Simple pleasures: a hike

The weather is finally suitable for non-winter outdoor activity, so I thought it’d be nice to go for a hike. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything outdoorsy and I’ve been missing it.

Last night, I bounced the idea of hiking Mt. Monadnock off Edi and that was met with an almost immediate veto. It’s not a big mountain, 3,165 ft., but claims to be the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world (after Mt. Fuji). Kids climb it regularly and I”m thinking it’d be perfect for ours.

Instead of Monadnock, we wound up at Chesterfield Gorge. That wound up being a great warm up for them. There’s a 7/10 mile trail down around the gorge and it’s a beautiful little hike.

While we were hiking, I tried to point things out to the kids. I gave them tips on trail walking, had them pause long enough to notice things like the water falls, the moss, different kinds of leaves, and so on. We talked about different kinds of trees and picked up a few dead leaves and needles to take back home and look up to see what kind of trees they were. Gotta keep the educational experience going, ya know? They were Oak, Maple, Pine, and Hemlock.

I asked the kids on the way home if they thought it’d be fun to climb Mt. Monadnock (we can see it from Keene). They’re definitely interested. Maybe soon…

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