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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

From Hikes to Hunting

The weather is cooling and the bugs are gone.  That means its the best time of the year to be in the woods.  I've been getting better acquainted with our piece of the mountain in Island Pond and exploring new trails down in our neck of the woods a lot in the last few weeks.  Emily has been my ever constant companion.  

While Shawn constantly adds a worry about hiking on my own, especially with a baby, it hasn't deterred me from hitting the trail.  I just have to prepare before I do it.   Just like later this week, when I am taking a day off work to take photos of foliage with Emily in tow, I will have to prepare a lot for an entire day with her on the road.  

I've found that over the past several weeks that hiking has become 'what I do' on the weekend.  No longer does walking through the neighborhood quench my thirst for getting out of the house.  I want to be in the woods.  In the middle of nowhere.  Most importantly I want the feeling of conquering elevation.  The feeling of accomplishment felt when you reach a mountain top is multiplied by ten when you are carrying a twenty two pound baby on your back.  

Does hiking get more beautiful?  I don't think so!

Walking up the old skidder road to the top of our property.  Look how high up it is!

Emily and I make our own trail!  This is somewhere way up on our land.

I'm still working up to conquer Mount Washington.  That's been my goal for years to hike it one day.  Whether I'll be able to do it with a baby on my back, though, is uncertain.  Since the leaves are starting to change I don't think it will happen this year.  Any day now there will be snow up at the peak!  --yes I said the "s" word.  I'm not afraid of any snow.  In fact, I'm wishing for it, because my skidoo has been patiently waiting for me all summer long. 

Okay, so I won't rush the seasons.  I've got plenty going on in the next few weeks....

  • The foliage is almost here and my camera is more than ready.
  • Our 4th wedding anniversary is approaching, which means a trip up the autoroad on Mt Washington for our annual photo
  • The annual fire department banquet in Island Pond.  Despite not being members since we moved we still go every year, have a great dinner, and then lots of dancing and drinks with our old friends
  • Moose season begins.  Vermont at its finest.  Shawn, Emily and I will be at the weigh station opening day like we are every year, along with most of Island Pond.
  •  Trail work.  Now is the time to work on the trails on our land.  There are lots of new roads to construct.
  • Deer season and hunting camp.  Camp, and my rifle, needs to be cleaned, prepped, and ready for deer season.  I am going this year and am looking forward to breaking out my tomboy side.
  • And lord knows what else....
So, I am not really sure where this post is going.  Its sort of one tangent that began with hiking and ended with summarizing my plans for the fall season.  Take from that what you will.  Either way, I'm just excited to be outdoors enjoying everything that makes Vermont awesome.

Be jealous if you aren't here!


Rachel said...

:) I can't wait to see more posts ahead as it looks like you will be busy with your camera in hand. I love the photo with you and Emily with the mossy rock in the background. Fall is a wonderful time!

Mrs. H said...

Those are amazing pictures! You live in such a beautiful place :) Thanks for sharing, and I can't wait to see those beautiful pictures. I am jealous by the way! :)

HickChickBritt said...

Which backpack do you use when you are hiking? All we have is a Bjorn and with a 20+ pounder I am dying!

Diana, Down Home Traveler said...

Ah I miss the Fall and hiking in VT more than anything! Ugh - this time of the year is so hard being away from home! Enjoy it for me please!

Anonymous said...

Iam jealous!! It is great that you get outside so much with Emily!!

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