True mountaineers don't need to know the difference between Beacon Street, Beale Street, Bleeker Street and Bourbon Street. We'd rather be in the woods than in a city. Alas, cities are where people work and visit and do all the things people do in cities.
That probably explains why the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is headquartered -- and has been for 90 years -- on Beacon Hill's Joy Street (just off Beacon Street) in Boston.
Perhaps the AMC offices are located on Beacon Hill because it is cruelly inaccessible by car. Sure, you can drive by. You'll even see parked cars. But no one will tell you those cars are merely decoys. Traps to lure outsiders to try to park illegally so that Boston can garner fines to pay for its zillions of miles of leaky tunnels. Wicked smart, huh?
Hikers will be delighted to make the steep trek from actual parking garages ($24/hour is cheap) to 5 Joy Street. If I can make it, so can you ... or your grandfather.
Once you're there, I expect you'll be treated as royally as Suzannah and I were.
AMC is an organization worthy of your volunteer hours, your donations and your support.
Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Hiking Gear, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
Maine Appalachian Trail Club's 2015 Spring Meeting in Lewiston, ME, was a time to meet new & old friends, learn about the Trail and MATC. Enjoy these pix!
Published Oct 1, 2013.
Published Mar 26, 2014.