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Staying Near Home-High Street, Bellingham

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Views of the Charles River, from the slope above the river.

The blue sky this morning was so inviting, but between a husband with a sore throat, and family and friends with lots of holiday plans, it was after lunch before I tracked down a friend who could join me on the trail today. Yes, it was clouding over, and yes, the trail was icy, with just a light covering of snow disguising the ice along the trail. But the company was good, the wind of the past several days had died down, and where we needed to turn around we got our reward, which was some nice views of the Upper Charles River as it flows quite near the downtown of Bellingham. Continue reading

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Getting Political–Pearl Street Mill Complex and Charles River Meadowlands

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Alan Earls speaks to area lawmakers and advocates of open space about the possibilities for access to the Upper Charles River in Bellingham

Open space can be a hot button topic since development pressures are immense in this part of eastern Massachusetts, especially right here in Bellingham and Franklin. But there was a lot of interest from local lawmakers who showed up on a recent cold January morning to see what has happened with the removal of a dam on the Charles River in Bellingham, as well as the demolition of the entire Pearl Street Mill complex, which used to straddle the Charles. Continue reading

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Finding Fantastic Foliage

Sculpture Park, Franklin, MA

Sculpture Park, Franklin, MA

When the woods begin filling with color, it’s as though I’ve forgotten this ever happened before. Some view fall as the harbinger of winter, but for me, it is the long-promised relief from the heat of summer. Continue reading

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Recreational Kayaking-Dipping Your Toes into the Water by Renting a Kayak

Heading out on the Charles River in Newton

Heading out on the Charles River in Newton

There are lots of Easy Walks near waterways, but sometimes it’s nice to hop into a boat to explore a little farther from shore. Dip your toe into the water by heading to several places mentioned in this blog post I shared recently as a guest blogger.
http://www.massvacation.com/blog/2015/07/how-to-enjoy-recreational-kayaking-in-massachusetts/

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

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Easy Walks presentation at Milford, MA Public LIbrary

Along the SNETT, Franklin, MA

Along the SNETT, Franklin, MA

Easy Walks have taken me to many woodland spots, rivers, streams, places with views. But this project has also taken me to many local libraries where I’ve found lots of interest in learning about Easy Walks in Massachusetts. Here’s a nicely edited recording of a talk I presented at the Milford, MA Public library recently. [46 minutes] Enjoy!

 

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

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Take ‘Easy Walk’ with Local Author and Historian

Thanks to Chris Bergeron for the great article in the Milford Daily News and the MetroWest News about me and my book, Easy Walks in Massachusetts.
[Linked courtesy of the Milford Daily News]
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20150519/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/150516334/2002/LIFESTYLE

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

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Fall in New England–Taking a walk “right around the corner”

A quiet, family-friendly spot along the Upper Charles Trail

A quiet, family-friendly spot along the Upper Charles Trail

Just one block from downtown Milford, the 'Missing Link' portion of the Upper Charles offers a spot to enjoy the quiet.

Just one block from downtown Milford, the ‘Missing Link’ portion of the Upper Charles offers a spot to enjoy the quiet.

Perhaps it’s the same every year. But this year the leaves seem to be particularly ablaze. I’ve seen maple trees with just the tips of their branches touched with orange. Other maples appear engulfed in fire. We’ve finally gotten some much-needed rain, which didn’t stop us from venturing out on the trail. But since it was wet, a paved railtrail was a good choice this drizzly morning. Continue reading

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Nice Interview About “Easy Walks in Massachusetts” Walking Trails Book

Mark Strom did a great job interviewing me recently about “Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” (Nice photo too, taken next to Louisa Lake, along the Milford Upper Charles Bikeway). Read the article here:

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20140712/NEWS/140718764

Marjorie Turner Hollman

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

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View from the road, the Charles River in Bellingham

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The Charles River appears in unlikely locations in the communities it wends its way through; under busy roads, along small byways, beside and under interstates. Here’s a glimpse of the Charles as it meanders under High Street in Bellingham. In the spring it makes itself known here by flooding the road and making it nearly impassable. In late summer it’s well-behaved, easy to miss unless you make the time to stop and enjoy the viewHigh Street Road view Charles 1.

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

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Exposing the Hidden Charles on the High Street Trail

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The High Street Ball fields in Bellingham, MA appear to simply be a recreation area for organized sports in Bellingham. But when you venture to the back of the fields, you’ll find bat boxes and on the far right you’ll discover an opening in the trees that provides access to trails that will take you to a lovely spot along the Charles River. The path is, for the most part, quite easy walking. The biggest challenge is the mosquitoes. Except in late fall and winter, be prepared to use bug repellent!

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

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