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Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Today we took a field trip to the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, which is owned and run by Massachusetts Audubon Society. And yes, it’s that Daniel Webster, the famous statesman– he’s buried in the cemetery on the other side of the parking lot and he once owned the farm which is now the sanctuary. We […]

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More Town Forest

I’ve been trying to get us all out of the house for a hike at least once a week. Last week we went back to the town forest, this time with a packed picnic lunch. After our lunch we continued our hike into the adjacent Braintree town forest where we found the most charming little […]

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Hiking in the Town Forest

April 23 Took advantage of a nice day to hike in the town forest. The entrance to the forest is about a mile and a half from our house, but we never used to go because I didn’t know where to park. Then we went on a hike there with the cub scouts– the entrance […]

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The Wild

The Wild If you walk to the end of our street and stare across the state route down the lane between the rows of houses you will see a line of pine trees and if, holding hands, you cross the busy road and walk down and around the corner you will find a humming pumping […]

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Great Blue Hill

Great Blue Hill Did once waters run here, carving dirt and stone into steps, eating away soft earth to expose the roots of things— tree’s and granite’s bones— the strength at the heart of the hills? Can you believe the clear blue of the sky springing overhead? Trees uncurling spears into soft newness of leaves […]

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Road Trip to Kentucky, Part 2

Sunday September 16: Lake Barkley to Nashville On Sunday morning we packed up the van (and were glad to put some of our overflow into my parents’ rental car) and headed south towards Nashville, caravanning with my sister and parents. As we were checking out the kids hit the lodge gift shop. Ben bought himself […]

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