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Easy Walks hits the radio waves

Thanks to Wayne Barber, host of WNRI radio’s Author Hour, for hosting me on his radio program/podcast to talk about Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Wayne is an avid outdoorsman, loves spending times in the woods, and had great questions and comments. It’s a brief interview, about 20 minutes, and covers a number of aspects of finding Easy Walks. Take a listen: https://anchor.fm/wayne-barber/episodes/Authors-Hour-September-15–2020-Guest-Marjorie-Turner-Hollman–Robert-Eugene-Perry-ejm68c/a-a37io44

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Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.

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6 “Must haves” on your next trail walk

The whole kit

As “Stay at Home” orders proliferated throughout the U.S. in early 2020, busy Americans who had been everywhere except home suddenly found ourselves in the unaccustomed position of being “stuck at home.” We are a contrary people. Tell us to exercise, and we will persist on being couch potatoes. But tell us we have to stay home, and many of us suddenly can think of nothing we want to do more than to get outside—now! And yet…

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The Upper Charles River at dusk

Upper Charles River, Mellen Street Bridge, Milford, at sunset

We are getting out very little these days hoping to avoid interacting with the Covid-19 virus. We are working from home, and making few social plans. After supper we headed out on a quick errand, and ended up doing a little exploring close to home. As we turned onto Mellen Street, off Grove Street in Bellingham, we hoped to find an access to the Upper Charles River. The sign said, “Bridge Out.” We stopped the car and continued on foot to see how close we might get to the river.

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Book Summary: Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are

Originally posted at: https://booksummaryclub.com/summary-finding-easy-walks-wherever-you-are/ For additional book reviews of lots of other books, https://booksummaryclub.com

For many years Marjorie Turner Hollman has been seeking out Easy Walks throughout southeastern Massachusetts, where she lives. She’s written a series of local trail guides detailing multiple small and larger trails within these areas, and shares helpful information about how to find trail heads, describes trail surfaces and items of interest, indicates where dogs are welcome, and notes how long trails are. Those with mobility issues are her primary audience, but included within that audience are older folks, younger parents with small children, and those recovering from recent injury.

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Overcoming fears…

Friends and family make the impossible, possible

An imagination is a terrible thing to waste; I practice using mine every day. At times well-intentioned people have advised me to “just relax.” If it were so easy, I would have become calm and serene long ago, unruffled as I anticipate life’s challenges.

For the most part, I’ve been surrounded by caring people who have been patient with my timidity, encouraging me, while staying nearby throughout the process of coping with change. Always alert to instances of “creative hand-holding,” I store these memories away, never knowing when they might be of use. Perhaps because of this, I’ve been drawn to beginners, fascinated by the transition from “I can’t” to “Hey, look at me!”

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Staying close to home–visiting Silver Lake with grands

Hanging out at the lake with my girl and grands

Since the beginning of the pandemic this spring, I have seen little of my sweet grands, even though they live in town. We are staying more remote than they have been able to, which has made visits difficult. But outdoor walks alongside Silver Lake work, with all of us wearing masks and walking apart from each other.

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Have a Plan B, exploring in Central MA

Congregational Church, Dudley MA

We headed out to Dudley, MA, planning to park at Nichols College to bike a rural route from there on road. The sun shone bright, we found a spot next to the entrance to the college, and saw next to no one around. Everything was a go, bike all set, extra ice packed, bike tools packed, snacks. And then, the cooling vest didn’t quite work right.

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Early morning ride on the Burrillville Bike Path

Pascoag Reservoir, near the Burrillville bike path

We continue to practice what we tell others they can do to #Avoidcrowds. We packed our bike the night before, including everything we’d need for the morning and got up early to head out first thing. It promised to be a hot, muggy day, and we wanted to avoid the worst of the heat. Our destination was Pascoag, RI, (a village in Burrillville) to a very short paved bike path. Our plan was to start at the Burrillville Bike path, and do some road biking from there.

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After dinner ride, Upper Charles Trail, Holliston

Early evening on the Upper Charles Trail, Holliston

With the start of summer comes the longest days, the most sunlight (and the summer heat, of course). We had an early light dinner and headed out with our adaptive tandem bicycle to one of the closest local trails, the handicapped accessible, stone dust covered, Upper Charles Trail in Holliston, MA. A helpful strategy we have used for avoiding crowded trails is to get out early in the morning, or at supper time, when others are headed home.

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Finding Easy Walks in Rugged Places-Acadia National Park

DSC00184.JPGVisiting Acadia National Park is a balancing act for my family–I need easy walks, while my husband enjoys more challenging trails. But the carriage roads draw us back again and again, providing safe, off road places for us to enjoy riding our tandem bike. Sometimes the weather is simply not conducive for biking–too wet, colder than some of us like for bike riding, or various other reasons.

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