Outdoor Adventure: Purgatory Chasm

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What time is it? ADVENTURE TIME!

When it comes to outdoor activities, short of sitting in a captain’s chair in the shade for five minutes, I can’t say I enjoy doing them. Really. I hate going outside unless the objective is something edible (walking to the ice cream stand, berry/fruit picking etc). I do, however, really love family activities and one of the most popular one of those around here is a hike through Purgatory Chasm.

 

For those of you unfamiliar with the RI/MA area, Purgatory Chasm is a long valley of rocks and trees of questionable safety that us New Englanders love to take our families, schools, summer camps, church groups, and baby strollers (yes. I’ve seen it), and walk through.

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See that solid ground there? That’s all you get until the end.

Some of the more athletic or fearless folk like my brother will climb the rocks instead of walking on what little ground one can find in the chasm and though I’m pretty sure it’s frowned upon by the reserve, it makes for some awesome photos.

But it’s really not as perilous as I’m making it out to be. Most of the rocks have arranged themselves in a way where it’s never much of a far hop down, and when it is, the rocks have eroded away into a slope so if you’re particularly bad at outdoor outings, you can slide down on your bum.

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It’s safe to say Nikolai does a better job of it than I do.

It’s a great place to visit in the summer in particular because when the weather is super hot, the bottom of the chasm stays cool, so the walk is comfortable and relaxing. As far as climbing over rocks goes, that is.

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Roots are another thing to watch out for!

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This is my favourite rock in the Chasm.

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Maybe someday we’ll pack a lunch and picnic in the rocks.

Mr. Frenchie is much like me when it comes to outside things, save yard work as he’s quite infatuated with caring for our lawn (no complaints!) so while I did full makeup and brand new yoga capris for our hike, he was much more fashionable in his white pants.

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He did wear sneakers

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Sliding down the rocks!

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🙂

So it’s true. We’re not very athletic but thankfully you don’t have to be for this walk.

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Beware of holes!

But you do have to keep your wits about you. I was distracted taking pictures of my two guys and nearly fell victim to this monster of a hole. Not a very far drop, but an uncomfortable one that would probably also cost me a new camera lens. We can’t be having that now.

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Did I mention I’m not athletic?

By the time we reached the end of the chasm, we had two options, Little Purgatory and the Chasm Loop. We picked the loop because it seemed shorter and we were having guests for lunch. However, the loop required us climbing up hills to get to the TOP of the chasm where it was no longer so cool and shady.

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It’s very important to stay hydrated, especially through all that hair

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Nikolai said we were all top notch adventurers!

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Battle Wounds

At the end of the day, we did have a few scratches on the little one, but he conceded that it was okay. After all, Finn the Human gets jacked up adventuring sometimes too.

Do you live in New England? What are some of your favourite outdoor adventuring outings?

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