During the height of the pandemic in 2020, I wanted to find areas of nature, where I could get away from the crowded city. I noticed there was a beautiful sanctuary, Hall's Pond, across from Hawes Street (a station on the C Line - Green Line). At the time, I didn't feel comfortable on public transit, due to COVID, so I would walk to and from my apartment to Hall's Pond.
Then, in February of 2021, I got more comfortable and decided to find other areas of nature on the subway. I finished all the subway stations in May of 2021, the commuter rail stations in February of 2022 and the buses and ferries in May of 2022. 411 different stations/buses/ferries. What started off as a bucket list item and an escape from being bullied, harassed and retaliated against by management at my subsidized housing, expanded into a travel book on the MBTA for all to enjoy and a travel consulting business.
My audience includes those who love to travel and explore, but don't drive (or want to leave their car at home) and/or are disabled (like myself). I walk with a forearm crutch, so I made sure to find places where myself and others could go, within walking distance of the station/bus/ferry.
A series of travel guides on the MBTA - "Take Transit To Travel: MBTA" will be published soon. (Release date to be determined.) I share where people can go out to eat, shop, find nature, historical and educational sites, dog parks, playgrounds, and more! Being a sociologist, it was important to support local businesses.
Scroll down to see a few of my favorites!
I took the Worcester Line to Southborough. I walked along Route 85 into Hopkington. I went to Hopkington State Park and rented a pedal boat. I pedaled out to Bacon Island.
I took the D Line (Green Line) to Eliot and walked to Echo Bridge. It looked like something out of Harry Potter! And the fact that I could walk on the top of the bridge was so cool!
I took the 441 bus from Wonderland to Marblehead, MA. It's one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Massachusetts. I loved the ocean views (especially because it was foggy), quaint shops and the historical Fort Sewall. Sometimes the bus reads 441/442 or 442, depending on when you take it. All three go to Marblehead.
I took the Hingham/Hull ferry from Long Wharf North to Hingham. Then I took the 714 bus to Nantasket Beach in Hull.
This meal was memorable. I got Salmon, Pineapple Rice, Cranberry Basil Coleslaw, Pico de Gallo and Guacamole at The Raven's Nest in Walpole, MA. Minutes from the Walpole Commuter Rail station! You can also get there via the 34E bus.
I took the 226 bus from Braintree to Washington St @ Winter Ct. and walked a few minutes up the street to go to my most favorite hike ever! Cavern Rock Park in Weymouth, MA. It's a 0.7 mile moderate hike, because of steep rocks, elevation, etc.