I was still in awe that we were in Plymouth and I was also a little shocked that I have never explored these places before and felt like I have been missing out this whole time. On this journey we discussed how there are around 450 ponds located within the town of Plymouth.  We have so many ponds because they were formed from the depressions left in the land surface after the glaciers thousands of years ago. With good conversation and good company exploring natural Plymouth can build your appreciation for your town while finding new friends along the way.

Cooks Pond viewed from the Plymouth Town Forest. Photo by Alissa Young

Great South Pond located in Plymouth. Photo by Alissa Young.

Furry friends who joined us on the hike and enjoyed eachother's company. Photo by Alissa Young.