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Happy Anniversary, Bellingham Library Writing Group

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Cake with sprinkles!

“We should have cake,” I suggested. Carol, one of our long-time members, said, “Sure,” while Amy, my co-leader said to Carol, “What about your Depression era cake?” And so a party was organized, just like that, in celebration of our writer’s group meeting together for the past two years.  Continue reading

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Adaptive Biking again–Blackstone in May

Volunteer groupLast year we had one opportunity to participate in an adaptive biking program in the Blackstone Valley. Thanks to the generosity of the MADCR Universal Access Program, which funded these rides, 5 different dates in May 2019 have been made available to area residents who might want to take advantage of getting out on a bike regardless of one’s capabilities. Registration is required. To register for the remaining rides in May, call 413-584-2052. Continue reading

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Long Lake Littleton Conservation Area

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On the southern shore of Long Lake, LIttleton, MA, as spring is bursting forth

Yes, it’s been raining in Massachusetts (and in other locations in the eastern and midwest states). And yes, trails are pretty muddy in many spots.

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One of the smaller puddles we encountered–others simply required bushwhacking around the trail to get by the water in the trail

Still, on an overcast afternoon, as we explored a neighborhood on the south side of Long Lake in Littleton, we came across a lovely network of trails called Long Lake Park that provide access to some wonderful views of Long Lake in Littleton. Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle–Adaptive Biking in Worcester

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What an adventure!

I love riding our adaptive tandem. But I also love spending time with lots of folks who may be getting a chance to experience riding a bike for the first time in their lives. Last year a number of us were able to participate in the adaptive cycling program offered at the Blackstone Bikeway, but this year, thanks go to the MADCR’s Universal Access program,  which provided funds for not one, but five separate adaptive biking events, offered in Worcester and Blackstone, MA. Continue reading

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Pegan Hill, Natick, Easy Walk to Amazing Views

 

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View north toward Mount WAchusett and the Monadnocks, from meadow below Pegan Hill

Pegan Hill in Natick, MA has been on my radar for some time, and as I work to wrap up the updates to More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, I had hoped to visit here to decide if it did, indeed, fit my criteria for offering visitors an Easy Walk. Life events continued to thwart my intention, but finally the day dawned bright and sunny, my best walking buddy was available, and we headed over to walk the trails and see what was there. Continue reading

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Easy Walks goes to Tennessee: Stones River Greenway

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Crossing the Stones River on the Stones River Greenway,near Cason Park, Murfreesboro

We left grandchildren and headed toward Nashville to fly back home to Massachusetts, but on our way to the airport spotted a railtrail on the map, quite near the highway off Rt. 24 in Murfreesboro. In short order we found a large parking area at the Cason entrance to the Stones River Greenway. We had little time, but it was great to get out and stretch in the sunshine before getting back on a plane to return home. Continue reading

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Easy Walks Goes to Tennessee

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Dogwood in bloom throughout the woods in Tennessee right now

We have grandboys in Tennessee, north of Chattanooga, and so we visit as often as we can to enjoy boys on the farm. But while there. we look for easy walks that grandboys can participate in with us. Continue reading

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Finding Easy Walks–Delaware Water Gap

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Delaware river with mountains on either side of the river

When we got to the Delaware Water Gap, I was surprised to learn that it is so much more than a spot where the Delaware River cuts between a mountain range. In fact, for about thirty miles, on both sides of the river, the Water Gap is actually a National Recreation Area. Continue reading

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Cape May, NJ, Easy Walks to See Birds!

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Marshlands of Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, NJ is renowned in the birding world as a hotspot for birding in the spring and fall. We had the chance to get there a wee bit early, but found plenty to see, with less crowded roads and trails while we were there. Similar in feel to Cape Cod, the landscape is coastal, with lot of sand, dunes, and houses built close together. Main Street offers scads of tiny shops to tempt tourists, and built up areas of hotels for seasonal visitors. We spotted the obligatory mini-golf spot as well. Continue reading

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

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Boardwalk invites visitors to venture out over the waterway at the refuge

While we usually focus on trails in Massachusetts and nearby New England States, when we venture out of the area, it is a joy to discover not only new places, but an outdoor refuge close to where we were staying in the Philadelphia area. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is a truly urban refuge, but the number of birds we saw in this place don’t seem bothered by the noise of Rt. 95, which borders the refuge, nor the sight of multiple planes taking off within sight of the refuge as well. Continue reading

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