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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
16 Apr
The Leaves are on the Trees: Season 3 Opener

The Leaves are on the Trees: Season 3 Opener

Season Opener: Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina * At some point this February, my husband set off to retrieve the family camper from South Jersey. We had (once again) dropped the pop-up off for some repairs at the dealership, where it proceeded to stay for the better part of two months awaiting parts and pieces. At last everything was right as rain and while Jeremy went to pick it up, I did boring weekend chores like grocery shopping and banking. Well. We just happened to pull back into our driveway at the same time Jeremy was pulling up... Read More

Getting Back to Real Life (yeah, we work and stuff)

Before we left for Sussex a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about the upcoming trip. As I was describing some activity we were anticipating, she cut me off to ask a very fair and very pertinent question. She couldn’t have cared less about the hike I was trying to sell her. What she wanted to know was how I got all the weekend chores done and was able to go back to work on the Monday after a trip without the whole house being in a state of chaos.This is such a mom perspective. I remember one of our first weekend trips... 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

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