One day out of the year the Trustees of Reservations have an official open house on Choate Island which is part of the Crane Estate in Ipswich. This year it just so happened to fall on Liza’s birthday and her mom, Mimi, asked us if we would be interested in heading over with her and her husband Skip. We of course said yes to such a cool adventure. They picked the right day for the event with what would normally be a cool, fall day in New England, we were greeted with 80+ degree weather, what a treat!
We met up with Mimi and Skip for a lovely picnic lunch at Crane’s beach complete with chocolate torte that somehow Mimi iced inside of a picnic basket while Liza was turned the other way.
After everyone had eaten their fill, we boarded the shuttle to head over to the boat dock to then take a tender out to the island. Cole of course was thrilled to ride a bus.
We took a fun truck ride to the first house and then walked the rest of the way around the island which is absolutely wonderful.
There are a handful of buildings on the island which on this particular day were open to the public for touring.
There are great paths, roads and beautiful views around every corner.
There was a great barn on the island too. We are not sure where the connection has been made, but anytime Colton is inside of a barn, he asks us, “MamaPapa, can I dance?” Who could say no to to that? So we all danced inside of the barn together.
Updating as we go . . .
Day 1: About Intention Day 2: About Adventure Day 3: Challenge – Community Event (Hayride) Day 4: Challenge – Use Groupon (Daytrip) Day 5: Challenge – Find Event on the Internet (Art Show +) Day 6: Challenge – Head to the Local Fair Day 7: Flashback Friday – Andrew, Liza Day 8: Challenge – Celebrate with Family Day 9: Challenge – Celebrate Your Own Birthday