Please note: At the present time more and more outdoor trail systems are closing due to heedless visitors who are ignoring protocols for maintaining safe distances from others, in this time of extreme concern due to the corona virus. I share these posts in the hope of encouraging others to get outdoors and appreciate nearby trails, and all they have to offer. If you see parking lots filled with cars at your intended destination, please leave immediately and seek out other places, or simply content yourself with a walk around your own block. The life you save by being mindful at this time may be your own. MTH
A perfect spot to sit and rest awhile along the trail
Mercy Woods in Cumberland, RI is a new property added recently to the Cumbland Land Trust outdoor spaces open to the public. 229 acres of open space with trails offers a great option for visitors to explore the trails. The trails are well-marked, wide, and relatively smooth. The landscape is hilly, and the trails offer a lot of elevation change. Continue reading
Along the Blackstone Bikeway
Yesterday was overcast, threatening rain, but we ventured out with raincoats at the ready in case we encountered downpours. Because of the weather, we stayed close to home rather than drive a long ways, only to find ourselves rained out.
The Blackstone River Bikeway is only a few miles away, just over the border into Rhode Island. I particularly enjoy seeing the river as we ride. Oftentimes the Blackstone Canal is directly next to the trail, the river on the other side of the bike path. I have fun trying to figure out where the original tow path was. As we ride I wonder what parts of the tow path are preserved underneath the tarmac of the present-day bike path, and where the trail planners moved the pavement to better accommodate bike traffic.
When we come to scenic spots we stop to look around and enjoy the view. We always look for wildlife along the way, birds being the most common form of wildlife we encounter. Continue reading