I last wrote about Rock House in November of 2014. On that day, we went for a long hike in the rain. This time around, it was a shorter hike, but the weather was much more pleasant.
I started the day by pitching in at a town cleanup of a vacant lot, and spent several hours doing the kind of physical labor I went into engineering explicitly to avoid. So while we still wanted to hike, I wanted something a little less taxing. We picked Rock House because we know the trails well (map here), it was close, and we knew we could do a shorter loop and still get some fall scenery in.
We started by hiking up the hill on the red “inner loop” trail towards Carter Pond.
There we paused and took pictures of the stunning foliage reflected in the still water.
From there, we picked up the Outer Loop trail and took it around the property. We’ve done these trails several times in the past so it was a relaxing hike, with frequent pauses to admire the foliage. As is always the case on our Saturdate hikes, it gave us a chance to catch up on topics both serious and frivolous without the impatient ears of a seven-year-old.
It was a short walk in the woods, but a much-needed escape from the hectic pace of life.