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.

As it started to gently snow, we headed up the trail. We were glad that we had opted to put on our stabilizers (studded soles) since there were several areas where the recent warm temperatures had caused water to run down the trail and then subsequently freeze-up from the dropping temperatures. We passed one snowshoeing couple and their dog, but other than that we had the trail to ourselves.

Lindsay and Alden step down toward a stream crossing.

Lindsay and Alden step down toward a stream crossing.

Lindsay gets ready to cross the stream.  It's hard to see with a baby strapped to your body!

Lindsay gets ready to cross the stream. It’s hard to see with a baby strapped to your body!

We made it!

They made it!

About a mile up the trail we stopped for a short snack break. Alden had his first sip of something besides milk and water – some vitamin water we were carrying. Now that he’s older, we can’t get away with eating and drinking without him wanting some too.

Lindsay and Alden looking cute on the trail.

Lindsay and Alden looking cute on the trail.

Andrew points out a large hemlock next to the trail.

Andrew points out a large hemlock next to the trail.

As we made our way back down the trail, Alden fell asleep and we walked in silence with the snow falling and Rattle River bubbling. A pleasant walk for a pleasant afternoon.

The Rattle River

The Rattle River

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ruthi Worsham
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 18:37:40

    It is awesome that you are hiking with your baby!

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  2. Beverly
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 20:44:13

    I think it is really cool that a walk in the park with a sleeping baby is that terrific, especially with Alden and his wilderness-loving parents! I hang on every word and photo! Go figure!

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  3. Jan Kibbe
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 10:04:57

    I always love reading about your hiking adventures, Lindsay. Now you are introducing a new generation to the beautiful woods. Hi to all of your little family! Enjoy, it won’t be long before Alden is running along with you.
    Jan

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