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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Hiking and Backpacking

Gray Spring Hike on North Pack

April 27, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated June 5, 2019

After our final ski trip to Gulf of Slides, we pushed off hiking for a few weeks because it kept raining. At the end of April, we found a Sunday that was gray and windy, but only a 10% chance of rain. A friend of ours, Diane, is giving hiking a second chance. We invited […]

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Mount Morgan and Percival Spring Flowers and Caves

May 11, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 15, 2019

Saturday we hiked the Mt Morgan and Mt Percival loop. It had something for everyone: views for Tyson; rock scrambling, ladders, and caves for Isaac; and snow and wildflowers for me. Six miles total. We followed the route from the Terrifying 25, a list made by other hiking kids. We parked at the Mt Morgan […]

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Isaac and Grandparents Backpack

April 16, 2019
Trudy Phillips
updated May 15, 2019

Sunday night and Monday, it snowed about 2″ and the wind blew horizontally past the house. We were hoping that it would melt by Tuesday morning since the forecast was for a high in the 50s. No luck. We packed up on Tuesday morning, knowing that we were going out into below freezing weather. There […]

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Binney Hill

January 6, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated January 15, 2019

Still no snow on the ground this winter. Tyson spent the day working on the Bearhawk skis. I took Isaac for a hike. Isaac wanted to find more caves on Monadnock, but I said no. The air was a few degrees warmer than last weekend, when the whole family climbed Monadnock. But it was still […]

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Winter on Monadnock

December 31, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated January 2, 2019

New Hampshire had feet of snow in November, but since then, warm rains melted all the snow. Alternating between the rain storms, it’s been cold but dry. New Years Eve started cold and dry, with rain forecast to blow in that night. We left the house shortly after 8AM. The sun was shining when we […]

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Red Creek Swim

August 28, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 11, 2018

My favorite swimming hole (and many other people’s) is just north of the Breathed Mountain trail intersection with Red Creek trail. Above the swimming hole, there’s a solid rock beach for sunning. The tannic water falls off the side of the beach down a series of cascades to a pool roofed by trees. In spring […]

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Caves on Monadnock

August 19, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 5, 2018

“Is that the top?” Isaac asked looking up through the trees. “No, just a ridge,” I repeated. Shortly, our trail tee-d into the Cliff Walk trail. Tyson stopped there for a bio break. “Isaac, want to climb this rock while we wait?” The bottom of the rock had many fissures and steps making it easy […]

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Backpack the Dosewallips to Anderson Glacier, Olympic Peninsula

August 27, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated August 22, 2018

In August 2017, we backpacked seven days into the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula. Here’s the story of how we took our 4 year old up five thousand feet to see glaciers, bears, and alpine meadows. This trip succeeded largely because of advanced planning. I’ll write a future post with the details. I’d also like […]

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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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