NQTA and our Partners are proud to put out this Week 2 Outdoor Health Blog. Focusing on positive messaging, outdoor health, holistic Modalities and trail educational awareness to combat the mental and physical fatigue caused by the unsettling nature of this current COVID 19 crisis.
- NQTA Serenity and Adventure Maps: Each week NQTA will offer 2 FREE digital NQTA membership maps, one will be a serene family walk the second a more challenging one of high adventures.
Last week was the Cutthroat Brook Feldman' gnome trails and Fall Brook gorge maps both are linked here so that they can become a library of maps accessible to you all.
NQTA maps that we are offering like the Red Apple farm below are wide open trail heads and wide-open trails that are not known to the mass public nearly as much as those other major trail heads.
Please park with plenty of distance between cars and please hike with plenty of distance between hikers.
The parking trailhead at Red Apple farm is the Wind Turbine parking area with over a 150 parking spots
One map will act both the serene family walk and the adventuresome hike will include wildlife viewing and archeological wonderment.
This is a 3 trails trail system with all details included in the Hikers Narrative section of the digital map.
Red Apple farm trails
In this time of social distancing the Red Apple farm is open for takeout and if you see their crew please send a hearty hello from a distance.
This wonderful country store and farm during normal times is open for wonderful unique artisan gifts, events at their Brew Barn and many multi to use trail opportunities such as family Geo cache adventures and mountain biking. (Click here for details on what Geocaching is and how your family can participate. IT IS A TREASURE HUNT IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS!}
All questions and requests for assistance with individual planning are welcome and encouraged. I have included all my contact information and I will custom tailor an adventure that I believe tailor fits you or your family needs.
Again, all questions will be answered by myself or anyone inside this partnership structure.
Go get some fresh air, some exercise and of course some healthy vitamin D and NQTA will be your outdoor Ambassador guide through all of this.
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This Week at NQTA
I went out during this past Spring snow fall on the after day in a sparkling early Spring day and had a wonderous 4-hour tramping experience. Please join me and Celtz along in the included photos and Serenity video.
🦅 Out on the stewardship field the 2020 NQTA Lewis and Clark stewardship season is open and working.
NQTA is in a unique position with a small professional crew that has hundreds of feet of distance between us is continuing on.
You will hear much information and education going forward and announcing for the 1st time the formation of a partnership with Capt. Linda Styles at her Lynrose Farm and Wellness Center.
NQTA's opening stewardship project is the transformation of this Lynrose Farm and Wellness Center TO Lynrose Farm and Wellness 'Outdoor Activity' Center.
The pictures below are of a 10 day stewardship transformation of the Old Shepherdson road trail that is now being restored into a Mountain Bike Outdoor Education Center with a newly constructed granite bluff leap area the 'Sheldon's Leap' and a crazy figure 8, with a training berm jump in the middle loop trail.
Led by experienced X competitor and educator Matt Sheldon with his daughter four-year-old Isabella being taught to help teach the emerging youth program.
The video included will be some of the actual techniques and training taught in the 2nd class offered of teaching mountain bikers more advanced techniques and safety protocols.
This Old Shepherdson trail leads to a beautiful open meadow with Meadow Medicine Wheel and sweeping hilltop vistas.
Capt. Linda has a wonderful assortment of holistic partners and products that you will all be coming to know.
So, this messaging all leads to an upcoming event:
Lynrose Farm and Wellness Center
As soon as this crisis abates a special Gathering event will be Premiering at this new Lynrose Farm and Wellness Outdoor Activities Center. To include all these different partners and culminating in a bonfire of burning out the old and cleansing in the new lessons, new friendships and new outdoor opportunities
- A Note from Linda Styles of Lynrose Farm on her partnership with NQTA and what the future holds.
Dear Friends, Neighbors and Consignors, we are The Light at the end of the tunnel!
Let me explain.
As some of you know Lynrose Farm & Wellness Center recently partnered with North Quabbin Trails Association, in the vision to provide extensive handicap accessible hiking/biking/riding trails AND SERVICES throughout the North Quabbin region.
To this end our farm is about to become "The Hub" for Holistic Healing, all types of indoor and outdoor classes , from Meditation and Reiki to Matt Sheldon's classes on Mountain bike use and safety for children and adults, Lee Ann Lerue's classes on Cliff climbing, and a variety of other activities including NQTA's weekly blog on hikes in the area complete with maps, instructions on access, and "what to wear when you're hiking".
As " Capt. Linda", Holistic Healer and board member of NQTA, I will be focused on making Lynrose Farm & Wellness Center a comfortable and enjoyable place to visit, and at this first "Open Farm" event will be explaining our vision of what comes after the Corona Virus or in other words " where do we go from here?"
I will be giving a little history of this homestead and will also talk about what will be available for holistic health services from myself, Tracy ( my granddaughter ) and others as we increase our physical space, ( the soon to be renovated barn). We will also introduce our newly forming Global Climate Group.
For those of you who have had your art, crafts and other products in our store, for this event we are inviting you to set up outside ( weather permitting) along "Old Shepardson Rd", our private road which runs parallel to "Shepardson Rd." where you can enjoy the mountain bike demos, the bonfire, and whatever else we come up with for activities. (Please let me know if that works for you.)
So that's a rough draft of the first event which will be held as soon as we can come back out of isolation and recover a little from the stresses, we have been experiencing for the past several months.
Love and Light to you all, Linda
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Classes will be led by Matt Sheldon from Brown Dog Bike Tours with help from his young daughter Isabelle who already loves to shred in the woods. There will be bikes on hand if this is your first time in the woods but bringing your own bike is strongly encouraged as you’ll feel much more comfortable. Clinics will also be held on basic trailside bike maintenance, changing a tube or fixing a chain are all part of riding in the woods, as there is no roadside service out there. If your still hungry for more we can send you out on some longer trails right from the farm.
I’d Like to take a moment to give thanks to all those out there taking this time of social distancing to give some love to our great trails. There’s nothing like a riding a good trail that’s freshly leaf blown or coming around a corner expecting a puddle of muck, to find a nice new bridge, or a sick new jump. This time of social distancing is the perfect time to get out there and give the trails some love. We all say we would put more effort into the trails if we just had more time, well guess what? We got it, and I have been amazed how many people are actually doing this. Thanks for all the work.
The Bike Trail of the week is a 2 parter and located in the Wendell State Forest Trail System (click for map link). It’s called the Maple Leaf to Nip Muk. Wendell is a great place to experience true old school New England mountain biking, and it’s one of my favorite places to ride. There’s a spider web of trails to check out and this is just one of them, with a little creativity it’s not hard to put together a 20+ mile ride. You can park at the ranger station and head passed the gate on Ruggles Pond Rd. till you reach Damon Camp to hop on the Maple Leaf Trail. The trail leapfrogs along Ruggles Pond a couple times before heading deeper into the woods to the Nip Muk. This is where the real fun begins. This trail throws all the great stuff New England has to offer. There are punchy climbs followed by quick and fun descents. Rock gardens and roots everywhere to test your balance, and even a few boulders to jump on and off. Take a left at the T intersection with the Nup Muk for more of the same. The builders of these trails really killed it here, I never miss this section when I ride Wendell. This trail would probably be classified as intermediate because it is pretty technical, but it’s all about speed, just stay in control and have fun. Eventually you’ll pop out on an old dirt “road” called Baker Road, and that its. From here you can either head straight across to Mormon hollow and further from your start point or take a left to loop back toward the parking lot. A good way back to the car would be to take the trail at the top of the hill which drops you off at the beginning of Maple leaf. I hope you all get out there and get some adventure!