August 30, 2018

We just returned from our summer trip, and while we jet-setted across the world before our daughter was born, this trip was both adventurous and close to home-- exactly what we needed!  Tons of awesome recommendations from friends made Acadia National Park a memorable experience for us.  Here I share with you the culmination of all my research and experience, so you, too, can have an epic visit to Acadia National Park.

After our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado exceeded our wildest expectations, I began dreaming up all of the national parks we could visit.  Drive just under 5 hours from Boston, and...

July 26, 2018

What are the hikes with the best views/destinations in the greater Boston area? Please tell me! 

I’m always on the hunt for a good hike destination.  Hiking to the top of a peak for a great view, like Great Blue Hill, or to a spectacular lake, like Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, there’s nothing like getting your sweat on, heart rate rising, working hard for a worthwhile payoff.

That’s why I was really excited when Widowmaker Brewing prepared to open adjacent to my favorite hiking area in the greater Boston area, Blue Hills Reservation.  A unique hiking destination!  I began planning my hiking route.

If y...

July 19, 2018

“Wild is tiny and fragile and sweet-baby new. It pushes through cracks and crannies and steals back forgotten places.” 

Megan Wagner Lloyd

(from the children’s book Finding Wild)

Don’t you just love a good story about how an abandoned lot became a community garden or how an endangered animal made a come back? 

This is the tale of Quincy Quarries Reservation, once a flurry of human activity and now an historic preservation site where nature is creeping back.  Quincy itself is full of history: it’s called “The City of Presidents” because John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John Hancock (President of the Second Continental Congre...

March 21, 2018

In every direction you look, miles and miles of wall extend around you. It's ancient and crumbling and there are trees and plants growing out of the stone path in every direction. And you're walking on it. The piece of wall we hiked was completed in 1580 AD, as it took a couple hundred years to finish. Even though the age and condition are impressive, the actual construction is astounding. To think of people having to hike up what I hiked carrying bricks and stones on their back and then build in all weather and conditions (it was 85 and blazing sun for us!) is beyond me.

January 31, 2018

Our trip to Greece was planned for culture, history, adventure, and relaxation.  We couldn’t wait to visit the ancient city Athens and the Acropolis with its famous Parthenon.  We wanted to spend time on the cliffs with whitewashed cubiform houses on Santorini.  We wanted to sit on a beach, read some books, and eat delicious food.  We didn’t know that our hike on the island of Santorini would be a highlight of our trip!  This hike is a definite must-do when visiting the Greek island of Santorini.


The island of Santorini, Greece has a beach side and a cliff side, with the cliff side overlooking the...

January 20, 2018

Today we welcome guest blogger Jessica from to tell us about her favorite wikes in La La Land. You can follow Jessica on her fitness and cocktail adventures on Instagram @scrolling_through_LA.

LA isn’t just a city filled with pricey avo-toast and Insta-famous individuals.  People really value their well-being, and how can you not when the weather is always 72 and sunny?  If you’re visiting the city of angels, discover different perspectives of this enormous city with this go-to list of wikes.


One of the most iconic hikes in Hollywood, Runyon Canyon is the place to spot celebs an...

November 5, 2017

If your kids are very young and need a bit of motivation for your hike or if you are new to hiking and worried they will become bored, a scavenger hunt is just the remedy. 

You’ll easily have your children searching for the next item on the list, and you’ll have lots to talk about as you look and find new things.  They will be building their awareness of the natural world and combatting plant-blindness without even realizing it.  It’s an old teacher trick to get kids to learn and to do things all while thinking they are just playing a fun game…!

Scavenger hunts are great for all ages.  We all know kids love them.  Adults seem...

October 13, 2017

If you’re looking for a quick and easy escape that will create memories to last a lifetime, our wiking family recommends a trip to Denver, Colorado!   Just peruse our photos-- I could look at them all day.  Although we could have easily explored the area for a month, our visit lasted four days.  With a nine-month old in tow, we saw and did a lot while allowing for the flexibility a baby needs.  Here’s how you can do the same!

The Essentials

Fly into Denver—An easily accessible major airport, you’ll be certain to find a variety of flights into the city.  We opted for an evening flight around baby’s bedtime...

August 6, 2017

I usually agree with Miley Cyrus on one thing (and one thing only): “It’s the climb.”  But sometimes… it’s really the view.  The view from the top of Great Blue Hill on a clear day is absolutely spectacular.  The entire hike is enjoyable; the climb is pretty fantastic… but the view?  It’s the view. (Use your best Miley voice to sing that last sentence!)

The hike to the top of Great Blue Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA can be summited from a few points.  We chose to start at Trailside Museum, a popular starting point.  Up and back, it’s about a mile hike with 430 feet of elevation gain.  It’s s...

July 23, 2017

It’s most exciting to discover a magical place that’s basically in your backyard.  As a child, it might actually be in your backyard—a new hole, a corner of the property, a slit in the fence.  Imagine the excitement when you realize you can peer into your neighbor’s yard or when you find a litter of bunnies under your grass.

That’s sort of how I felt when I discovered Hale Reservation in Westwood, Ma. 

I had literally never heard of Hale Reservation even though it’s located only miles away and boasts over 1,000 acres and 20 miles of hiking.  It also hosts 2,000 children every weekday in the summer as part of their enormous ca...

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.


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