Hike4Life hosted our very first Owl PrOwl at Franklin Park. The weather was perfect for a hike/walk and everyone had a great time. We didn't see any owls but we saw a Red Bellied Woodpecker. So happy to see so many young faces and to see them enjoying nature! We even found a racoon jawbone!
Shout out to Michelle for bringing along her "hooter" and trying to get some owls to talk back to us. Thank you to everyone that made it out with us and we look forward to doing this again real soon. #hike4life #owlprowl
Closing out 2015 with one of our favorite events; The Walk Off The Turkey Hike, drew a very large crowd that came out to walk the turkey off at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, MA.
There were families and kids and individuals, who spent a "small" part of their Sunday with us. We were given an introduction about the Nature Center by Adam, who is staff at Mass Audubon and found out that the site used to be the old Boston State Hospital. We heard a few words from Vivian of the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition and got some fun prizes in a raffle that she put together for the event. Operation B Fit (Michelle Coo) stretched us out before we hit the trails.
We started on the Rabbit trail to the Wetlands boardwalk that is made out of recycled plastic bottles and over to the marsh. As we were talking about the cat-tails in the marsh, high above was a red tailed hawk that was being agitated by a flock of birds that were likely protecting their nests. Our walk was a bit shorter than expected so, we are going to set up another hike before the end of this year. In closing, thank you all so much for attending and being a part of our annual November event!
Out of the Hoods & Into the Woods….
Was in full effect today as we kicked off our 2015 Season Opening Hike at the Great Blue Hills Reservation! We are feeling empowered and inspired by the amount of Hike4Lifers that made it out into the woods with us. I wanted to send a big shout out to the parents and aunties of the very well behaved children that hiked with us today. Don’t forget, Hike4Life KIDS starts in June so I hope to see them all again. What more can I say? After a brutal winter and some delays, we are finally back on the trail!
Another great start to another great year. We are celebrating five years of outdoor adventures and cultural change that is taking place right before our eyes. Understanding the value of your presence in the outdoors is to know that you all are creating legacies that many people today and even our ancestors never had an opportunity to be a part of. We are the future of environmentalism, environmental justice and (even if we don’t know it yet) we are the current and future stewards of the planet.
Let’s continue to make a difference through awareness and enjoyment of the Great Outdoors.
One person and one step at a time. Thank you all so much for coming out, we are looking forward to our next adventures together. Shout out to George , Michelle & Robert for being great co-leaders and helping out when needed! #gratitude #hike4life
March 27, 2015 - Lot’s of inspirational energy flowing from yesterdays Emerald Necklace Meeting and Lecture
at the historic African Meeting House to listen to the very energetic and charismatic, Dr Carolyn Finney.
Her book, Black Faces, White Spaces, is a book about "Reimagining The Relationship
of African Americans to the Great Outdoors." She spoke about so many important topics that really
inspired us to think about how we can further educate the community that we
have been in the outdoors and involved in conservation more than we could possibly imagine. She told us about John
Francis, the Planet Walker. This brother walked around the United States for 22
years to raise environmental awareness and for 17 of them he didn’t talk. See below...
From her "Metaphorical Afro", to discussing why she used Spike Lee Joints as chapter titles for her book and 2Pac, Carolyn, was engaging, moving and humorous. She shared personal family histories with us as well as some of the difficulties she faces as an Assistant Professor. She also told us about the Beach Lady, MaVynee Betsch, who made it her full-time mission to preserve and protect American Beach, her great-grandfather’s investment, from development and destruction.
It was great to see so many wonderful people from around Boston that are all a part of the Green Movement in Massachusetts and around the country. Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club, The Trustees, Sustainability Guild and others. It was also cool to hang out with Stanley King, founder of Door to the Outdoors. Looking forward to working with, collaborating and building with him as well.
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Hike4Life joined the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts for a day on the slopes of Pats Peak, in Henniker, New Hampshire! Thrills, chills and lots of fun! Big thanks to YPN-ULEM for their support and partnership! #5Years
Concerned Black Men
of Massachusetts / Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development
Hike4Life had the privilege and honor of leading an urban
hike of a wonderful and fun group of young men from the Paul Robeson Institute
for Positive Self-Development. We
started out with introductions, a healthy breakfast and the Circle of Love. The
young men received instruction, lined up and volunteers were invited to the center
of the circle to chant the seven fundamentals of maturing into manhood! As the hand-clapping
began, the young men shouted out, “Umoja, means unity” which was met with a
roar of deep and not-so deep voices that repeated the same. These seven fundamentals
are the Nguzo Saba, which is traditionally used as Principles of Kwanzaa, hearing
them chanted outside and in nature certainly uplifted my spirits.
After witnessing their morning ritual, I was excited as we stretched and headed out to the trails around the Arnold Arboretum. Foliage was plenty and so was the excitement from the group of teens, pre-teens and children under ten. I expressed how proud I felt to be a part of this “discovery moment” with them as many had never been to the Arboretum or spent much time in nature. The young men gathered leaves, touched and smelled the bushes and trees. Picked berries, chewed on white pine needles and played with spiders.
The mentors of the group put in a lot of work to organize and maintain discipline with these young men, I was genuinely impressed as they came to order and lined up in silence when “HOTEP” was called out.
We walked along the paved path to the top of Peters Hill (240 feet) and once we arrived we were greeted by a familiar sight in the distance; The Great Blue Hill! From atop of Peters Hill, is also a view of the city but, it was obscured by trees. The group took this time to catch a breath and ask questions. One of the PRI mentors asked those who collected leaves to discuss what they had found and to try to identify them in a tree guide that was provided to us.
After a little rest, we got the group in order and headed down the hill for lunch. Lunch was provided by Baba Rumas’ Rumosa Meals and featured Veggie Patties and his famous Mango Freeze. Even though it was cold, they were gone in a minute.
Overall, this experience was amazing. The mentor staff, the young men, the weather, everything lined up perfectly for this Hike4Life event and we are grateful for the opportunity to lead and to hike with representatives from this amazing organization!
Urban Hiking Adventure
I decided to go on a solo-hike of three of the beautiful
urban trails of the Emerald Necklace. I started the 3.7 mile journey from the
Crown Jewel of the Necklace, Franklin Park, where I was welcomed by smooth
trails and favorable weather. The
foliage in the park was classic Massachusetts Autumn; Red, Orange and Yellow
leaves blanketed the wooded grounds, periodically falling on me like a silent
colorful rain. I then hiked to my next destination, the second
largest link in the Emerald Necklace; The Arnold Arboretum. Once within the walls of this great
institution, I was welcomed by the smell of summer, old blossoms and over-rich
The half-dressed trees exposed their hidden berries and sharp thorns that are usually hidden by leaves. The soft earth beneath was filled with crushed acorn shells and feathers; a welcomed reward for tired feet. The bird life in the Arboretum is unlike any other that I know of; thousands of seasonal birds sang their ear-pleasing songs and posed for pictures. My last stop was probably, the best stop; Jamaica Pond. As I made my way up the hill from the street into the park, the first thing I noticed was rainbow trout launching themselves out of the water to eat bugs that were flying by. I stayed on the beach and walked halfway around before being pushed to the walkway by trees that had fallen into the water. The hazy sun that followed me from Franklin Park finally broke through the partly sunny skies and added to the already scenic view of the pond, which made me happy.
The hike in total (to and from) was roughly 7.5 miles. I picked up a friend along the way and we went back through the arboretum then over to Franklin Park, where my journey began.
What was supposed to be a hardcore and extreme hiking event,
turned out to be one of the most peaceful and visually pleasing hikes to date.
We took a small group of Hike4Lifers to the always amazing Ponkapoag Pond (4.2
Miles) which is nestled in Canton, MA. The Appalachian Mountain Club and
the YMCA, make their campgrounds here. This pond which is much larger
than its neighbor Houghtons Pond is truly a hidden jewel that not many know
about. The name Ponkapoag means "shallow pond" or "a
spring that bubbles from red soil" Laying on the Eastern side of the Blue
Hills Reservation, this gem is a sure stop for beginner and experienced
This was our first time going across the Cedar Bog Boardwalk and into the center of the beautiful pond. We navigated our way over a quarter-mile or more of wet, slippery and sometimes floating planks that pulled us further into the green that surrounded us. All kinds of plants and bushes and trees were overlooked due to our cautious steps along the boardwalk. In the few places we were allowed to rest, we were able to take in some of the most breathtaking views from inside the Ponkapoag. Sometimes, you just want to say thank you Mother Nature, for creating such natural, scenic and sacred spaces.
3rd Annual Black Heritage Trail Hike feat. P.H.I.C.S.
(Photographers Hiking in the City Speaking)
Boston, MA - Wrapping up our latest and one of our greatest events, we are
so pumped up and excited about our 3rd Annual Black Heritage Trail
Hike. This year, we featured P.H.I.C.S. which is an acronym for
Photographers Hiking in the City Speaking! This unique project is headed
up by Morell Genas of Motiv8 Photography, Eric Shelton of Eric Shelton
Photography in partnership with Hike4Life!
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Hike4Life also embodies the spirit of adventure and exploration – environmental protection and giving back to our community, which is what we are all about. Reconnecting the community to the outdoors; this connection is important to us and strengthens our choice to partner and gear-up with this great company to represent our community in the outdoors.
We believe in Outdoor Products and they believe in Hike4Life!
Click here to read a cool article about camping and fun ways to make your time in the outdoors easier, safer and comfortable! From foam floor mats to shaved soap, these '41 Camping Hacks' are sure to peak your interest and show you that camping isn't as difficult as you may think it is.
On Saturday Sept 28, we promoted our 1st hiker to complete the Hiking 101 training course at Franklin Park. Our newest "Hike4Lifer" hiked the Red Dot Trail and scaled the 635 ft Great Blue Hill! We were joined by our seasoned hikers and some family members, who came out to show their support and to cheer her on!
Celebrate the season and outdoors with art, nature and recreation. Hike through the Wilderness or let kids, 9 and under ride the bike rodeo between 1-4pm. Bikes for loan or bring your own. You may win a bike from Boston Bikes in the raffle at the close of the event! Take a wild edible tour led by wild foods enthusiast, Russ Cohen from 2:30-4pm. Cape the Franklin Park’s beauty at a watercolor landscapes workshop taught by local artist, Lucilda Dassardo-Cooper from 1-3pm.
Hello everyone, I hope
Spring is getting you up and outdoors. Hike4Life has been super busy, getting in gear
for some great upcoming events, looking to enjoying the Summer months and having
more outdoor adventures to share. We are
in the midst of preparing for African American National Parks Day with an 8
mile hike through the Blue Hills Reservation.
There are several elevation shifts from 180 feet to nearly 700 feet to
the top of the Great Blue Hill! Our good
friend Erica Rose will be leading us on that days hike. After the hike, we will continue the
celebration by camping at Wompatuck State Park.
We’re kicking off the first annual AANPD in true
Hike4Life fashion, immersing ourselves in the outdoors with friends and family
while connecting with nature and ourselves.
Join us on Saturday June, 22nd through the 23rd for our
hiking and camping trip!
Hike4Life in partnership with Operation B Fit (www.operationbfit.com) and Peace Of
Food (www.peaceoffood.com) are joining
up under the banner of R.O.Y. Reclaim Our Youth, to bring to the community our
2nd Annual, Kickball Cookout & More event, Saturday August 3rd
We have put together a great team of men and women who are helping with the planning and preparation to bring Boston, the biggest event of the Summer. Last year, we had a wonderful turnout of parents and children and supporting organizations and businesses, this year we feel that we will surpass those numbers and be the talk of the town once again…Who doesn’t like kickball?
Overall, H4L has so many wonderful events coming up: hiking,
zip-lining, camping, mountain hiking and more. We hope that you join us and
stay with us throughout the Summer for all of your outdoor adventure
needs. Get Up. Get Out. Go Hiking!
Hike4Life and the Franklin Park Coalition
Check out the mention of Hike4Life at the all new Franklin Park Coalition website. (Health and Fitness: Hiking) The FPC is a strong partner and supporter of Hike4Life. We’ve hosted several events within the Crown Jewel of the Boston Parks system due to their support and generosity. Support Franklin Park with a community membership for just $5 and please like their facebook page!
Thanks to the generosity of members of the Mass Audubon Society, Hike4Life hikers on Saturday 11/24 will have complimentary access to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum! We are meeting at 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186 at 9AM for a brief meet up, then a tour of the museum, then we hit the trails. See Ya!
What a wonderful day! Family, friends, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, kids and teens, boys and girls all came together in the rain to walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. Hike4Life & NBucketTV hit our goal of $2000 and more and had a spectacular turnout of people that didn't let the rain get in the way of walking for this all too important cause. We had TWO SURVIVORS in our group, Sharon & Musu-kulla who both finished the 6-mile walk. Their strength was more than enough to bring us all home to the finish line.
I grew up in Dorchester and occasionally, my mother, little sister and I, would take the bus or a cab and visit Franklin Park. We’d go to the Zoo, we’d walk around the golf course, and we’d have a picnic and spend time together. I went to the Park for the Kite Festivals, to ride my bike and family cookouts. Being in the city, in a town that didn’t offer programs that featured outdoor activities, it was a blessing to have Franklin Park in the neighborhood. To my mother, it was very important to her to allow us to enjoy the wonderful green space that was practically in our backyard!
As it goes for Hike4Life, we’ve used Franklin Park for several of our events, most recently Kickball and a huge family health event, which turned out to be a hit for us and our partner and a big day of activity for the Park. Our work with the FPC, has certainly put H4L on the map and has gotten people” into and interested” in the park again. As a supporter and friend, I’ve taken part in many other events at Franklin Park; Fall Forest Festival, Halloween Walk, Edible Plant Walk and recently supporting the Executive Director (Christine) and her Summer Youth Program.
Who would have that thought that into my adulthood that I would become part of a team that advocates and fights for the enjoyment and pleasure of the park. A team that oversees local projects and events in the park, a working steward of the park, a caretaker, a trustee and a promoter of the largest green space in Boston, Massachusetts and the place I grew up.
pleased and very happy to announce that I am the newest member of the
Board of Directors of the Franklin Park Coalition. I’m excited to join a
group of engaging men and women that come from different backgrounds,
different ethnicities and different neighborhoods, that all have the
same goal; to get the attention and funding that Franklin Park, a vital
and important community resource deserves!
Thank you to Christine Poff and the Board of Directors and to anyone that has supported me and Hike4Life, Thank You! ~ Jerel Ferguson / Founder Hike4Life
On Sunday October 14th, Hike4Life will be Making Strides in honor of our dear friend Sharon Dailey, a survivor and a fighter. Sharon is walking as a part of our TEAM and we are definitely a part of hers. Please come out and support us, meet the team, meet Sharon and her family and friends who will be walking to support her and our community as well!
For more information, to join our team or to donate please follow this link to our participation center:
The Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association, Inc (formerly
CSCSGINC) is a 501 c 3, nonprofit organization which advocates for and
provides life enhancing support services to all patients with sickle
cell disease living in the Greater Boston community. The organization
was founded in 1995 by Rev Ronald Stephenson to "do something about the
lack of sickle cell awareness and support services for families affected
by Sickle Cell Disease" in the Greater Boston area. Through his work
patients, their families and the community have been educated on the
Sickle Cell Treatment Act and disparities in health care when it comes
to treatment of and access to treament of Sickle Cell Disease. These
disparities also include the lack of federal and philanthropic funding. Visit http://gbscda.org/ for more information.
Join Hike4Life as we celebrate our 3rd year of saving lives. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be having their annual walk in Boston on Sunday October 14th.
You can walk 2 or 5 miles, get in some exercise, meet new people and make new memories with old friends.
Our fundraising TEAM GOAL is $2,000 with your help we can raise this and much more!
Hike4Life recently went on a Camping trip to Wompatuck State Park. 4000
acres of protected woodlands full of hiking trails, wildlife and 262
campsites to accommodate a multitude of people. We started early...See More
Hike4Life & Operation FIT MOM Kickball & Dodgeball Event.
Reclaim Our Youth - Saturday August 4th, Franklin Park -
Our biggest event ever! In cooperation with Operation FIT MOM, we hosted a 200+ event that incorporated health and fitness, fun and family. OFM surprised H4L with a birthday caked emblazoned with the Hike4Life logo on top of delicious Say It Sweet Red Velvet cake. The grill was going as people started to fill our small area of the park. Vendors, Healthworks of Codman Square, Afro Flow Yoga and Essential Body Herbs set up shop and immediately drew attention. We had an over-abundance of food thanks to many of the volunteers who helped make this event as special as it was. Mike, Marie, Shawnte (SMJ Events), Gregoire (Phi Beta Sigma), Marvin and Diane, worked their butts off. There were so many children there, their treat was balloon animals and face painting courtesty of Serena, Erica and Margaret, who did a wonderful job. Michael Bryant Photography sponsored the event and took some excellent pictures of our event, we are so grateful for his work and his amazing eye to capture moments.
After lunch, the kids were set out to the field with Mike who started their kickball game. Afro Flow Yoga had a session under the Sun which attracted a nice amount of people (Hi Mom) Healthworks had a fitness clinic and Fit 4 Life w/ Reggie B, stretched out the adults for their Kickball game!
Intense! I didn't think we could outdo the last Kickball event but, we smashed it this time. Two solid teams went at it, catching balls, sliding, diving and rule bending (LOL) it was all in good fun and community. The final score was 7-3.
Hike4Life is so glad, to see so many come out and support our event. The R.O.Y. Committee is working hard to come up with our next Kickball game, we hope you can attend!
?So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man or woman, which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.
From the long drive from MA to NH, to the visitor center, to the entrance to the trail, we came with desire and drive, smiles and intent. (And sing-a-long-songs)
15 dedicated men and women climbed the skin of the Earth and conquered Mount Cannon. This was our biggest turnout ever! There was no quit in any of us. Looking back at the experience and watching all of these hard-working people ascend over 4000 to reach the top is inspiring. Not many people can say that they?ve done this before but, now these Hike4Lifers can. Treacherous terrain, twisted ankles, hurt knees and backs, didn?t stop anyone from achieving their goal: The Top, where the reward is. You can see into 5 different states from the top of Mount Cannon, for some reaching the top is spiritually rewarding for others it?s the greatest physical challenge of their lives. Adventure, challenge and some danger made this trip better than the rest. We missed the last Tram of the day, so we had to hike back down the mountain, over the same rocks and roots we previously climbed over so, it was the opposite direction for us this time and I tell you, the trail doesn?t look the same going down. Fortunately, we still had the Sun, our guiding light that brought our entire crew to safety.
This trip to Mt. Cannon will definitely be one of those unforgettable moments in life when one can look back and say, ?I climbed a mountain? and it will feel good to tell others and to share their stories and memories of the adventure.
Get Up. Get Out...
H4L / Jerel F.
R.O.Y., Reclaiming Our Youth is what we did today. So many, friends, family and supporters came out to support Hike4Life for another community inspiring event. Today, we played KICKBALL, reminiscent of the days when we used to play every day and all the time. The Sun was shining over us as we were blessed with a perfectly clear day in partnership with the Franklin Park Coalition and Circle the City of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Dept.
First, we let the kids play, their energy and the pure fun they were having excited us and got the adults ready for their game which was next. Competitive isn’t the word to describe what was going out there on the field. Sliding into bases, crashing into opposing players, high kicks, far kicks and full speed balls being thrown at the runners to get them out! We argued over calls, over rules, the score, the outs and the best thing it was all in fun! We can’t wait to do it again! For the finale, Kids, Teens and Adults made up the teams and that was even more spirited, we let the kids know that we like to win too! Next time no outs on the little ones, LOL.
Everyone asked for more Kickball, and even Dodge ball, we’ll work on making that happen, all everyone has to do is show up! I can't thank everyone enough for being there with us today. As well as the Franklin Park Coalition, Christine Poff who has been very supportive of Hike4Life from the beginning. To our friends, Hike4lLife thanks you and salutes you for playing Kickball with us today. Can't wait to do it again....Hopefully all of you will be there with us!
3rd Annual Cannon Mountain Hike
Join Hike4Life as we head to Franconia, NH to traverse, hike, and climb beautiful Mt. Cannon, the previous home of the Old Man of the Mountain.
Cost: $20 (Can be paid in advance or at time of event)
Durable Boots are Mandatory – No Sneakers. We want to make sure everyone has a safe comfortable adventure as we climb the skin of the Earth and ascend over 4000 feet into the thin New Hampshire air!
On a clear day, you can see the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and Canada! At the summit, you'll find spectacular scenic walking paths, a 360 degree observation deck, a cafeteria, bar and restrooms.
Hike4Life will have:
Water, Fruit, Trail Mix, Bug repellent, sun screen
Bring your own food/snacks, additional water/ sports drinks
Equipment to bring:
Boots - Sneakers are not recommended.
Athletic pants, cargo pants or shorts – Jeans are not recommended.
Hat/ Bandana/ Sunglasses
Walking Sticks – optional
Money for Tram down the mountain - $12
And as always, A Positive Attitude
Carpooling may be available!
Please contact Hike4Life @ [email protected] or register your information through 'Contact Me'. You can also make your payment to Hike4Life through PayPal!
Another great hike with the folks of New England Community Services. We met at the Trailside Museum in the Blue Hills and hit the Red Dot to the top of the Great Blue Hill. After a good lunch, we headed down the South Skyline Trail. This rocky course was very challenging to some of the new comers but they all 'maded' it. More trails, more "Oohs and Aahs" more upwards and downward trails, then we headed back.
This was a really cool group, met some new faces, acquainted with some old ones and hopefully everyone made NEW friends. Thank you to Operation Fit Mom for stretching us out and Thank you all for spending time with us! ~ H4L
On Saturday May 12th, Hike4Life in collaboration with YPN-ULEM, the Department of Health & Human Services and the Medical Reserve Corps, co-hosted our annual Spring Hike! We had doctors, nurses, a public health speaker, artists, photographers, a personal trainer, teachers, moms, dads and a couple of dogs but most importantly hikers! We all came together at the base of the Great Blue Hill sharing health related information, checked our heart rates and blood pressures.
We had a nutritious breakfast offering, sandwiches for lunch, and a host of snacks that accommodated over 30 of us! After a great presentation on obesity and prevention, a brief demonstration in mind over matter techniques and a well needed stretch we hit the trail. We climbed with purpose, keeping true to our mission to help usher in healthy living and active lifestyles in our communities. Never leaving anyone behind, we made sure everyone made it to the top because, that is where the reward is!
Wow! Is all we can say about hiking with the NECS (New England Community Services) what a wonderful event we had today with a super group of cool young ladies! Led by a well trained staff from the NECS, we trekked along for over 4 miles around Ponkapoag Pond in Canton, MA. We walked along a path of thousands of batches of Skunk Cabbage, before stopping at one of the AMC campgrounds. We got a little lost when trying to find the outhouse (I still think they moved it!) The girls were treated to a quick visit by a horse as they took in the view of their first glance from one of the inner-beaches of the Pond.
We hiked and talked and had some very interesting conversations with the diverse group, all respectful and engaged during this outdoor experience. It was a first for most of the girls and we are glad to have shared the experience with them. After a little more hiking, we made it to Fisherman Beach where we took a much needed rest. Some of the ladies were taking pictures of the beautiful view of the Great Blue Hill in the distance, while others skipped rocks and got their hands in the water.
After establishing ourselves at the halfway point around the massive pond, a lot of aches and pains and fatigue started to catch up to the group so, we pressed on and made it to the Ponkapoag Dam, messed around with sunbathing spiders, talked about Tiger Woods and then pressed on the golf course; fortunately for us, there was no one in our way so we casually strolled through the course and met a couple of nice guys at the end.
Finally, we made it back to the trail sign and back to the pond entrance. The ladies were so happy to make it back to civilization and so were some of us to be honest. The weather was perfect but, it was a little hot after all of that walking.
In all, today was a great day; we’d like to thank the NECS and the young ladies for working with and hiking with Hike4Life and spending time with us out on the trails. We look forward to hiking with you all again.
Get Up. Get Out. Go Hiking!
Thursday April 19th
Get ready for an awesome hiking experience! This intermediate loop trail makes up for its absence of hills with distance. There are slight elevations and mud paths, rocky roads and great scenery! We’ll pass the AMC Campground and stop at Fisherman’s Beach for lunch. We’ll take a brief stop at the Ponkapoag Dam and onto a ‘quick’ path through the golfing area, then on to the Boardwalk Trail on Ponkapoag Bog.
Ponkapoag Pond in Canton, MA, is a moderately flat, 200 acre pond that offers a beautiful view of the Great Blue Hill, the highest peak on the East Coast south of Maine. The pond was not naturally occurring but formed when an earthen dam was built in 1940. The Green Loop trail offers a short detour to a boardwalk tour of a bog – an uncommon ecosystem for the area. We can visit the kiosk at the beginning of the boardwalk for information about rare plants and other inhabitants.
New England Community Services (NECS) was founded by Mark D. Reeves in 2007. NECS was established to help counsel, support, and educate youth involved with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).
For more info visit: www.necservices.org
It's been a long five months since our last hike of 2011 the "Walk Off The Turkey Hike" and in that time we've been busy getting ready for 2012. On Saturday March 31, we had our "Warm Up Hike 2012" in which we hit up a new trail at our favorite destination, the Blue Hills Reservation. 2.5 miles on the Braintree Pass Path and danced around the edges of Chickatawbut Hill. A great hike with our Core Hike4LIfe members.
On Sunday April Fools Day, we went out with a couple of "Sistas" from the United Sistas of Color (USOC) for another early spring hike. The weather was better and the hike seemed a little longer. New comers to Hike4Life were worked as we hit 3 miles of trails and the Great Blue Hill for 635 feet of fun.
Thank You to everyone that made it out to the 2012 Season Kick Off for Hike4Life ... Stay Tuned!