He Hikes!

Hello fellow readers! So sorry it has been a long time since we’ve written a post, but we’ve been very busy. We have spent the good part of the spring and summer searching for a new place to call home and we moved in the beginning of September. The past month has been filled with packing and unpacking, getting Alden used to his new school, and exploring the 10 acres that we can now call our own. Last weekend we did get out for a short walk at Bretzfelder Park in Bethlehem, NH. It is owned and managed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and we were pleasantly surprised at how great it turned out to be for a quick morning walk in the woods.

Andrew and Alden

Alden and Andrew are ready for a hike in the woods!

wildlife pond

It took a little convincing to keep Alden out of the pond, but we found a trail next to the picnic table to divert his attention.

We parked at the small parking area for the wildlife pond, but there is also more parking just up the road near a building and pavilion. Alden is all about walking on his own and we left the backpack carrier in the car. The pond looks manmade and a sign said it is open for ice skating in the winter. We took the trail around the edge of the pond and into the woods, across a stream, and up the switchbacked trail.

Alden hiking

Alden navigates the trail like a pro.

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Almost to the top of the switchback trail.

This trail leads to the pavilion that hosts a number of talks open to the public throughout the year. We also found the infamous Memorial White Pine Tree which is said to be over 200 years old.  You can read more about the history of the tree here: www.therocks.org/bretzfelder.

Memorial Tree

The Memorial Tree towers overhead.

looking up

The tree is very tall. Alden fell over backwards right after this photo!

look up

One more look at the tall tree.

Lindsay and Alden bench

Lindsay shows Alden the map.

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Lindsay and Alden hanging out on the bench.

We will surely come back to this place to enjoy it throughout the year. A truly wonderful park to visit.  Now we’ve got to get back to unpacking!

Mosquito Walk

Last weekend our friend Sarah came to visit and we wanted to get out for a short hike. Alden is walking/running now and with the heat of the summer, putting him in a backpack carrier sounds hot and miserable, so we opted for a hike where we could push him in the stroller. We went to Cherry Pond and Little Cherry Pond at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge. We’ve hiked in this refuge to Mud Pond and blogged about it recently: Snow Pond.

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge

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Mountain Bike Trails Make for Long Hiking Trails

The other weekend we had to bring Lindsay’s car in for some brake work and decided to take advantage of the car-free afternoon on the network of trails next to VIP Auto in Gorham, NH. We crossed over the railroad trestle bridge on Route 16, not wanting to linger too long on the open grate bridge.

The railroad trestle bridge over the Androscoggin River.

The railroad trestle bridge over the Androscoggin River.

We stop for a quick picture on the bridge.

We stop for a quick picture on the bridge.

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Easter Hike

We had a quiet Easter this year and spent the afternoon hiking up Mount Cabot in Shelburne, NH. We parked at the Philbrook Farm on North Road, the same place we started our hike to Crow’s Nest.  It was an absolutely beautiful day with the sun shining bright and the temps comfortable in the 50’s.  Much of the snow has melted, but we still found some on the north facing slopes and shady spots, especially where winter snowshoers had packed down the trail.

Lindsay and Alden at the start of the hike.  Alden loves to hold onto pine cones.

Lindsay and Alden at the start of the hike. Alden loves to hold onto pine cones.

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Snow Pond

A couple of weekends ago the sun was shining bright, the temps were up, and we were on a mission to visit Mud Pond at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, NH. This short hike on a handicapped accessible packed trail with switch-backs leads down to a boardwalk and out to Mud Pond. We come here often and in all types of weather conditions and seasons (the parking lot is plowed in winter). The trail has only been open since 2011 and has already endured some senseless vandalism, but it has a core group of volunteers that continue to make this a great short hiking spot.

Lindsay and Alden are ready to hike.  Alden likes to hold the poles.

Lindsay and Alden are ready to hike. Alden likes to hold the poles.

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Rattle River

We ventured out for a short hike the other day while the weather was almost above freezing! On the way there, Alden fell asleep in the car so we made the short (15 minute) ride to the trailhead into a long (45 minute) journey so he could get a good nap in before we headed out on the trail. We had thought we would try a different trail, but in the winter you never know if shoulders will be plowed and we knew that the Rattle River Trailhead in Shelburne, NH is always plowed off.

Lindsay and Alden at the Rattle River Trailhead.

Lindsay and Alden at the Rattle River Trailhead.

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Short Snowshoe at Moose Brook State Park

Now that the busy holidays are behind us, we had to get outside.  The weather has been all over the map lately: rain, freezing rain, snow, and -15 to 34 in 48 hours!  With a 9 month old in tow, gone are the days that we can just “wing it” or “grin and bear it”.  Everything takes a lot more planning, fortunately we have a great park just down the road from us: Moose Brook State Park in Gorham, NH.

The office at Moose Brook State Park.

The office at Moose Brook State Park.

Andrew and Alden start their way up the snowmobile trail.

Andrew and Alden start their way up the snowmobile trail.

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