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Harold Parker State Forest Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Harold Parker State Forest

Location: Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover, MA Date: January 25, 2015 Distance: 2.14 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 148 feet Our Hiking Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes roundtrip Trail Blaze: None Difficulty: Easy Trail Map Snow! We’ve looked at grass since Thanksgiving – our only snowstorm until this past weekend. With six inches of fresh powder on the […]

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Harold Parker State Forest

First Hike of 2015 at Harold Parker State Forest

The first hike of the New Year is always an adventure in Massachusetts! Sometimes it’s a snowshoe romp while other times, like this year, there’s not even a flake of snow on the ground. With lots of kids in tow, we headed to one of our favorite local hiking spots – Harold Parker State Forest. […]

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Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Hiking & Drawing at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

With Evan’s open-heart surgery cancelled, Kendra and I have suddenly found ourselves with a lot of unplanned free time this week. Her mom, Jane, flew up here to help take care of Addison and Kate while we were in the hospital, and is with us until January 4th. Having spent the last three weeks in […]

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Hiking West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

Hiking West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

When I resigned from my inner-city high school teaching job in June, I also left behind my position as advisor to the Outdoor Adventures Club. It was not easy for me, but I was elated when Kendra told me she was eager to take the reins and applied for the job. She was officially hired last week – so naturally […]

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Hiking Solo With Toddler Twins

Tips for Tandem-Carrying Kids While Hiking

My new job has meant more time at home with Evan and Kate, so we have been joining my friend Jenn and her daughter Abby on hikes! And so, I have become one with the art of hiking while carrying not one, but two kids! Though I was nervous at first, I’ve gotten accustomed to […]

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Hiking Mt. Pisgah in NC

Hiking Mt. Pisgah in North Carolina

When Kendra and I were first dating, she invited me to drive with her to South Carolina. What she didn’t tell me was that her parents, Jane and Boris, were out of town, and her plan was to get me to go home before they returned. I must have charmed her, because she kept me around […]

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Station Cove Falls Trail South Carolina

Hiking at Oconee Station Cove Falls Trail, Walhalla, SC

Even with gray, drizzly skies, and a forecast of possible thunderstorms, we decided to explore the Oconee Station Cove Falls Trail at South Carolina’s Oconee Station State Historic Site, a former military compound turned trading post less than 30 miles from the Georgia border. The trail begins about a half-mile from the historic site and […]

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Frazier Discovery Trail in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Exploring Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This weekend we started our epic East Coast 2014 summer road trip. Well, epic for two moms, almost one-year-old twins, and a 4-year-old. On Saturday we traveled to Pennsylvania. It was a long day in the car with one mission – trying to get as close as possible to our first destination – Shenandoah National Park. […]

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Hiking at Crane Estate

Hiking at Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

We are not generally beach people, but with crawling twins and a four-year old who loves jumping waves, the beach has become our new hangout. Needless to say, when my friend Jenn suggested a hike at Crane Beach on the Trustees of Reservations’ Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, I thought it would be a fun adventure […]

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Hiking with Babies and Toddlers - The 10 Essentials

Hiking with Babies and Toddlers – The 10 Essentials

Once upon a time, we considered ourselves seasoned hikers. We packed the 10 essentials. We planned ahead. Then we had a baby. When Addie was born, we made some adjustments. The essentials list expanded. We planned even more. We learned a lot during her first three years as we experimented with what we needed and what […]

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