Concord, MA


  • Camp at Minuteman Campground in Littleton, MA.  It’s a nice, woodsy campground off route 495. Pool and cooled and heated bath houses that are clean. Nicely sized sites that are semi private and woodsy.


  • Minuteman National Historic Park where the revolutionary war was started.  Hike or bike the 5 mile long Battle Road. See historic markers along the way. You may even meet Paul Revere!
  • Kayak Walden Pond State Reservation – Walden Pond is one of my most favorite places to kayak and swim. Get there before 9:00 am. Bring a bag lunch and a chair too. Kayak this beautiful body of water. It’s deceptively clear water. It’s not unusual to see swimmers in the middle or across the pond. Put your kayak in at the boat launch. Buy a pass first so you do not get ticketed. You can swim off the boat launch too. The only power boat is the life guard. and
  • Hike around Walden Ponds hiking trail. 1.8 miles around plus a detour to Henry Thoreau’s cabin. Off the path are little paths leading down to the water. People arrive early to claim these little, private water access points for the day. You’ll see them as you paddle around in your kayak. and
  • Kayak the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. Access the boat launch on Lowell Road where it crosses the Concord River. Drive down the ramp, unload your kayak and stuff. Go back up and park on the street and walk back down and launch your kayak. Turn right and go down the Concord River   and paddle under the Old North Bridge (shot heard round the world) and into the conservation area as far as you want to go. Turn left at the ramp and see where the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers meet the Concord. Bear left into the Sudbury and paddle up river past beautiful historic bridges and homes. Nice wildlife, usually lots and lots of other paddlers. Lots of places to paddle along these rivers, read about them here:


  • DeCordove Sculpture Park and Museum is a interesting place to spend a few hours exploring.

Salem, NH

  • If you are a ham operator, drive up to Salem, NH and stop in at Ham Radio Outlet aka HRO aka The Candy Store.
  • While in Salem, stop in and tour America’s Stonehenge. As a mysterious place  as you’ll find in New England
  • Eat at T-Bones Great American Eatery – simply good food and a good place for lunch –


  • A little detour is Parkers Maple Barn  in Mason, NH for breakfast or lunch  Every thing maple food wise you can eat here and it’s good.
  • Kimball Farms is a great place for seafood and other tasty treats for lunch and dinner. Leave room for their home made ice cream too. Plus lots of things to do here and the occasional car show too.   Great place for kids too with water boats, mini golf and much more.