Hike to Whale Rock

Posted by mrssmythe on September 13, 2018 in Hiking, Out & About |

We’re trying to do more hiking as a family this Fall. There are so many places to hike near us, and it’s always a treat to get out of doors and into the woods for a while. This past Saturday, we drove about fifteen minutes east to get to the Thayer Brook Conservation Area. As […]

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Ginger’s Post: A Walk in the Park

Posted by mrssmythe on November 5, 2014 in Ginger's Snaps, Hiking, Seasons |

We spent the morning at Chicopee State Park on Tuesday. CPT America had a rare day off, and after we’d finished voting, we piled the kids into the car and headed for the walking trails. It turned out to be a beautiful day for it. The sun was pleasantly warm and there was still plenty of […]

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The Jessie Girard Trail

Posted by mrssmythe on August 25, 2014 in Hiking |

This fall, we’re committed to exploring the state parks and forests in our local area. There’s so much available within a two hour drive of our house, that it’s crazy we haven’t done this sooner. Well, no more. This past weekend, I chose a trail, and we drove an hour south into Connecticut, to the 3,000 […]

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Dinosaur Footprints

Posted by mrssmythe on August 20, 2014 in Hiking, Out & About |

We drove to a spot I’ve been meaning to visit for years – “Dinosaur Footprints”, just outside of Holyoke on Route 5. I’d heard it was a great place to see fossilized dinosaur tracks and that there was a trail, so the kids and I were pretty excited. However, the “hike” wasn’t exactly what we […]

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Chicopee Memorial State Park

Posted by mrssmythe on October 21, 2013 in Out & About |

I was talking to my next door neighbor about travel the other day, and he said that he thought people, in general, ignore the things in their own backyards. Meaning, we travel, but never locally. (Or maybe he was referring the general unkempt-ness of my wildflower garden). I think he might be on to something. […]

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