Sometimes a SouthCoast nature walk is not all it's cracked up to be.

Im not embarrassed to say that I don't like being in the woods for too long. So when my husband said, "Hey, let's go for a hike at this place in Dartmouth that leads to a boardwalk overlooking the marshes and ocean."  I was like, yeah, that sounds nice. I was picturing a walk on this long boardwalk which is pictured on the brochure and on the website for The Little River Boardwalk Trail in Dartmouth. It's also known to the locals as the Frank Knowles Little River Reserve.

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Driving deep into Dartmouth we go and arrive in the crushed beach seashells parking lot of the Frank Knowles-Little River Reserve.  Im excited for a fun and scenic walk and feeling very optimistic as I get out of the car.  I sprayed all of us with insect repellent as it looks like we have a little walk through the woods before getting to the boardwalk.

About 10 minutes into our walk through the woods I start recording...

There are 5 different color coded trails that lead to various places. Of course the one that would eventually lead to the boardwalk I was longing for was a good 6 miles through the woods before we'd get there. I was becoming inpatient. For one, too much time in the woods means more opportunity for ticks and bug bites. I am not cool with that.  Don't get me wrong, this walking/hiking trail is very well kept. At the entrance there were a bunch of postings about the importance of using bug spray and tick repellant. They also have plastic bags to use if you are taking your dog with you, which is helpful. The boys were fine and so was my husband but seeing as I am the only one that was going to cause a fuss, I did just that.  "Let's go back", I am not walking 6 miles just to get to the boardwalk to turn around and walk back through the woods another 6 miles.", I said.


So they laughed at me and I laughed at me too.  When we finally made it back to the parking lot, I was SO happy...