Tag: Hiking

Walks, Boredom and Finding Magic in the Mundane

I am going to do the unthinkable and begin my post with a quote. Friedrich Nietzsche once said “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” While I don’t know about that, what I am certain about is that he wasn’t talking about neighborhood strolls with a couple of kids who have been cooped up at home for more than a month now.… Read the rest

The End of a Decade or Just Another Tuesday?

The only resolution I have for 2020 is to be outside more, ’cause as the Danes have been telling us for hundreds of years “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes” or something to this effect.

Walking clears the cobwebs in my mind. As my sneaker-clad feet sink into dead wet leaves and the sky above looks the same blue it always … Read the rest

Thoughts on Boredom and Walking

New England weather doesn’t always lend itself to outdoor activities. We had the Polar Vortex, the school-is-delayed-due-to-icing mornings, the rattle-your-windows kind of a windy day, and more. So however idyllic it may sound, “go outside and play” doesn’t always work here. This means we are stuck with an endless loop of wanted screen time amid chants of “I am bored.”

Is that really a bad … Read the rest

Slow Summer

I began the day by reading this delightful article On Eating Alone in Paris. There’s something so self-affirming about being alone and not feeling lonely. It’s like telling yourself, “Hey girl, I like spending time with you!”

As I was reading the piece on dining solo, I was reminded of a lovely little write-up by my aunt about a rare flower on her window … Read the rest

Happy Earth Day – Hiking New Hampshire’s Mt Kearsarge

Last year around this time, we were planning a hike up New Hampshire’s Mt. Kearsarge with our four year old. We visited the nearby¬†McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t visiting this blog space as often as I do now, so the ups and downs of the hike (both literally and figuratively) has been stowed away as a fun memory. Until today, a … Read the rest

Hiking Owl’s Head in Lake Placid, New York

If you want your holiday to end on a fun note, you got to set aside the last day for a short, scenic hike. With that logic in mind, we checked out of our hotel in Lake Placid and followed Route 73 towards Keene. After about 12 miles, we came upon Owl’s Head Lane to our right. On taking the dirt road that is Owl’s … Read the rest

Hiking Mt Jo in Lake Placid, New York

If you are looking for a short and moderately steep hike, that is also kid-friendly (not dog-friendly unless your dog is secretly a mountain goat), Mount Jo is the place to be. There are two trails, the long and short, that are quite self descriptive, and as always, the short trail is a tad bit more arduous.

We stayed in a hotel in Essex County’s … Read the rest

Pic(k) of the Week – A Walk in the Woods

Pic(k) of the Week – Macedonia Brook State Park

Pic(k) of the Week – Blue Jay Orchard in Bethel, Connecticut