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Leaf peeping in the Berkshires

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Stream flowing out of Riga Lake

We headed out the Masspike this past weekend, hoping to avoid the leaf peepers of Vermont and New Hampshire, and indeed, the traffic was surprisingly light this past weekend. So light that we just kept going, much farther west than we originally planned. We ended up all the way in the Great Barrington area, crossed into Connecticut and got some great views. Continue reading

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Along the Blackstone River-Woonsocket, RI

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Along the Blackstone River in Woonsocket, near the MA border. On the left is a remnant of the Blackstone Canal

I had heard of a new section of railtrail at Coldspring Park, off Harris Avenue in Woonsocket, but last we looked, it was not obvious where the trail might be. When we stopped by today, it was easy to find the trail, and quite easy to walk alongside the river for about a half mile, all the way to the Massachusetts line. Continue reading

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Foliage Season–Silver Lake is Glowing

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Bright colors light up on a sunny morning at the lake

Bellingham’s Silver Lake features an island in the middle of the lake, a perfect backdrop for foliage viewing. Continue reading

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Fall Rains Leave Their Mark–Full Rivers, Multitudes of Mushrooms

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In the midst of the rushing waters of the Blackstone River, a small maple holds on, displaying its fall color, regardless

We have had an unusually wet fall already, and the local rivers are showing the effects. Most rivers we drive by are high. On a recent bike ride along the Blackstone River Bikeway, when we came to the Pratt Dam in Cumberland, RI, Continue reading

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Upcoming Make Your Own Storybook Walk, Rice Reservation, Westwood

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Fall is coming–encountering fall leaves along the trail at Rice Reservation in Westwood

It really helps, when leading a group of folks, to have some idea of where you are leading them! While not always possible, it allows us to flounder about, make mistakes with smaller audiences, and figure out strategies in a more relaxed manner.

And so I stopped by First Baptist Church in Westwood, MA, 808 High Street (Rt. 109) which is blessed with access to a portion of the Lyman Pond/Rice Reservation property, right out the back door from the church parking area. We have planned a “Make Your Own Storybook” walk there Oct. 21, 12:45, right after church. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, please call the church office 781-461-1730 or contact Pastor Christine christinekeddy616@gmail.com  Continue reading

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Charles River headwaters, seen from Echo Trail, Hopkinton

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Echo Lake, headwaters of the Charles River

Many of us are familiar with the Charles River, and if you have been to Boston, you probably have driven over, walked alongside, or simply understand that the Charles divides Boston and Cambridge. But the Upper Charles is another matter. Echo Lake in Hopkinton is the headwaters. But where is it? And how can you see it? One of the newest trails in Hopkinton makes getting views of Echo Lake much easier, and even has a small parking lot to accommodate visitors. Continue reading

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Make Your Own Storybook Goes to Foxfire Farm

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A beautiful setting to create a story

The overcast day offered cool temps, no wind, and a wonderful setting to host the most recent, “Make  Your Own Storybook” walk. I have begun to think of these events as more “walk-abouts” than hikes. We never know what may happen, what we might see along the way, and how the children and parents and volunteers will interact with each other. We have no particular goal in mind, and no certain destination. Continue reading

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Gros Morne, the mountain, Western Newfoundland

 

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Gros Morne, next to a river flowing underneath it, headed to the sea

Gros Morne, part of the Long Range mountains, is what many people come to see and to climb at this amazing Canadian national park. The rock face towers over the town of Norris Point. Continue reading

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Rivers, streams, waterfalls and geology of Gros Morne, Newfoundland

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The stark tablelands, juxtaposed against the green of surrounding landscape

We went to Gros Morne National Park on the western side of  Newfoundland, to escape the heat, (success!) but came away humbled by the geology. Mountains right on the edge of the shoreline, rocks telling the stories of the ages, and ground that is toxic to life, directly next to green hillsides.  Continue reading

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Exploring Western NewFoundland, Gros Morne National Park

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In the fjord, Western Brook Pond

Western Brook Pond at Gros Morne National Park in western NewFoundland is an inland fjord, magnificent for many reasons. Pristine waters, steep cliffs on both sides of the “pond” (we would call it a lake) and waterfalls at every turn wow visitors as the cascades thunder down the sides of the cliffs into the waterway. Continue reading

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