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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Hiking and Backpacking

Rest day hikes in Lubec, ME

August 18, 2021
Emilie Phillips

After our 17 mile paddle the day before, we were all ready for a rest day. By foot, we explored trails near our rental cottage and Quoddy Head.

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Monadnock kids caves

September 10, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Isaac had a friend over for a couple days. Isaac’s recent hour long play dates with other friends had tried my patience. So I picked an activity that I knew would keep Isaac occupied and on good behavior — hiking. I gave the two kids a choice: hike to the summit of Monadnock, or explore […]

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Mt Garfield

July 24, 2021
Emilie Phillips

There are definite advantages to having a house up in the Whites. We easily got to the trailhead by 7:30AM. I picked Mt Garfield purely because it was the closest significant mountain. The other family we hiked with was a bit more sensible and vetted the trail to make sure it was kid appropriate. That […]

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Mt Agassiz

July 18, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Isaac and I and some friends hiked the short 2 mile trail up Mt Agassiz this Saturday. That’s not much “adventure” by the standards of this blog. The rest of the weekend went to our other projects. Tyson has the front end of the Bearhawk in pieces. He is trying to make the oil cooler […]

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Roaring Plains Rim Loop

June 20, 2021
Emilie Phillips

Usually at the WV house, we leave the car parked in the driveway and hike from the house. This time we drove to Laneville to hike Roaring Plains. It gets its name from the frequent winds that blow over the ridge. We planned our route with a variety of partial or old sources: Monongahela National […]

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Friday I had vacation to celebrate Juneteenth. To enjoy the day, my parents, Isaac, and I went for a medium length hike in Dolly Sods, WV. It’s a loop I remember fondly from being a kid. All the woods have grown a little bigger. The grass has given way to more bushes. And the blueberries […]

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Sandwich Range Backpack

May 29, 2021
Emilie Phillips

We hiked our first backpacking trip in over a year! We opted for a less popular route to stay away from the Covid inspired crowds. Our intended route started at Olivarian Brook, climbed to Square Ledge, then four thousand footers: Mt Passaconaway, Mt Whiteface, South and Middle Tripyramid, and back down by Sabadday Falls. The […]

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Alternatives to a ski weekend

April 4, 2021
Emilie Phillips

We rented a hotel room in Gorham for the first weekend in April. From 4 days out, it looked like the weekend might be great. But as the weather forecast came closer and closer into view, Saturday’s forecast stayed below freezing. And Sunday, the mountain forecast got above freezing but with 50mph winds in the […]

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Hiking is easy to do with a family. All you need is a pack with the 10 essentials, and a plan for where to go. When we aren’t doing something else fun, you’ll find us relaxing with a nice hike, or going on a multi-day backing adventure.

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