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08 May
Mt. Mitchell: On Top of the World (as far as us East Coasters are concerned)

Mt. Mitchell: On Top of the World (as far as us East Coasters are concerned)

Seven or eight years ago, Jeremy and I were spending our usual couple of weeks in Asheville during the month of July. The free music festival Belle Chere is held there every year on the last weekend in July, and we had our pre-parenthood traditions that included lots of late nights listening to music in crowded bars, followed by sleeping in until all hours, and then maybe getting around to an afternoon hike. One of these lazy afternoons was hot and humid enough to chase us up to a higher altitude. We learned early on in our mountain... Read More
10 Oct
High Point in the Rain: As Peaceful as a Family Hike Can Get

High Point in the Rain: As Peaceful as a Family Hike Can Get

I might have to change the name of our blog to “Exposing Your Children to the Elements: 101 Days of Camping in the Rain.” We had a bad spell of weather in Cape May a few weeks ago, and then the storm clouds followed us up to Sussex County despite forecasts of beautiful, crisp fall days. Nevertheless we hiked, biked, and puddle-jumped on. I’m not encouraging anyone to take their kids to the pool during a thunderstorm, but seriously, I think we throw in the towel far to quickly when we wake up to a gray sky. First of all, the... Read More
25 Aug
Sometimes You Have to Get the Baby off Your Back: Dating in Acadia

Sometimes You Have to Get the Baby off Your Back: Dating in Acadia

Sometimes you just have to be open to what the universe sends your way. Last year the universe sent us some great camping buddies by way of a casual workplace acquaintance and some good ole pop-up camper chatter. A woman I had lunch with at work heard lots of stories while we were in the process of buying our new camper. These stories got passed on to her husband and, wouldn’t you know it, a few weeks later they had a pop-up and we were meeting for a weekend trip in Cape May.Fast forward one year and we are planning a two week camping... Read More
24 Aug
Return to Bubble Pond: The Past, Present, and Future

Return to Bubble Pond: The Past, Present, and Future

Stephanie in Acadia National Park, 2007 It may be cliche to say it, but I don’t care.  Having kids makes everything new again.  The first time Stephanie and I went to Acadia National Park together was back in 2007.  We had an awesome trip and did a lot of hiking and biking–accompanied by a lot of relaxing.  After the bike ride that was recounted in the last post, Stephanie decided to kick back and relax on a warm rock next to Bubble Pond.  She had earned it. Before we had the boys relaxation was an option at any point in the day.... Read More
23 Aug
Six Miles? No Problem! (Listen for the Laughter of the Gods)

Six Miles? No Problem! (Listen for the Laughter of the Gods)

So I was all juiced up on our first hiking experience with the boys, and the next day I was having one of those ‘Mama rocks’ moments that comes on the heels of events such as sleeping through the night for the first time since giving birth, cleaning out your basement, or getting to work on time with no visible stains on your clothing. This particular Mama Rocks moment manifested itself in the proclamation that “Of course we can do six miles. Yesterday was a breeze. And the boys loved it. And they fell asleep in the... Read More
20 Aug
How I Got My Hike Back On (or, buck up and put the baby on your back!)

How I Got My Hike Back On (or, buck up and put the baby on your back!)

I vividly remember the last hike that my husband and I did before our twin sons were born. I was about 3 months pregnant and blissfully ignorant of the fact that I was carrying two babies instead of one. I was desperately trying to be one of those pregnant warriors who pursue activities like spelunking right up until they feel the first pangs of labor and rush off to the hospital only to emerge the next day ready for a good rafting adventure. So anyway, we did a nice six-mile hike up to Apple Pie Hill, in the Pinelands of South Jersey. It was... Read More
17 Aug
A State Park You Can Visit in a Dress: Owls Head, Maine

A State Park You Can Visit in a Dress: Owls Head, Maine

In the spirit of the New York Times Photography (see my last grouchy post), I wanted to mention a lovely morning we spent visiting the Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse. When we left the campground that morning, I didn’t actually think we were going to be traipsing about in the great outdoors, much less climbing steep stairs and fighting off gusts of wind that wanted to lift my linen dress clear over my head and send me sailing out to sea. The loose plan was to take in a bit of ‘town’ with some shopping, a light lunch, and... Read More

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