outdoors

Norman Bird Sanctuary

It is really hard to try to capture and describe how amazing the Norman Bird Sanctuary is. I first became acquainted with this beautiful 300-acre preserve in Middletown, RI as a camp counselor in my college days. It was definitely one of my most memorable summers, getting to hike all over the property and teach environmental education to […] Read more…

The wild side of Bristol

Bristol, RI is probably most famous for being home to the oldest continuous Independence Day Celebration in the country. Seriously, people start yelling “Happy Fourth (or Fowth depending on how long you’ve lived in RI for)” to each other in early June.  The whole two weeks leading up to the parade is slightly chaotic mix of free outdoor […] Read more…

Snowshoeing in Weetamoo Woods

I’ve written about Weetamoo Woods before, but this time we went specifically to snowshoe. Here in Rhode Island, we don’t often get enough accumulation to use snowshoes. I’ll always remember how pathetic I must have looked the year I got them as a Christmas gift and in my excitement proceeded to try to use them […] Read more…

Lyman Reserve, Wareham, MA

Lyman Reserve is another fabulous property in the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations system. We ventured out there on a chilly New Year’s Day. As we pulled into the parking area, I realized we’d been there before, also in winter, about two years ago. I can only image how different it is in the summer, I’m […] Read more…

Colt State Park, Bristol, RI

I have a similar conundrum with Colt State Park as I do with Mt. Hope Farm. The place is so large and the scenery so varied, I’m intimidated trying to capture its essence with words or photographs. I’m just going to have to ask you to trust me – you need to stop by here […] Read more…

Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol, RI

It’s pretty crazy that I’m just writing about Mt. Hope Farm now (other than quick Moonwalk mentions), considering I go there at least once a week. I think I’ve just been intimidated by the idea of trying to capture all the parts of it that make it so special. It’s my favorite place to watch […] Read more…

Weetamoo Woods, Tiverton, RI

Weetamoo Woods is over 600 acres of protected woodlands, managed by the Tiverton Open Space Commission. The property’s nine trails take you through various habitats including white cedar swamp, meadows, oak holly forest, streams, and stands of rhododendrons. There are also remains of an old colonial sawmill and a Native American quartz quarry. We hike […] Read more…

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