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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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Lowell Folk Festival 2014

Lowell Folk Festival: A Celebration of Culture

I was a 14-year-old seasoned Junior Park Ranger when the first Lowell Folk Festival was held in 1990. It was a spinoff of the National Folk Festival, which was held in Lowell from 1987-1989. Bringing huge crowds, music, ethnic foods, and folk crafts to the city, it helped revitalize my urban hometown. Though festival organizers […]

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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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Snowshoeing in the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest

Snowshoeing at Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest, Dracut, MA

With temps close to 50 degrees on Thursday, I couldn’t resist taking the twins for their first snowshoeing adventure! Luckily, I had some great company – our friends Jenn and Pat, and their daughter Abby, were not only willing to join us, but Jenn carried one of the twins for me, which made it possible […]

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Playing with trains at the Wenham Museum

Family Fun at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA

Quite some time ago, we received free passes to go to the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA. Though we kept meaning to visit, something always seemed to pop up and derail our plans. However, this weekend our thirteen year-old niece Jada came up to visit us from North Carolina, and we finally put the passes […]

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Camping at Dolly Copp Campground in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

North America’s Best Campgrounds: Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH

One of our favorite campgrounds – Dolly Copp –  is tucked away in the White Mountain National Forest, just outside of Gorham, NH. Kendra camped here as a young kid with her parents and brother. She introduced it to me before we were even dating, and I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into […]

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Osgood Hill Trail in North Andover, MA

Hiking Osgood Hill & Stevens Estate, North Andover, MA

Addie fell down while playing in the yard this weekend and busted her lip. After we wiped away the blood and tears, her upper lip started to swell. Since we couldn’t get her to hold ice on it, we decided the next best thing would be to get her ice cream! She agreed, so we […]

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Addie and Elizabeth taking a break outside of the Dairy Store at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA

Maple Syrup and Cows at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA

One of our favorite things to do on the weekend is explore local sites managed by the trustees of reservations in Massachusetts. We’ve hiked Weir Hill in North Andover, and Holt Hill in Andover, and spent lots of time wandering the gardens at the Stevens-Coolidge House in North Andover. This weekend we decided to check […]

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Addie checking out the water at Natural Bridge State Park.

Hiking at Natural Bridge State Park, North Adams, MA

Today we traveled across Massachusetts to North Adams, a small town nestled in the Berkshire mountains in the northwestern part of the state. Though our goal was to stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art, we were waylaid by Addison’s nap, and had to put off our visit until tomorrow. When she finally woke up, we had […]

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Addie playing in the mud at Yosemite National Park.

5 Things for Families to do in our National Parks!

We are so fortunate to have a national system of almost 400 protected historical, urban, and natural sites spread throughout our country. Since 1916, the U.S. National Park Service has provided the world with many opportunities. Whether you’re a an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or you just want to relax and unwind, there is something for […]

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