Get Out There!
I've been super into and inspired by GET OUT THERE, a brand-spankin’-new miniseries at Autostraddle with Lez Backpack that encourages us to explore the heck out of the places we live.
Launched in late October and continuing through the rest of 2015, #GetOutThere challenges us to find new places to eat, drink, be merry, escape, and breathe in the fresh air around us. Find out more here.
Considering this is our final year in Boston (only 214 more days my countdown tells me), these seasons chock-full of lasts are a nice way to really make the best of it, doubly so because our daughter is headed off to college next fall. It's our last time to go apple picking, to leaf peep, to see Maine and Vermont or pop down to NYC on a whim, to pick out a tree for our last white Christmas, to finally melt into spring relief and then summer sweetly on the Cape.
It's our last chance to make sure we don't miss WaterFire Providence, to go sailing down in Newport or on the Harbor, to finally drag our butts out to the Berkshires and drive out to see our friends in Philly and Lancaster, PA. Suddenly it seems impossible to squeeze it all into such a short time!
Better get crackin'. Last weekend we got out there to Wellesley. That Richardsonian Romanesque stone building up there is, unbelievably, their Town Hall (the most famous example of that architecture is the Trinity Church in Boston, the namesake architect's masterpiece), built in Morton Park right around the same time as our 1882 Victorian.
I've driven through town a bunch of times but never really noticed it up there on its little hill, but it's especially striking layered against all the peak foliage.
Morton Park is a pleasant rolling green space with a Duck Pond, little wooden bridges and loads of trees. It isn't very big, but it's perfect for a nice, short walk not too far from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
A trail runs alongside the park as well, one of 14 scattered through town, comprising a whopping 26 miles of marked trails that "interconnect open spaces in different parts of town and shorter woodland trails that explore Wellesley's conservation lands." You could walk it forever if you wanted to! We were happy just to let the ducks and geese follow us around the whole time. Look at how gorgeous the pond is below!
BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN TOWN
I love the idea of playing tourist where you live. Native San Franciscans are notoriously terrible at doing this, but I always loved showing visitors around and uncovering new gems and neighborhoods, starting up activities or hobbies that took me outside of my comfort zone or forced me to visit areas I'd previously avoided (mostly anyplace with too many college students or too many rich people).
Mel of Lez Backpack agrees that local travel should be a bigger deal, and you don't necessarily need to go abroad to find adventure. "These are our communities," she says, "and the local businesses, artists, and creatives thrive with our support."
I'm so obsessed with Uniqlo's flannels this year. The prints are great, and perhaps it's the fact that we're really getting hella fall bang for our buck with temps in the 50s and 60s as far ahead as the eye (or my trusty weather app) can see, but I've been in full femme lumberbabe mode for weeks now. Adding a vintage silk scarf gave me a little extra warmth and a little pop of color, so I've been working more of those into the rotation while we're in this dreamy extended autumn season.
All I know is last week a year ago it DEFINITELY was snowing already, and I'll take it. Who doesn't love a butch/femme shoe photo, especially when standing in an enormous carpet of leaves. Let's get another look at this Town Hall before we go looking for pumpkins.
Checkered Long-Sleeve Flannel Shirt — Uniqlo
AEO Denim x Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging — AEO
'Detroit' Tall Boot — BCBGeneration (similar here)
Silk Scarf — Vera Neumann, vintage
Clubmaster Shades — Cole Haan (similar here for just $17)
Men's 'The Single-Sided Belt' — Everlane
Checkered Long-Sleeve Flannel Shirt — Uniqlo
Before I get back to my cozy fire, I have to share the best part of #GetOutThere with you: the way adorable "passport" stamps you earn when you follow along and complete the weekly challenges! I've definitely earned the first two, and I'm hoping that booze counts for the Local Brew challenge coming up...a friend wants to take us on the Sam Adams brewery tour and this is the perfect excuse to really make it (plus brunch) happen!