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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Searching for the Cable Car

The entrance to Austin Brook Trail.

The entrance to Austin Brook Trail.

A couple of weeks ago there was an article in the Berlin Daily Sun about a cable car being installed to cross Austin Brook over in Shelburne, NH.  In some years, the Brook flows high and fast, blowing out bridges and making crossing the water dangerous, so a local family donated the cable car to provide better access to the trails on either side of the river.  There wasn’t a lot of details about the whereabouts of the car in the article and they indicated that they still had some work to do on it, but we thought we’d go over to those trails and see what we could find. More

Moriah Gorge

The Wild River

The Wild River

We did this hike back in August and after a few weeks of just not having the time to finish it and then a few more weeks of a broken computer, we’ve finally come around to publishing it!  Enjoy!

On that weekend we ventured to find Moriah Gorge on the Wild River Trail.  We parked at the USFS Wild River Campground off the Wild River Road in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This is the same place where we started our Blue Brook hike last year. More

Hermit Falls

It’s been a while since we’ve written a post, but don’t think that means we haven’t gotten outside!  Our treks are a bit milder these days now that we have baby in tow, so sometimes they just don’t warrant a blog posting (not to mention the lack of time to write).  Anyway, we did get out last Sunday for a fun family hike to Hermit Falls along the Basin Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The Basin Trail to Hermit Falls.

The Basin Trail to Hermit Falls: 1.3 miles to falls.

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