Littleton Dells

A couple of weeks ago, before the pre-Thanksgiving storm dumped a foot of snow in our area, we went out for short walk at The Dells Conservation and Picnic Area, maintained by the Littleton Conservation Commission.  We have driven by this several times now (Dells Road in Littleton, NH) and we were curious about what we might find, so we bundled up on a Sunday morning and headed over.  We also just bought a new backpack carrier for Alden to sit in and we were anxious to try it out.  He had outgrown all the other carriers that we had, you might have seen pictures of them in posts over the past year.  He helped pick out this new one himself, and seemed to really enjoy taking a ride in it.  More

Fox Hill

A couple of weeks ago Andrew was curious about a park he read about from fellow blogger 1HappyHiker, that sounded like a good destination for a hike with Alden, so we headed to the Franconia, NH town forest: Fox Hill Park.  We decided to follow the Gale River Trail which eventually brought us to walk along the edge of the Gale River.  At first the trail followed the river through gentle floodplain forest, but soon came along a ledge section with some swimming holes and interesting boulders.  We could see another trail across the river before reaching a trail junction where we took the Boundary Trail to make for a loop hike.  It was a little chilly the morning we hiked and had the entire forest to ourselves. More

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. More

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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