March 30, 2016
March 26, 2016
Erin wanted to have a small family get-together to celebrate Alden's first birthday. Since the weather was so nice, we ended up meeting for a hike at Great Bear. We set off on the Upper Quarry Trail, then cut over on the Root Hill Trail to the river. Here were took a long break to snack, throw rocks in the river, and open a few presents, which my sweet little guy carried in his backpack for the entire hike. Alden was more interested in exploring than in the actual presents, but he will certainly enjoy them later absent the excitement of trees!sticks!dog!
March 20, 2016
March 12, 2016
I asked Erin to pick the meeting spot for this hike, again suggesting we do something on her side of town to make it easier to fit the hike in between Alden's two naps. I remember well how sacred the nap was in those days, so long gone for me and my big boy. She suggested the Berm Trail at Three Rivers, to which I readily agreed because I hadn't hiked that trail in years. I should clarify that the "Berm Trail" is not an official name; there are no marked or named trails at Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area. However, it is a big place with a lot of woods roads and parking areas, and we went there frequently growing up. As a result, we've developed quite a few "in-names" we use amongst the family to refer to specific destinations.
March 9, 2016
Erwin doesn't hike with us very often because he operates on a completely different schedule. However, he does enjoy hiking and is prone to the inevitable restlessness pulling so strongly toward the outdoors this time of year. When he saw today's weather forecast for unseasonably warm temperatures, he decided to sacrifice some sleep and come out for a hike with me. As soon as he mentioned the idea, I knew immediately where I wanted to go! The Skyline Trail is 6.1 miles. I've wanted to hike this trail for a long time, but logistically, it hasn't been feasible, since it is beyond Frankie's current range. To accomplish it solo, I'd have to do an out-an-back totaling over 12 miles with significant elevation gain, which is not something I could realistically do in the window between dropping Frankie off at school and when I'd need to be back to pick him up. Two cars would let us complete this hike as a traverse, making the distance more manageable in our available time window.