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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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
- Guide to sea kayaking Tybee Island, coastal Georgia
- Guide to cross country skiing near Old-Faithful, Yellowstone
Living in New England, there are lists, most notably the 4,000 footers of the Whites. We have also worked on more offbeat lists.
- Fifty Two with a View Every hike on this list is worth seeing.
- Terrifying Twenty Five This list was put together by some kids looking for a challenge. It’s great for adventuresome kids and adults alike.
- Crazy Cave Hikes Our very own list of hikes with rock crawls and caves.
- For our own reference, the NH 4k.
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.
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
- 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
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
- Windblown XC Touring Center in south-western New Hampshire. They closed spring of 2020.
- Cedar Brook cross country ski tour. It used to be great, but now is overgrown.
Hiking in New England
The best guide books to hiking southwestern NH are
- The New Hiking the Monadnock Region. The hikes in this guidebook are short, but there’s enough information to find more trails in the same area
- AMC Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide. I usually reference this book to double check something I have found online
- Guide to the Wapack Trail by the Friends of the Wapack. Includes descriptions of side trails
- SRK Greenway trail guide.
Our trip reports from southern NH
- Monadnock Sunapee Greenway including Pitcher Mountain
- Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway
- Wapack Range including Watatic, South Pack, and North Pack Monadnock
- Mt Monadnock
- Gap Mountain next to Mt Monadnock. Much smaller, but with a good view of the big mountain, and plenty of blueberries.
- Purgatory Falls
- Pawtuckaway State Park. Also known for it’s rock climbing.
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.
Southern NH / inland central MA:
- Nashua River flat water paddles.
Sea Kayaking general resources
Some specific sea kayaking locations: