We didn’t exactly know what to expect when we decided to go to Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA but it far surpassed whatever we could concoct in our heads about what it would be like. Caitlin summed it up well when she said, “Wow, I’ve seen more wildlife in the first 10 minutes than I expected to see all day!” There were trails but no real boundaries so you could pretty much roam free – which is exactly what we love to do. There also weren’t many people there, and no one around us, so we definitely felt like we were alone in the great outdoors.
One of the highlights of the day was definitely “DANGER TRAIL” which really lived up to the name we gave it before we even ventured down it. It was literally off of the beaten path and wasn’t somewhere we were supposed to go, but being the rebels that we are, we had to check it out. We far underestimated the steepness of the hill we would have to walk up as well as the distance to the top. Thankfully our rebel spirit mixed with our curiosity pushed us through when we really just wanted to give up and sit down. When we got all the way to the top, Caitlin discovered a creepy abandoned piano…so of course we had to get a closer look and stage a photo op with it! Emily (our younger sister) stayed at the top of the path and realized that it ran parallel to a closed road and that we had come to the outermost boundary of the sanctuary. Caitlin and I started wondering about what sort of person would dump a piano in a wildlife sanctuary – and how the heck they would accomplish such a task.
Of course, the next logical jump for our minds to make was that a dead body was also dumped up there, which was why the road was closed (for police investigations) and that the psycho killer was hiding up there awaiting his next victims.
We ran down that hill SO FAST – I didn’t think it was even humanly possible. We were vaulting over downed trees and branches and we got to the bottom in, like, 15 seconds. Once the adrenaline wore off and we were a safe distance away from DANGER TRAIL, we realized how exhausted we were…running away from imaginary psycho murderers is probably the best exercise you could get.
Overall, it was an awesome experience and we recommend visiting (although we would advise using the bathroom before you leave the house because the composting black hole toilets are way too scary to actually use.) It even inspired us to adopt the kind of lifestyle we thought fitting of those who frequent wildlife sanctuaries and ate granola bars and apples on the way home.