Join Us August 4th
at Breakheart Reservation
This summer take some time to reconnect with the "interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part!" Come join the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team for a walk at the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus on Saturday August 4th !
In keeping with the GSMT's tradition of sponsoring outdoor activities in local woodlands and parks and other open spaces, we'll be embarking on an excursion to the ever popular Breakheart Reservation where we'll see some of the more colorful woodland wildflowers at the height of summer! John Benson and other members of the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team will be our guides.
Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River. This walk will be an excellent introduction to the GSMT's theme this coming Church year: Fresh Water - Wetlands, Rivers, and Ponds!
We'll be on the trail no more than a couple of hours, starting at the headquarters building, walking along a shady paved loop road (the right-hand side of Pine Tops Road), and turn off onto a path that takes us down to the Saugus River Trail, where we will encounter a riverine wetland.
Depending on the time and people's interest, we may then either (1) walk up Pine Tops Road to the Pearce Lake Bathing Beach or (2) return to the headquarters and walk up the lower loop road (Hemlock Road) as far as Silver Lake, for a short hike around a large pond with beautiful scenic views.
For those who wish to car-pool, we will meet at our church parking lot at 9:00 AM. Or, you can drive yourself and meet us at 10 AM at the park headquarters (located at the end of Forest Street, just above the Kasabuski hockey rink). Directions are on Breakheart's website:
And here's a link to a map of the reservation:
What to Bring:
We suggest you wear light-colored "woods-walk" clothing - hats; long-sleeved shirts or summer jackets; long pants; shoes suitable for walking in the woods (no sandals!); and light-colored socks that you can tuck your pant legs. Bring a bottle of insect repellent with "DEET" in it (e.g., Deep-woods "Off" brand) as well as bottled water and a light snack. You may even wish to bring a "brown bag" lunch.
Just like our previous group excursions to Lynn Woods, this walk is not appropriate for infants, toddlers, or small children because we will be using trails where there is uneven terrain with proximity to water and extensive woodlands. All persons under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent or an appointed guardian. And please remember not to wear skirts or delicate "party" clothes!
RSVP: Please let John Benson know if you are planning to join us by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The name "breakheart" can be traced back to the Civil War era, when soldiers training at this isolated location found it so lonely, it broke their hearts.