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After more than a solid week of hiking and city walking, this Tuesday was an unintentional yet delightful break from the constant activity. We would leave Boston and take a long, leisurely route to visit friends in western Massachusetts via Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The fall morning in Boston was a perfect 55 degrees. We walked from our hotel to Faneuil Hall where we returned our completed Junior Ranger booklets and earn our badges. Then, it was time to say “goodbye” to our amazing family suite at the Omni Parker House and hit the road again.

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We took I-295 into Rhode Island, stopping at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center for the requisite state sign photo and then proceeded to our only planned point of interest during this quick drive through the Ocean State. The Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in the state, though quite new having been built in 1994.

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Onward and into Connecticut, we finally accepted the back seat’s request to have lunch at a McDonald’s which we found in Killingly.

By early afternoon, we arrived in Ludlow, Massachusetts and met up with friends for trick or treating. I’ll keep that visit private but have to say the timing of this visit which allowed out boys to trick or treat with friends in the middle of a 16-day road trip was absolutely perfect!

Halloween in New England