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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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Biking the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC

Bicycling the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville, SC

Right before we left Massachusetts, our friend Ivan dropped off a trailer bike for Addison. At the same time, Thule sent us a bike trailer to test out and review. Knowing we were hitting the road, I had it shipped to South Carolina. Today we finally got to test drive both on one of our […]

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Fishing on the Saluda River in South Carolina

I have vague memories of fishing a few times as a kid. I definitely had a fishing pole and tackle box at some point, but without anyone to really foster my interest, it faded over time. Fast forward 30 years later and my oldest kid, Addison, has pleaded with us to take her fishing. I […]

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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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Camping at Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH

Camping With Infants: It Takes a Village

Okay, not really, but it certainly helps to camp with amazing friends who like your kids. And by like, I mean are willing to change a poop-loaded diaper in the middle of the night on a sleeping bag, whilst getting poop on their hands. Or to gently rock one of your kids in a hammock until […]

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hiking AMC Noble View

Exploring the Outdoors With Urban Teens

Camping with a toddler is challenging. Add in eight teenagers, most of whom are not English speakers, and things get even more interesting! As the leader of my school’s Outdoor Adventure Club, I take the kids camping every year. This year we headed to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA. Even […]

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Hiking at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, MA

Hiking at Harold Parker State Forest, Andover, MA

Spring is here! Finally! Not that we minded the winter, or all the opportunities we had to go snowshoeing – but one of the best things about living in New England are the seasons. Just when you’ve had enough of one, another pops up and refreshes your spirit. With temps in the mid-50′s, and clear […]

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