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Caps and castles on Mount Jefferson

On Friday, prospects for a hike up Mount Jefferson looked gloomy. The higher summits forecast called for steady 50 mph winds, with hurricane force gusts, and winter temperatures in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, as one weather system collided with another. … Continue reading

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Winter wonderland: Among the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon

When we stop to pull off jackets, I take in the snow-draped hoodoos towering above us. What was it like for Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce to wander into this amphitheater for the first time back in the mid-1870s? Did he … Continue reading

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One hike, many discoveries: A plane crash, a fire tower and stone-age couches

Would we find the plane crash? That was the motivating question as I hit the road early one morning in late June with three middle-school boys. More than 40 years ago, on June 18, 1972, a small plane bound for … Continue reading

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Intersecting slopes on Mount Chocorua, New Hampshire

As we hauled ourselves up the granite cone of New Hampshire’s 3,478-foot Mount Chocorua, a middle-aged woman picking her way down the granite ledges groaned as she stretched out her legs to ease herself down an especially large slab. My … Continue reading

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Art amidst the mills of North Adams

A decaying mill town on a gray November weekend in an isolated corner of Massachusetts might seem an unlikely destination, but North Adams had been on my radar for a while. The  Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art (Mass MoCA) offered intriguing, … Continue reading

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Three blogs for hitting the trails

The Arctic Vortex last week offered a good opportunity to hunker down and work on one of my New Year’s projects, which is to improve this blog. To that end, I am participating in the Word Press “Zero to Hero” … Continue reading

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Bushwhacking on Mount Tecumseh

Impossible as it may seem, within a few minutes of our hike up Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, my friend and I have lost the trail, and now find ourselves bushwhacking through a wet humid forest. Technically we are not … Continue reading

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Refuge in the sands

As all hell broke loose that Friday in Boston, the beach at Morris Island stretched for miles, empty and unpeopled, like the city in lockdown.   Instead of fear, the beach inspired tranquility and an almost medically-induced sense of relief at … Continue reading

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Winter dreams of summer days on Mount Washburn

On this cold winter afternoon in Maine, I am dreaming about summer days on Mount Washburn. The temperature is even colder today at Mount Washburn, but this past August, we slathered on sun screen and wore shorts and t-shirts when … Continue reading

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Exploring Caves and Climbing Ladders in the New Hampshire Lakes Region

  Our only regret is that we have arrived at the cave too late.  This roomy cavern, formed by boulders and slabs of rock that fell from the mountain long ago, offers both space to spread out and shelter from … Continue reading

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