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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Hiking and Backpacking

Fall on Monadnock

October 4, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated October 6, 2020

Apparently Monadnock State Park now requires reservations at their trailheads. That would explain why there were no parking spots left when Jody and I arrived at the Marlborough trailhead at 9AM. It is on a rough dirt road, so it is usually a quiet backwater. Jody is one of our newest neighbors. She picked up […]

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Loop hike to Belknap Mountain via Gunstock and airplane crash site

September 12, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated September 23, 2020

Grigory, Kaitrin, and their kid Colin took Isaac and I on a hike on the west side of the Belknap Range (map here). Colin is still doing shorter hikes, so we drove the very bumpy and steep dirt Carriage Road to the upper parking lot. We first hiked to the top of Gunstock. The deck […]

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Castle Ravine Scouting Hike via Mt Adams

September 6, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated September 17, 2020

This spring, we attempted to ski Castle Ravine but were stopped by open stream crossings. We had started at Bowman on the Castle Trail, then followed Israel Ridge Path and the Castle Ravine trail straight up the drainage. An alternate approach via Lowe’s Path and The Link stays away from the ravine until high up. […]

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Timber Point Trail

August 22, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated September 3, 2020

The last stop on our week long kayaking vacation was only intended as a break to stretch our legs. Tyson didn’t even bother GPS’ing the walk at first because it was already on Open Street Maps. About half way between our rental cottage and home, there is a piece of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge […]

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Outdoor fun with family friends

July 18, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 2, 2020

We picked one family to socialize with the last two weekends. This past weekend was especially fun because it wasn’t just the kids playing. Last weekend, Isaac had gone over to their house for a sleepover. This weekend we started by having Isaac’s friend David over to our house for a sleepover. Then we all […]

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Rocky Ridge Rock Scrambling

June 16, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 2, 2020

We are down visiting my parents in the mountains of West Virginia. It’s nice being home, even if it rained most of the week. But I suppose that’s how you get vibrant green but treacherous sphagnum bogs, carnivorous sundews, and meadows full of lavish ferns, laurel, and azaleas. We picked a loop to the northern […]

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Mount Shaw

June 7, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 2, 2020

We went north for a real hike this weekend. Not all the way to the Whites, where the news reports an unusual number of people getting rescued, and thus I gather is still very crowded. Instead, we went to the Ossipee Range just north of Lake Winnipesaukee. I have noticed a decrease in cars at […]

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Peirce Wildlife and Forest Reservation: More Stoddard Exploration

May 10, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 2, 2020

Continuing our quest to improve open street maps, we returned to a SPNHF property in Stoddard NH — the Peirce Wildlife and Forest Reservation. This time we picked trails on open street maps which were crudely drawn. We expected to see a few people. There was snow on the ground when we arrived. Not much, […]

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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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