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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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Walpole Town Forest Boardwalk

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The boardwalk! All finished

Walpole has an extensive town forest system, one section quite well known and well traveled since it abuts the town high school on Common Street.

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Last fall, under construction

But another section of the forest (the East Section) is on the east side of Washington Street, with parking on South Street. Continue reading

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Cochituate Rail Trail, Natick

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Great views of Cochituate Reservoir from the undeveloped section of the Cochituate railtrail

In the process of updating my second book, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, I headed to Natick with some hiking buddies to see what I could find of the Cochituate Rail Trail. Turns out, the section we found is rather short, less than a quarter of a mile in length, but has some great views of Lake Cochituate. Continue reading

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Ice opening up-spring is coming

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Beautiful view of Trolley Crossing Farm in Bellingham, from the SNETT

What a strange winter we have had in southern New England. Snow (expected) followed quickly by rain (not so nice) since the rain turned everything into heavy, ice-filled landscape. And then we received almost fourteen inches of snow overnight–a joy to see, but it was so deep (for me) and soon crusted over. Thoughts of outings in deep, crusty snow were not very appealing for me, and those of us who have balance issues. Continue reading

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Snowy-icy trails in winter

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Fun at the Franklin Sculpture park

Time with energetic grands during February vacation means trying to figure out where to head outdoors where kids will have fun and Grandma will not break her neck! The sun was shining, we’d grabbed a quick lunch, then headed right around the corner to the Sculpture Park in Franklin. Continue reading

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Snowy Owls in Winter

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Snowy owl posing atop the Sachuest visitor center

We have seen snowy owls at Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge in years past, but this year was a little over the top in making it easy for us to view the winter resident. As we drove up to the Refuge, we saw a line of cars parked, with people standing all over the parking lot. Right at the crest of the visitor’s center building, the snowy posed, in clear view. At Sachuest in February, it’s all about the owls. Continue reading

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Winter Walking-St. Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester

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Liz (on the left) chats with St. Vincent’s staff prior to the start of the program

My friend Liz Myska is a force of nature, some folks say. She makes friends wherever she goes, and is amazing in her ability to persuade others to help with her great ideas. Five years ago, she wanted to combine offering a safe place to walk in the winter with an opportunity for her and her other visually impaired friends to help people in the community learn how to better assist those around them who are visually impaired. Five years later, her winter walking program continues. These winter walks have all taken place at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester, taking advantage of their amazing, three story atrium, complete with a three story waterfall, live trees, flowers in season, and comfortable seating near the waterfall. Continue reading

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