From a short trip into Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on the day of the Interior Secretary's visit. Here are a few of us on Barnard Mountain, with a gorgeous view over Katahdin Lake to Mt Katahdin. This is on the International Appalachian Trail, and we met a through-hiker headed southbound all the way to Florida. It sounds like I may have to try out some more hiking on the IAT one of these days.
A short overnight in the White Mountains with a handful of good friends, including one who hadn't been backpacking ever, and one who hadn't been backpacking in the White Mountains. One of my favorite overnight trips in the White Mountains is going up the Nancy Pond Trail, then up the Desolation Trail on Mt Carrigain. This picture is from Signal Ridge on the way down Carrigain. There's a lot of good stuff to see on this hike, including two alpine ponds, a big waterfall, a 4000-footer with wonderful views, and an open ridge with more views. Can't go wrong there.
Road tripping and camping with kids means being flexible and adjusting itineraries. We decided to make our first stop Wegmans in Ithaca, for lunch and to buy food for the next two days. We explored the cafe before the kids decided on tuna subs, and we enjoyed a sit-down lunch. Then it was time to shop. Have you been to Wegmans? It was my second time in a Wegmans and the size was...overwhelming. Henry decided to wait outside with the kids. I had a short shopping list but it took FOREVER to find what I needed. One neat thing about Wegmans, if you happen to find one on your route, is the bulk section, which has a trail mix station. (I made a big bag of trail mix with peanuts, dark chocolate, craisins and banana chips.) I came back to the car to find that we already had our first boo-boo of the trip-- the little guy ripped his finger open after getting it caught in his car seat. No one was in any mood for the Botanical gardens. A quick stop for wine and we headed straight to the campground. I handed out chocolate chip cookies and Mickey Mouse band-aids and we were ready to roll, literally. I wish I could show you the road that took us from Ithaca to the campground but my phone camera could not do it justice. Suffice to say, when the kids said it felt like a roller coaster, it wasn't off-base! Camping with Kids 101: Flexibility is the name of the game.