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For the Love of Labyrinth — Christine’s Writing Experience

Christine Doyle has been writing for the Bellingham Bulletin, as well as for herself on her blog, and she shared this story with our local writing group. She combines a yearning for adventure with a winsome sense of humor I think you will enjoy. Come take an “Easy Walk” with Christine through some local labyrinths.

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I walked my first labyrinth this past May when my family and I had visited Heritage Gardens in Sandwich, MA. “A maze!” I exclaimed to my family, but my daughter quickly corrected me, “It’s a labyrinth.” A maze is a complex series of pathways with many choices needed to be made to find a way […]

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by | December 11, 2019 · 3:23 pm

Historical Walk at High Street–one small part of the 300th Anniversary celebration

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Gathering at the trail kiosk at High Street before we headed out

The town of Bellingham was founded in 1719, and all year we have been hosting events throughout town to fit all sorts of folks’ interests as we celebrate the 300th year since the town’s founding. Early settlers who were instrumental in the founding of the town were the Baptists, and it turns out the first Baptist meeting house was on High Street.

We are also in the process of writing the book celebrating the town’s founding, which will be out next spring. In researching the book we learned a lot about the town and it’s earlier days. We will be sharing lots of that information in the soon-to-be published book, but during our walk at High Street we drew on that knowledge to help folks get a better picture of Bellingham in days gone by. Continue reading

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New Storywalk® in Foxboro

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Celebrating the completion of the YMCA in Foxboro’s Storywalk®

My friend Nicole is a force of nature when it comes to getting things done and encouraging folks to get outdoors. A part-time employee at the Y, she worked recently with the Hockomock Invensys Foxboro YMCA, as well as several other funding agencies to create a Storywalk® on the grounds of the YMCA off Mechanic Street in Foxboro, MA. Continue reading

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Lane Homestead, Foxboro Foliage

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Heading out to one of the points, taking in the view of the dam that created the Neponset Reservoir

The Lane Homestead in Foxboro has become a lovely spot to visit, thanks to the efforts of the Foxboro Conservation Commission and corporate donations. Parking is now easily available (except during Gillette Stadium events, when the lot is closed), Continue reading

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An Easy Walk Along a River–Stillwater Scenic Trail, Smithfield, RI

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A canopy of color greeted us on this easy walk alongside the Stillwater River

It’s getting too cool for us to venture out on our bike as fall settles in, so we headed out to explore to find a place to take in the foliage. Fall leaves have clung to their branches long past when we thought they’d be all gone. Our first stop had a huge public event going on, so we headed on our way and came across Stillwater Scenic Trail, in Smithfield RI. Continue reading

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Blackstone River in Blackstone, Fall Foliage

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Brilliant fall colors brighten the scenery next to the Blackstone River

What fun to bring a friend to the Blackstone Greenway who had never seen the views from all the bridges on this railtrail before. Depending on where you start (and construction keeps changing this) there are about eight bridges on this section of railtrail from Blackstone to Millville. Granted, several of the bridges transport you over roads, but that simply means you have less to worry about as you walk or bike–very few grade crossings exist on this trail. Continue reading

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Fall is here! Foliage in the Blackstone River Watershed

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Blackstone River and stone arch bridge from the tow path of River Bend Farm, Uxbridge

Everywhere we look right now is filled with color. Fleeting, for sure, but when the sun shines, the reds, golds, yellows, pinks and every variation of these bright fall colors fill the woods, and cover the trees along the banks of local ponds and rivers. Continue reading

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Fall at Acadia National Park

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Sunrise in Acadia National Park

We expected to have smaller crowds at Acadia National Park when we visited at the end of September. We saw hints of color on our drive north, and spotted lots of small splashes of color during our week’s visit, but were not prepared for the massive number of people who gathered in the most popular spots (Otter Cliffs, Sand Beach, and Jordan Pond). Continue reading

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Adaptive Kayaking at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester

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Launching the first group off into Lake Quinsigamond

The rule, when working with folks with special needs, whether elderly, those with cognitive or physical disabilities, or any other special needs, is to be ready to adapt. The Adaptive Kayaking program the Blackstone Heritage Corridor planned with their partners, All Out Adventures, was scheduled for this fall at Wallum Lake, Douglas. The four sessions planned began in Douglas. Then Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) reared its head and the town of Douglas, along with many other towns in Massachusetts, was considered to be under critical threat of people contracting the serious, even fatal disease. Continue reading

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Easy Walks ventures to the Lehigh Gorge, Pennsylvania

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Mountains, river, trains, railtrail, and canal remnants at Lehigh Gorge State Park

We took a long weekend to visit Lehigh Gorge State Park. The gorge was created by the Lehigh River. Like the Blackstone River Canal in New England, the Lehigh Canal was built in the early 1800s through the gorge next to the river to facilitate transportation of goods. Continue reading

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