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Family Group Biking–Upper Charles Trail, Holliston

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Hanging out, taking a break before getting back on the trail

Now that our grandkids are getting bigger, we are able to join them (with their parents) on the trail with their bikes. Well, our ten-year old pedals her own bike herself, and her brother rides along behind his mom on his tag along bike. Continue reading

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2019 Mass Walking Tour is Off and Walking

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The Massachusetts Walking tour and friends ready to set off

What a beautiful bright, sunny morning greeted our musicians as they set off at the start of the 2019 edition of the Massachusetts Walking Tour. Continue reading

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Easy Walks, No Ice–Holliston Rail Trail and SNETT in Bellingham

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Enjoying the story walk along the HOlliston Upper Charles Trail

While we have had some snow already, the trails at the moment are ice-free. The past several days we have been able to get out on our local rail trails with no boots needed. The Holliston section of the Upper Charles Trail is packed stone dust, as is the Bellingham section of the SNETT,  from Center St. to Lake Street and over to Prospect Street, which some folks may think is not quite finished. What I  have learned is that the crushed stone dust surface is much easier on my feet than pavement. I can wear sneakers or street shoes and be quite comfortable. The trails are clearly marked, and while not crowded when we visited, both trails had plenty of other walkers also using the paths. 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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8 Arch bridge is open–Holliston Upper Charles Trail

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Newly renovated 8 arch bridge, and Bogastow Brook

It’s been a long time in the making, but the 8 arch bridge in Holliston, a key link in the Upper Charles Trail in Holliston, is (mostly) finished, and is safe for travelers to use. Continue reading

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Making Friends Along the Trail

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Liz Harkins with Mike Spurling, her crack camera crew, stop for just a moment so I could get their picture

I met Liz last year when we were publicizing the Massachusetts Walking Tour, which came through Milford on its tour of the Blackstone Valley and nearby towns. She works for the Milford Cable TV station and conducted an interview with the folks of the Walking Tour, and with me as well.

She got really excited when she learned about the Easy Walks in Massachusetts trail books I author. We kept talking about doing some kind of video taping along the trail to help publicize my books and to help viewers understand what a gift we have right in our own backyards in this area. Continue reading

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Preview of the Walking Tour

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Goat Hill, Uxbridge, just one gorgeous spot along the trail

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The stone bridge over the Blackstone River, inspiration for this year’s wonderful publicity poster

Have you ever worked on a project for a long time and finally see it all coming together? If so, you can imagine our excitement as the beginning of the Massachusetts Walking Tour nears. http://masswalkingtour.org/ I met with the founders, Mark and Raianne, last summer at Booklover’s Gourmet Café in Webster http://www.er3.com/book/ to talk about how this year’s tour might work, how they might use the Easy Walks in Massachusetts book series to help them plan out their route, and how best we could work together. Very soon, they will hit the road, and I’ll join them as often as I can manage. Continue reading

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Getting out the Word About the MA Walking Tour–Milford, MA

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David gets some practice in sharing postcards for the Massachusetts Walking Tour

My grandson was available to join me today as we headed to Milford to hand out posters and postcards, encouraging folks to join us for the upcoming Massachusetts Walking Tour http://masswalkingtour.org/ David climbed aboard and off we went to let the folks in Milford know of the fun event that is about to happen in their town. Continue reading

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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

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

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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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