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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A Trip Around Shell Pond

On the Sunday before last we had a nice hike out to Shell Pond in Maine.  Just one mile east of Route 113 in Chatham, New Hampshire, is a private property open to the public for recreation called Stone House Property.  The trails are maintained by both the property owners caretaker and the Chatham Trails Association.  We arrived just after noon and were greeted by a small party of hikers that had just finished their own hike.  It looked like we would have the place to ourselves.

The Stone House gate to some wonderful, privately maintained hiking trails.

The Stone House gate to some wonderful, privately maintained hiking trails.

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