July 5, 2004

Among Geese and Garciaparra

I never did post an entry about my last day on vacation, so here’s the quick lowdown.

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.

Posted by James at July 5, 2004 11:55 AM
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I haven't had Cherry Garcia in a while, but I remember it being pink. Pink vanilla?

Posted by: Julie at July 5, 2004 2:15 PM


B&J Cherry Garcia is cherry ice cream, not vanilla!

Posted by: Bil at July 5, 2004 3:27 PM

I stand corrected. Cherry Garcia is indeed cherry ice cream. And delicious.

Cherry Garciaparra is much darker cherry-colored, but they are both cherry ice cream.

Now I am hungry.

Posted by: James at July 5, 2004 3:38 PM

Perhaps the difference is in one being black cherry? Talking about ice cream is like dancing about particle physics.

Posted by: James at July 5, 2004 3:42 PM

That's probably it. But I'd be just as happy either way. :)

Posted by: Julie at July 5, 2004 9:35 PM

Same here

Posted by: James at July 5, 2004 9:49 PM

All this talk of ice cream made me go get a strawberry shake at the In N Out Burger. A fast food shake made with real ice cream.

Posted by: briwei at July 6, 2004 3:53 AM

I now have a new favorite ice cream. I'll just grab my car keys...

Posted by: Steve at July 6, 2004 10:20 AM

I wonder if they deliver?

Posted by: James at July 6, 2004 10:42 AM

I am compelled to mention Erickson's Ice Cream on 117 in Maynard. Dee Lish!


Posted by: Patti M. at July 6, 2004 12:56 PM

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