TravelFIT: Berry Picking in Boston

By Melanie Nayer

I love waking up early on a summer morning and going for a walk before the rest of the city wakes. No matter where I am or what my plans are for the day, a quick walk can clear your head, ease your stress and help you breathe a little easier. Quite simply: A walk can cleanse the single woman’s soul. It gives you time to reflect, rejuvenate and, if you’re like me, catch up on all the latest music you’ve downloaded but haven’t listened to on your iPod. Normally, my walks are a product of jetlag, but when I’m home in Boston I find comfort in the calming waters along the Boston Harbor and Storrow Drive.

Thanks to a lull in my travels – a rare but welcome event – I found myself at home in Boston for a few weeks in July. My goal: Get out with my shoes and take a walking tour of Boston! The truebalance 850 challenge has me excited to lace up my shoes in the morning and get walking, but not just because of the exercise. In the three weeks I’ve been wearing the shoes I’ve actually started to notice a change in how my legs look. I have more definition in my calves and thighs, and while I haven’t lost inches I’ve found the definition has given me a new reason to wear shorts.

Armed with a few Saturdays in the city, I decided to branch out and hit the ‘burbs. I grabbed a friend, jumped in the car and drove to Danvers for some fresh fruit picking at Conners Farm. Connors has been a Massachusetts institution since 1904 when the Conners family started farming on the open acres. It began as a “truck farm” meaning that all of the crops were trucked into Boston to be sold wholesale.  Over the years, the Conners family tried to sell corn on their own by creating a small roadside stand on part of the property.  The success of the ‘corn farm’ was so great, the Conners family continued to grow and plant various fruits and vegetables for visitors. Today,  the farm includes 140 acres of corn, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, squash, pumpkins, apples, peaches, cut flowers and more. On this particular day, blueberries and raspberries were ripe and we grabbed our baskets and went out to the fields. We baked in the oppressive Boston heat and when the baskets were sufficiently full, we headed home for some baking of the sweet kind.

At the end of the day, I had burned a sufficient amount of calories, consumed a good amount of fresh baked blueberry cake, and had taken my tennis shoes for a new walk in a familiar destination.

Moral of the story: When you get bored of your surroundings, lace up your shoes and head out for something new in your city. It’s a great way to experience a familiar destination and, if you’re like me, you’ll have something tasty to look forward to in the end.

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Stay up to date with the TravelFIT Challenge:
TravelFIT Challenge: What Drives Your Travel & Fitness Passion?
Week 1: TravelFIT: Santa Monica
Week 2: TravelFIT: What Happens When You Don’t Stretch
Week 3: TravelFIT: Berry Picking in Boston