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Cape Cod Canal Bike Ride

  Where : Cape Cod Canal When : Any time of year Who : People of all ages What : Biking, walking, exploring a beautiful landscape and a historic place Why : Natural beauty, healthy activity, time with family and friends We're focusing on local adventures, and recently took a ride down to Scusset Beach State Reservation . It is a beautiful Cape Cod State Park that abuts the Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail . We parked the car, road up and down the 14-mile round trip trail and enjoyed a tasty picnic lunch at the beach's recreation area. There's definitely lots to do from walking the beach or jetty, biking up and down the path, visiting the many playgrounds along the way, and enjoying other attractions. This is a must-do for anyone who enjoys people watching, biking, walking, the beach, and spending time with those you love in beautiful places. 
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Healthy, beautiful adventures inspire

 We all need to make time for healthy, beautiful adventures. Thanks to the efforts of many people in the United States, these conservation lands abound, and in these lands you may hike, bike, swim, boat, and explore nature in many, many ways. This is one way to stay healthy and inspired. It's important that we find ways to support this kind of healthy adventure for everyone in our country. 

Fernald's Neck Preserve, Lake Megunticook

Photo Reference Who : People of all ages who enjoy swimming in lakes and hiking woodsy trails and grassy fields What : A nature preserve alongside moderate mountains at the edge of a big, beautiful lake When : Any time of year Where : Lincolnville, Maine Why : To enjoy nature in a relatively remote spot We googled Camden Lake and found a route to Fernald's Neck Preserve to find a beautiful nature trail that led to a rocky shore, giant boulder, and large lake ideal for swimming. After a day of swimming in the nearby ocean, boating, or climbing a rocky shoreline trail or nearby Mt. Battie or Mt. Megunticook, a dip into the lovely Lake Megunticook is a perfect finale. Fernald's Neck Preserve also offers a wonderful trails along the lake where you can hike, then swim, and hike again. There's lots to see. I highly recommend. 

Biking North Haven, Maine

When : Spring, Summer, Fall Where: North Haven Island, Maine Why : A beautiful, sparsely populated island with wonderful winding roads and terrific views of mountains, fields, and ocean. What : Ferry from Rockland, Maine with your bikes. Pack a lunch. Bring your helmets. Ask for an island map from the Ferry Terminal. With Whom : Anyone who enjoys biking, picnics, beautiful scenery, and healthy adventures North Haven, Maine is a beautiful island that's a one-hour ferry ride from Rockland, Maine. Take your bikes for a day-trip or rent a room at the inn or a home to stay for a while. There's plenty of gorgeous coastline, rocky beaches, a park, harbor, brewery (check for hours), a grocery store, a couple of galleries, and a few other shops. The scenery is breathtaking. If you stay for a few days, plan to hike or kayak the coastline, swim in the cold waters, spend time at that harbor, fish, and engage in painting, drawing, or photography. 

Dupont Circle: Great Eats, People Watching, and Lots to Do

If you're an avid people watcher like me, a visit to Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. will provide you with lot of entertainment, good food, and great places to stay. My husband and I spent a few days at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. We stayed at The Wink which was super simple, comfortable, and accommodating. The price was right, the service terrific, and room comfortable--I recommend. We used SpotHero to find reasonable parking nearby where we could take our car in and out. We had some great food too including inexpensive, tasty tacos at Tiki Taco , delicious fresh fish and veggies at Grillfish , and a farm fresh dinner at FireFly . We also had a terrific opportunity to visit the Smithsonian's newest museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture --a must-see museum for all people in the United States. With a son attending college in the D.C. area I look forward to experiencing a number of different neighborhoods, sights, and events in the

Lunches with Mom

This summer I'm using some of my vacation time to have regular lunches with my mom. Close to 90 years old, my mother still enjoys going out to lunch, telling stories, and shopping so that's what we'll do often this summer. Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MA To lengthen the event we typically take a beautiful drive and then eat at a wonderful restaurant. A couple of weeks ago we went to Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts . As we enjoyed a tasty lunch we looked out into the Inn's vegetable garden and beautiful fields. There's a patio there if you'd like to eat outside and space for weddings and special events too. Salem Cross Inn has its own bakery and both the bakery and restaurant use fresh fruits, vegetables, and other local ingredients. The service was wonderful. Then today we went to Meadowbrook Orchards in Sterling, Massachusetts. We ordered delicious sandwiches which were served on homemade bread with farm fresh lettuce. Later we

Even short trips can be adventures

Years ago my husband and I had a book of side trips and places of interest in our car. Whenever we got into the car to take a trip long or short we would pull out that book and look for good restaurants and places to see. It's been years since I've thought about those books and the great excursions they led to, but now with many small road trips on the schedule, I reached out to find similar books to help us make the most of the long and short drives ahead. Rather than stop on the highway for snack, it's great to take an hour off during a long drive to see something of interest--that breaks up the trip and reenergizes you. So even small trips can be adventures if you approach those trips with the right mindset and information.