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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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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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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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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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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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Epic Hiking Fails

6 Reasons Our Hike With the Kids Was an Epic Fail

With 7-month old twins, and a three year-old, every venture out of the house has the potential for disaster and the opportunity to become an epic fail. Unexpected pooplosions, vomiting, crying, and myriad other obstacles are par for the course. Most times we get lucky and make it home in one piece. Every so often – […]

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Lowell State Forest Lowell MA

Hiking at Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborogh State Forest, Lowell, MA

Thursday was a very welcome first day of spring. As much as we’ve enjoyed the extended snowshoeing season, we’re excited to return to hiking in t-shirts and shorts! Addie and I celebrated the beautiful 50 degree weather by going on a hike with our friend Jenn and her daughter Abby. Addie adores Abby – she […]

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