We finally made it to the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary that we’d tried to get to during the previous week. There are a few pictures from the trails among these holiday snaps (check the captions — some art from the aquarium instead).
We had a fun close encounter with some geese. We watched the big turtles for many minutes as they swam beneath the water among the lilly pads and the as-yet-unidentified fish. We found little treasures, we chased dragonflies, and had a general good time.
When I told the women who were running the sanctuary office where we were from, she mentioned to us that she’d been through our town before and had heard that the place to go for ice cream was The Somerset Creamery. (Their website is currently a placeholder, but you can catch the old website here via the Wayback Machine)
A mere mention of Somerset Creamery was enough for us to work it into our plans for the day. But we were in no rush, so we drove home via the back roads, which is always more interesting than the highway. Always carry a road map. It facilitates adventure.
After returning home we visited the noted ice cream parlor and found a new special flavor; Cherry Garciaparra! The whimsical name evokes both the Red Sox shortstop and the famous Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor,
but it differs from its famous cousin in that it is made with black cherry ice cream rather than vanilla ice cream. [CORRECTION: They are both indeed cherry ice cream. See comments] However it is made, I verified that it is a delicious flavor and I hope it becomes a permanent menu item. I encourage you to give it a try if you’re ever in the area (Route 6 in Somerset, MA near the Venus De Milo restaurant)
A walk in the woods followed by an ice cream cone is indisputably time well spent on summer vacationing.