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Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

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View of the ocean from Halibut Point

It’s been a wet couple of days or three or five, but still August, and still pretty warm. We needed to get out, and the North Shore promised some cooler temperatures, so we headed for Cape Ann, destination Halibut Point State Park in Rockport. Continue reading

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First Visit to Caratunk, in Seekonk

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Setting out at Caratunk on a bright summer’s morning

When people see my walking books, they often ask, have you walked all those trails? My answer has always been, “yes!” But this latest book, Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, was different. Continue reading

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Massachusetts Walking Tour 2019, Tenth Anniversary-The Fun Begins!

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In Blackstone at the end of the 2017 walking tour

We partnered in 2017 with the Massachusetts Walking Tour, a group of musicians determined to walk and present free music concerts in every town in Massachusetts. We met lots of wonderful folks, heard great music, and explored a lot of very local trails. While summer is still here, 2018, we are already looking ahead to June, 2019, when the Walking Tour will return to Easy Walks territory.  Continue reading

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Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge-an Explore

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One of many abandoned military bunkers strewn through the woodland of Assabet River National wildlife Refuge

Twenty years ago, the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge was not on our radar. In fact, it was not open to the public. Rather, it was still part of Fort Devens, and used for training purposes. But this 3.5 square mile open space is now open to the public, with a visitor’s center, ponds, wetlands, woodlands, and a whole lot of abandoned military storage bunkers. Sadly for dog lovers, dogs are not welcomed at the refuge. Continue reading

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Stay Cool this Summer–Cooling Aids

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All decked out–cooling scarf, cooling vest w backpack, and extra ice, more cooling scarves and spray mister in the bike panniers.

As much as we love summer for the freedom it allows us to get outdoors for extended periods of time, some of us really struggle with the heat. And some of us find heat to be potentially dangerous, which can end up keeping us isolated indoors. I’m one of those who has always dreaded summer, despite the fact I grew up in south Florida! Even back in the days when I lived in that semi-tropical state, I was not overly fond of sitting out in the sun.

But these days, medical issues have made it so my body has real difficulty with temperature regulation. Continue reading

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A Change of Plans– Derry, Windham, and Salem, NH Railtrails

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View of Hood Pond, at Hood Park, Derry, one of the parking areas for the railtrail

We had planned to explore the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine, south of Portland, but we got started late and Saturday traffic promised to keep us driving, and driving, and driving, instead of getting outside pedaling and exploring on our tandem bike. And so we took a quick detour over to Derry, New Hampshire and found Hood Park, one of the parking areas for the Derry Railtrail.  Continue reading

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Exploring the Assabet River, Maynard, South Acton, MA

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Along the railtrail, with great views of the Assabet River

We headed north a little ways (for us) recently to explore the Assabet River Railtrail. It is lacking only two miles where it stops in Maynard to connect with the older, existing trail that travels through Hudson, MA. Continue reading

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Close ups–bird life and more

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Great blue heron hunting next to Stillwater Scenic Trail, Smithfield, RI

Summer offers a lot of opportunities to get outdoors and simply sit a while to observe what is nearby. Sometimes that means finding wildlife right in your backyard. Other times, if you’re lucky, you spot birds wading just off a bike path, Continue reading

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Fireworks Lakeside

IMG_20180704_215334Summer is a special time at the lake, especially when the 4th of July rolls around. I am not a big fan of fireworks, but just down the street from us offers a front row seat to the best show in town, minus the traffic jam to get home afterwards! Continue reading

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Paddling at Sunset–Silver Lake, Bellingham

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Out on a calm lake near sunset

There is something so magical about being on the water near sunset. my neighbor suggested we get out for a paddle, if it wasn’t too hot for me. Continue reading

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