A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Trip Planning Guides

I used to think I would make detailed descriptions for the locations we love to visit, but other websites have sufficient instructions. I don’t need to duplicate them. However, most other websites don’t have the awesome photos that we take. So click through our trip reports to find inspiration for your next trip. On this page you can find

  • a map of our trips
  • detailed descriptions of some of our favorite trips
  • guidebooks we have used

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Major Trips

Once or twice a year, we go on a week long adventure, generally in the western US, but sometimes closer to home. Every one of these has been memorable and I would go there again. See the page with all major trips.

I wrote guides for a few of these destinations

The Lists

Living in New England, there are lists, most notably the 4,000 footers of the Whites. We have also worked on more offbeat lists.

Hiking lists

Flying lists

There aren’t many flying lists

  • Emilie attempted to fly to all the airports in Maine one year. That didn’t quite work out.
  • Some people put together a list of airport diners. Siting and eating with other pilots and trying to make small talk isn’t Emilie’s thing. But maybe you would like it.

Other lists

Why are there no New England kayaking or skiing lists? Clearly I need to make some up.

Flying Destinations in New England

Active events and venues

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  • Alton Bay ice runway in NH.
  • Bowman Field in Maine. This grass strip in north western Maine hosts a multi-day fly in late summer and a ski fly-in mid-winter.
  • Hampton Airfield in Hampton NH. Great place to learn how to fly or get your tailwheel endorsement. Also has a good airport restaurant.

Former fun destinations

  • Stuart & John’s Hay Field — closed as of January 2020
  • Epping Field – I haven’t heard anyone going there in a while, so I’m guessing the old guy who owned it and flew in his youth has passed.

Back Country Skiing in New England

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Cross country ski trips

  • Avalanche Brook from Pinkham Notch down towards Jackson. Emilie thinks this is a cross country ski trip. Other people think you should bring heavier gear.
  • Greeley Ponds

Down Mountain (Telemark, AT, or splitboard)

  • Oakes Gulf steep telemark on Mt Washington.
  • Crescent Ridge down mountain glades maintained by the Granite Backcountry Alliance in Randolph NH
  • Cardigan Mountain is good for beginner to advanced down mountain. It has a few cross country ski trails, but not many.
  • Down the Wildcat Valley trail from the alpine ski area to Jackson. We used to ski this as a nordic ski trip, but recently we have been parking at Prospect Farm. This turns it into a shorter, almost all downhill trip.

Former good places to go ski

Hiking in New England


The best guide books to hiking southwestern NH are

Our trip reports from southern NH

Isaac and Lake Winnipesaukee

Middle of New Hampshire

  • Belknap Range south of Winnipesaukee. This range extends from Gunstock ski area on the west to the very popular Mt Major on the east. Lots of views, with some striking views north towards the lake and White Mountains. Trails and map maintained by a local club. Our trips.

Kayaking

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Southern NH / inland central MA:

Sea Kayaking general resources

Some specific sea kayaking locations:

Rock Climbing

  • Marlow crag in south western NH. It’s a small crag with ~10 routes. It dries out early in the spring unlike Pawtuckaway.
  • Pawtuckaway State Park has a bunch of bouldering spots and two good top roping areas.