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18 Sep, 2015

A visit to Fort Wellington, but not really

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|travel talk

Sometimes the best little adventures are ones that happen when you divert from the original game plan.

This is what happened when we went to Sandbanks a few weeks ago and decided to explore a new trail instead of just hanging out on the beach all day. It happened when we left our hotel without a dinner reservation. And it also happened during the drive home when we said, HEY, LET’S CHECK OUT A FORT.

Fort Wellington (it’s in Prescott) was on the way so we took a short detour and pulled over.

Bad news: it was closed.
Good news: it didn’t really matter.

We got all of the historical information we needed via our smartphones. All we had to do was imagine the rest. It was a very pleasant, low-pressure, kind of scenario.

Fort Wellington

Fort Wellington

Fort Wellington

Fort Wellington

Fort Wellington

We walked around the exterior of the whole place and when we got to the other side we noticed a little park across the road. So we poked around there too.

The remains of an old dock and a pretty pathway eventually lead to a small lighthouse:

Near Fort Wellington

Near Fort Wellington

Near Fort Wellington

We didn’t realize that we were walking on a former railway yard amid the ghosts of old trains, soldiers, and industry. What remains is just grass, wildflowers, and memories.

Soon it was time to climb back in the car and head for home again. It was a good diversion from our game plan, I think.


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