Saugus Iron Tourist
How do you follow up a weekend alone in Maine? A spontaneous camping trip in New Hampshire so you are closer to Vermont for your husband’s horseback test trail ride.
The Old Man’s trip to Mongolia is fast approaching so he and his travel buddy decided to test out their long riding horse skills, camping closer just seemed like a fun idea and a good way to spend a Friday night. Thankfully this camping trip was a bit cooler than the last one we took in July.
While the travelers were horsing around, the dogs and I bummed around Vermont, mostly supercharging, but also hanging out by the river enjoy the warm air and cool water. After the ride we all grabbed lunch at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT, a place chosen thanks to a well placed local who helped us decide where to eat when the three of us couldn’t seem to voice an opinion. At lunch The Old Man sprung on me that while his back held up pretty well he was feeling a bit sore and wanted to just grab our stuff and head home so he could ice his back and sucked down a bunch of ibuprofen. Apparently while his back did great the rest of his out of shape body did not. I was a bit sad that we would miss out on a camping night I knew he was probably right and it was better safe than sorry.
Realizing we need to charge before heading to both the campsite and home we stopped at charger where I decided I should walk the dogs, this was the moment I realized I had left not only the poop bag at the river park, but the dog’s leashes. I am not really sure how one leaves their dog leashes somewhere especially since I know they were laying right next to the car after I dried off the dogs. Thankfully the charger is in a Wal-Mart parking lot and I bought cheap leashes to get the dogs walk and to have on hand until I could order new ones.
Back at the campsite we grabbed our stuff and headed on home to enjoy the joys of heating pads and ice for sore and tired muscles. We were both so tired by the time we got home it was nice to know that we still had one solid day before the work week. Of course being home a day early didn’t stop us from being a bit adventurous. I yell at y’all to get out and explore your own hometowns, so we took my advice and explored our own backyard.
After breakfast at a new diner in Saugus (our favorite closed for vacation) we decided to hit up Saugus Iron Works National Park This totally free park is dog friendly (aside from the museum and visitor building) and pretty darn cool. This place was a bucket list item before we left Boston in 2015, but we never made it. The park is only open May-Oct which makes sense as the majority of it is all outside and means you have to plan when you visit. Well in the sense that if you are moving from Boston in December you are not going to check it off the list. This time we made sure we got there so that we knew no matter what happens in the future we can say we have been there done that.
I am always so amazed when we go places where you can just walk through the buildings and historical buildings. We had so much fun seeing how iron was made in the US and shipped around the world. In a fun fact that the Old Man learned in the museum Saugus was considered the birthplace of the iron and steel industry in America. , The dogs and I chilled out under a tree,Simon was tired and very dramatic about laying down.
We planned on staying for the tour where they go through the whole iron making process even turning on the water powered equipment, but Simon was not having it and in reality it was time for us to get on our way and get some chores done.
I state again hometown adventures can be just as fun and just as surprising as adventures taken far from home. So make those home tourist bucket list and get started. If you stumble across any great hidden gems let me know, I like to have some backup places for any trip we take.