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      Ride the Essex Steam Train . . . Hike to Gillette Castle! in Cambridge

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      June 19, 2010

      Saturday   9:45 AM

      5 Cambridge Center in Cambridge
      Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

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      Ride the Essex Steam Train . . . Hike to Gillette Castle!

      Roadtrip, lets go outdoors, take a Steam Train, a ferry, hike a lil' bit and see what Connecticut would look like a thousand years ago! If you can't believe you're gonna do all this in one day -- READ ON. For outdoor enthusiasts! The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat offers a unique hiking experience to Gillette Castle, home of the late William Gillette, famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Gillette Castle Connection (train) hikers enjoy a 30-minute train ride through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Then passengers detrain at the Ferry Road flagstop for a short hike to the Chester Ferry. The Ferry transports hikers to the base of Gillette Castle State Park, in Hadlyme, for a hike up a hill of moderately graded trails to one of Connecticut's most famous destinations. The entire trip (train ride / hike to ferry / ferry ride / hike up hill to castle) takes about an hour each way. Total hiking distance is approximately or 3/4 mile roundtrip and the entire trip can be done between 10:30 - 4:30 pm I called the operator at The Essex Steam Rail company and he suggested, for a group, its advised to be there atleast 45 minutes before, to ensure we all get seating (as it�s a limited capacity train) There should be good opportunities for photography enthusiasts. Here's a rough schedule 7:45 AM - We carpool from Boston (no meeting point), we meet directly at The Essex Parking 9:45 AM - arrive at Essex, meetup with all members 10:30 / 11:00 AM - Take Steam Train to Ferry Road, Ferry Ride/Hike to Castle Around 12:30 PM -Lunch @Castle 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Castle Tour / Activities 3:30 - 4:30 PM - Back to Essex on Steam Train 4:30 - 6:30 PM - Just stroll around the area (connecticut river valley), we�ll figure out what to do :) 6:30 PM - 8 PM - Wine & Dine 8:00 PM -10 PM - Drive back to Boston Costs Steam Train & Boat Ride - 26$ Castle Tour - 5$ And of course lunch and dinner Address & Contact Info of Tour purchase ticket online The Valley Railroad Company � One Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT 06426 Phone: [masked]

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