Splendiferous Natick, Massachusetts


From the outside, Natick (pronounced “NATE-ick”) seems like a basic, regular outlying suburb. Residential streets with cul-de-sacs. Main roads with businesses. Just normal.

But wow: the ponds, lakes, and car-free paths around this area—both paved and unpaved—make it absolutely gorgeous. Today I biked a new-to-me rail-trail (the Cochituate, only three miles long, and recently opened); lounged in an idyllic lakefront swing for about an hour, gazing upon swans swimming and taking flight; and stumbled upon, then savored, at least two more lengthy magical wooded paths.

What a treat.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading in toward Boston, landing in Brookline to stay with a friend of a friend. My Natick hosts have encouraged me to take a longer way than I had planned, in order to experience the leafy Charles River Bike Path. I think that’s a good idea, given that the mercury is forecast to rise to 90 tomorrow.

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