Circumnavigating an island is one of the great rewards of kayaking. Reaching the summit of a hill that offers a great view is one of the payoffs of a good hike. This adventure in the Crane Wildlife Refuge offers an opportunity to do both of these things in one outing. We’ll paddle around three islands, the largest of which—Choate (formerly Hog) Island—supports myriad birds and mammals including deer, fisher, coyote, and otter. We’ll land there and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn of the Choate family homestead.
After lunch, we’ll stretch our legs by taking a short hike to the highest point on the island and burial site for Cornelius Crane and his wife, Miné. From this hilltop, we’ll enjoy views of the tide marsh that interconnects all three islands and the historic buildings that sit on them, including the c.1778 Proctor Barn, the c.1725-40 Choate House, and the White Cottage—Cornelius and Miné’s private getaway when they were alive.
A lunch menu (including gluten-free and vegan options) will be emailed to you in advance of the trip.
- Register in advance using the link below.
- For teens/adults ages 15 and older
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