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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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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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Green Friday Hike: Weir Hill Snowshoeing

Green Friday Hike: Snowshoeing on Weir Hill

While the masses were hitting retail stores for Black Friday shopping, Kendra and I took the kids snowshoeing! Our friend Jenn and her daughter Abby joined us for our post-Thanksgiving Green Friday hike up Weir Hill in North Andover, MA. It’s hard to believe the day before Thanksgiving it was almost 65 degrees out, and […]

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Review of Legoland Discovery Center in Boston, MA

Review of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Boston, MA

As a kid, I loved LEGOS®. I made houses, towers, cars, mini-cities – anything I could think of in my imagination. I rarely stayed on script, most often straying from the instructions that came packaged with a new set of LEGOS®. Flash-forward thirty years, and I’ve shared my love of LEGOS® with my three kids. Addie […]

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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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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Bicycling the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Lowell-Westford, MA

Location: Bruce Freeman Rail Trail – Lowell-Westford, MA Date: August 31, 2014 Distance: 13.82 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 171 feet Our Bicycling Time: 2 hours 4 minutes round trip Difficulty: Easy Trail Map Biking is quickly creeping up on hiking as one of our favorite family activities! Recently we were bicycling the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which begins in my hometown of […]

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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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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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