This is the way [at] World’s End

Wuggs and I spent an unfettered afternoon at the World’s End Sanctuary in Hingham, MA on Saturday.  With miles of easy hiking trails and wide open spaces, it was a lovely and exhilarating way to work off those extra slices of pie from Thanksgiving.  This was Wugg’s first time to experience World’s End and we are looking forward to many returns.

Autumnal Self-Portrait at World's End. No, I'm not pregnant--just dressed in layers.

We packed a simple and healthy late afternoon picnic and–after a reasonable drive from Somerville and a small $5/person entrance fee–we strolled along the shore gathering uniquely shaped rocks for my sister-in-law’s garden and explored the trails along the perimeter of the of “island.”  According to the Trustees of Reservations, this island-turned-peninsula (it was once officially among the many islands in the Boston Harbor) was filled in by colonial farmers and is now part of the mainland.  With plantings and roads planned by Frederick Law Olmstead, it remains an evolving treasure among the Boston Harbor Islands.

The tree-lined paths were a pooch-lover’s paradise with plenty of rolling hills for dogs to play fetch and run free (though technically they are to stay on leashes) while their people also can also enjoy breath taking views of the city skyline and Boston Harbor Islands.

We stayed long enough to experience an early sunset.  I do love autumn, but I am such a winter-phobe.  I did my best to be present and embrace what is left of autumn while also preparing myself for another cold and dead winter.  However, the last few lines of T.S. Eliot’s “Hollow Men” repeated in my mind as the sun set,

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.

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This is the way the day ends at World's End

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