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Addie with her new Camelbak.

Attack of the Chipmunk! Oh, and some camping and hiking…

For us, Labor Day weekend is reserved for camping. Even though Kendra and I start teaching the week before, we get Friday and Monday off, which makes for the perfect amount of time to head up to the White Mountain National Forest. Usually we go to Dolly Copp Campground, but ever since last year when […]

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Addie saying

Fun in New Hampshire’s White Mountains – Camping, Hiking, Train Rides, and Swimming!

I am amazed what a difference three months makes in a camping experience. In May, we took Addie camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and though she enjoyed it, she wasn’t speaking very much, staying up late, or hiking on her own. These past few days we returned to the White Mountains and […]

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Addison enjoying a snack on the Imp Face.

Hiking the Imp Trail, White Mountains National Forest, NH

Though New Hampshire’s “Old Man of the Mountain” has crumbled, the “Imp Face” still perseveres! This hike leads to a cliff on North Carter Mountain that, from afar, looks much like the face of an impish creature. The Imp Trail is located across from the Dolly Copp Picnic area off of Rt. 16, close to […]

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Hiking in Sumter National Forest in South Carolina

Today we went hiking with Kendra’s parents. Boris drove us all to Sumter National Forest in Walhalla, South Carolina to hike the Yellow Branch Falls Trail. One of two National Forests in the state, Sumter National Forest has over 370,000 acres of land. Though the headquarters are in Columbia, S.C., the forest itself is spread […]

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Hiking in the White Mountains

Thwarted by Irene

On Thursday afternoon, Kendra and I left school as the bell rang and headed to pick up Addie at daycare. Having packed the car that morning, we were ready to drive up north to Dolly Copp Campground in New Hampshire. Having been spared by Hurricane Irene, we hadn’t bothered to triple-check and make sure the […]

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Quads of Steel

Today we were up early (6:30am!) and decided to have a traditional camping breakfast. Okay, no, we actually decided to go to the little diner in the town of Gorham, NH, the closest populated place to Dolly Copp. They were having an all you can eat buffet, and Mark took advantage of this good fortune. […]

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Firewood, Tents, and a Moose

Kendra and I LOVE to go camping. Of course, once Addison was on the way, camping became a thing of the past. By the time the winter snow had melted, and we could camp again, Kendra was uncomfortably pregnant. So we hung up the hiking shoes for the year and focused on raising our new […]

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