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New Meetup: Thompson Island Treks: Salt Marsh @ Boston Harbor Islands

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, June 11, 2010 10:04 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Thompson Island Treks: Salt Marsh @ Boston Harbor Islands

When: Sunday, June 27,[masked]:30 AM

Boston Marriott Long Wharf
296 State St
Boston, MA 02109

Take the 11:30 am Long Wharf - Boston ferry to Spectacle Island, where we'll all transfer to a Thompson Island boat at 12:45pm for this tour of Thompson Island. We'll return to Spectacle around 3:00pm, the website says. You can take the 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm Spectacle Island ferry back to Boston. (Summer 2010 Ferry Schedule: ).

We might want to arrive at 11:00 am to catch the ferry in case the line to purchase or pick up tickets from the ticket booth on the docks of Christopher Columbus park is a bit long.

I wonder if we can have the Park Rangers squeeze us in for a quick tour of Spectacle Island after the Thompson Island trek?

Darn it all! Jasper White's Summer Shack is sponsoring a Hot Dog Eating contest on Spectacle Island at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm that day. We'll miss it...

T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

From the Boston Harbor Island Site:

"Visit beautiful Thompson Island and explore the salt marshes with a park ranger.

"After a brief boat ride from Spectacle Island to Thompson, the tour contrasts a classic New England salt marsh and a newly 'restored' salt marsh that is giving home to a great diversity of plant and animal life.

"Thompson's rolling hills and meadows also give clues to a past that includes a Native American trading post, a 19th century farm school, and America's first high school marching band".

Price: Free, except for the shuttle ride to Spectacle Island (which is $14.00 round trip)
Duration: 2 Hrs 15 Minutes

... Oh, yeah... by the way? Bring bug spray. We are hiking on trails through a marsh.

Where to Meet:

We can meet on the docks after buying / picking up our ferry ticket to Spectacle Island. At the Spectacle Island Visitors Center, they have a lunch counter we can grab something to eat. We all can hop on the Thompson Island Shuttle at 12:45 pm.

Purchasing Tickets:

You can purchase the $14.00 round-trip tickets online from and just check in at the ticket booth to pick them up, or buy them at the ticket booth.

Program Contact Information:

Park Ranger
[address removed]
work (617)[masked]

Getting To Spectacle Island:

From Boston, MA:
66 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

You catch the ferry near Christopher Columbus Park next to the Long Wharf Marriott. It's the side of the Long Wharf Marriott hotel opposite of Legal Seafoods/ New England Aquarium.

Parking: "Garage parking is available near Long Wharf for about $25 per day. (On-street parking is free on Sundays, though finding a space is difficult)".

Summer 2010 schedule (starts June 19, 2010):

Sundays: Boston Harbor to Spectacle: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 am.

About Spectacle Island:

"Just 15 minutes from downtown Boston, Spectacle Island is for hiking, swimming, boating, and learning. Stop in at a ?green? visitor center with exhibits about the history and evolution of the island. Go swimming on a sandy beach (one of the few on the islands) supervised by trained lifeguards. Take in panoramic views of the harbor and city from the tallest hill on the Boston Harbor Islands.

"Spectacle Island has toilet facilities and drinking water. Its marina makes it a popular destination for boaters, who use the island as a starting place for other island exploration. And groups use Spectacle Island as a great place to host events".

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About Thompson Island:

"Thompson Island is all about groups, whether they?re building teams, testing their limits, or attending a wedding, conference, or other event. Here you?ll find Thompson Island Outward Bound, a non-profit educational organization that puts people in fun, challenging situations to help develop teamwork, compassion, and confidence. Activities include sailing, ropes courses, leadership training, and environmental exploration.

"Individuals may visit Thompson Island on summer Sundays. Explore on your own or take a ranger-led tour. Boats leave from the EDIC Dock in South Boston connecting to Thompson and Spectacle Islands (cash fare only). Visit them both for a two-island adventure. Thompson Island Conference Center offers catered clambakes, company outings, parties, weddings, and meetings".

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