Saturday, July 24, 2010

Purgatory Chasm

 Purgatory Chasm is one of those places that you hear about a million times, like Spider Gates, if you grow up in Massachusetts - but, for some reason, we've never been before! We've heard so much about it but when we decided to go a couple days ago, we didn't really know what to expect. Even though it's hard, we really try not to make any assumptions (see: Tips for a Successful Adventure) about places we're going to because we don't want to get there and then be disappointed, but...we couldn't help it with this one. We expected it to be kind of boring, a really quick trip, nothing exciting.

And when we got there we were pleasantly surprised! There were tons of cars in the parking lot and we saw people walking by us with legit hiking gear and we knew that it was going to be way better than what we had anticipated. Caitlin was especially excited because she knew she would have another chance to practice and show off her jungle-cat climbing skills.

Even though there were a lot of people there, and lots of kids, we managed to be alone most of the time so that we could explore and, of course, stage photo ops.

Once again, we wish that we brought a lunch because by the time we were done with the "Chasm Loop", we were hungry and tired - but mostly hot because we picked an 85 degree day to do this. Also, there are tons of picnic tables and a gazebo that would have been so cute to have lunch under.

All in all, Purgatory Chasm was a great idea and a great way to spend our midmorning. We would definitely recommend it and I'm sure we'll end up going again.


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  2. Hey, I just found this article looking for places like Purgatory. A couple of friends of mine and I go there all the time. We're pretty interested in the caves that go under the rocks. Did you guys end up going down there? Also, do you know of anywhere fairly local (I'm from Stoughton, right next to Brockton) that's a cool hike/climb like this? Haven't gotten through the rest of your posts yet, so I'll check those out as well. =]

  3. Hey Rik, thanks so much for reading and commenting! We've only been to Purgatory Chasm twice so we pretty much just stuck to the trails and did some exploring in the woods - no caves. We definitely also recommend Wachusett Mountain (you can check out our post on that) and a couple wildlife sanctuaries (we have two posts on those.) If you end up going somewhere we've been, or somewhere new, and have a fun adventure, please let us know! We'd love to hear about it!