Valentine’s Ski

The temps might be cold, but if you bundle up, keep active, and stay in the woods, you can stay very comfortable.  For this adventure, Andrew and I went to explore the newest cross-country ski center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire: Ski Hearth Farm in Sugar Hill.  We learned about this place from an article in a local paper which mentioned that the ski touring center was open for its’ first season this year, and no fees would be collected until they had a chance to amend a conservation easement.  It is also an active growing farm with a CSA that we plan to join for fresh veggies all summer long.

The wonderful view of the mountains and the farm from the Red Trail Loop.

The wonderful view of the Franconia Range and the farm from the Red Trail Loop.

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Sno-Mo Walk

The other day we were desperate to get outside for a short walk so we headed down to one of the closer snowmobile trails.  The snow wasn’t too deep and we knew that snowmobiles wouldn’t be on the trail, and we were excited to explore a new area in our hometown of Bethlehem.  We parked at the corner of Trudeau Road and Route 3, put Alden in the backpack and headed out on the trail.

Andrew carries Alden at the beginning of the walk.

Andrew carries Alden at the beginning of the walk.

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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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