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Snowshoeing on Weir Hill

Adventures in Snowshoeing on Weir Hill

It’s hard to believe we were hiking in shorts and t-shirts just over a week ago, and today we romped with our snowshoes in six inches of snow. We watched the snow fall all day yesterday, hoping for that perfect mix of enough snowfall paired with a sunny post-storm morning. As soon as the kids woke up, they […]

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5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

Last week Kendra and I took 16 kids from our Outdoor Adventure Club canoeing in a local state forest. For most of the kids, it was their first time in a canoe. Like every other time we’ve taken kids canoeing, it was awesome! And thankfully, uneventful. I credit part of our good luck to these […]

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Family Adventure in Ramblewild's Aerial Park

Family Adventure at Ramblewild Aerial Park

These days, it’s not often Kendra and I go on an adventure without our kids. When we told our neighbors we were headed to Ramblewild, an aerial adventure park in Western Massachusetts, they joked that it would be a “marriage building” experience. Little did we know they were right – the three hours we spent helping each […]

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A Small Town Mystery

A Small Town Mystery

A few weeks ago, as the snow finally melted from the sidewalks, we were inspired to find adventure in the everyday by the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge. I started taking the kids on walks around our small town when we couldn’t make it to the trailhead. On our first walk, we found some peculiar graffiti […]

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Snowshoeing in Leominster State Forest

Snowshoeing in Leominster State Forest, Westminster, MA

Location: Leominster State Forest, Westminster, MA Date: February 18, 2015 Distance: 1 mile roundtrip Elevation Gain: 200 feet Our Hiking Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes roundtrip Trail Blaze: White Rectangles Difficulty: Easy Trail Map Freshman year of college I had the best roommate a girl could ask for – Amanda always had my back, and made sure we had invites to […]

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Noble View Snowshoeing

What Urban Teens Think About Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a relatively new adventure for us. Though I had long been interested in the sport, it wasn’t until our students in the Outdoor Adventure Club asked me to take them snowshoeing that I found the time to learn. Two years ago I took a winter training workshop through the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities […]

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JUNO 2015

Juno 2015 Was the Perfect Storm!

Well, winter has finally come to Massachusetts! Juno 2015 brought us over two feet of snow, and three snow days off from school last week. We spent the day of the storm safely tucked inside, playing games, cooking, making crafts, and napping. Once night had fallen, the storm had slowed down, and we’d put the kids to sleep, Kendra […]

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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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Winter Trails Day 2015 at Weston Ski Track

Celebrating Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track

I was so excited it snowed on Friday that I picked up Addie early from school in hopes we could go snowshoeing. Unfortunately, I was driving down from New Hampshire, where there was much more snow than what I found when we got back home. We scrapped our plans for the afternoon, instead focusing on […]

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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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