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Archive for 'Hiking'

Juddmandefer Adventures!

Ken and Leslie came to visit this week! Like me, Ken likes to keep busy with fun activities during vacation, so we were happy to oblige. After they arrived on Monday, Brian picked them up and they settled in, went grocery shopping, picked up a mountain bike for the week, took a short nap, and […]

Wildcat Trail Report

This Saturday we tackled our first 4000 foot peak of the season. Since I had gone to the Red Sox game the night before, we didn’t even try to get an early start. Sometimes it is nice to linger over coffee, catch up on sleep, and roll up to NH at our leisure. We set […]

Grand Canyon (Finale)

We decided to start our hike out of the canyon by 6am, considering that the Bright Angel Trail is about 10 miles (vs. South Kaibab’s 7 miles) and that we expected temps on the rim to be much warmer than at the bottom of the canyon. Also, we had dinner reservations at El Tovar awaiting […]

Grand Canyon Part 2

After settling in, we found some benches in the creek and “iced” our legs in the cold water. As tired as we were, we feared that napping would hinder our ability to sleep that night (especially given the communal “bunkhouse” accommodations with likely snorers in our midst), and the canteen had already closed to prepare […]

Grand Canyon Day 1

After another tasty breakfast Monday morning in Sedona, we drove back to the Phoenix airport to pick up Dan. We then headed back north to the Grand Canyon. We arrived about 3:30 in the afternoon and our trip organizer, Hanley, met us in the parking lot with keys to our rooms at the Bright Angel […]

Sedona and Oak Creek, 10/17/2010

Even trying to “sleep in” we both were plenty awake at 6am local time (9am east coast). We decided to go for a run down to Red Rocks State Park (the back way, along Verde Vista Road). It felt really good to run after taking a couple days off and being stuck in a plane, […]

Sedona and Oak Creek 10/16/2010

We landed in Phoenix at 10am local time, meaning we had almost a full day ahead of us to enjoy Sedona and Oak Creek. Hertz surprised us with a red mustang convertible – perfect for an Arizona vacation! We loaded up our gear and were on our way north. The Penrose B&B turned out to […]

Mt. Willey (#38) – The Stairmaster

This weekend we decided to tackle Mt. Willey (4302′), a short but steep hike. Unlike our last hike, we knew this one would climb right out of the parking lot – no warmup, and not much change in grade, just an efficient walk up the mountain followed by retracing our steps down. We set off […]

Mt. Flume (#36) and Mt. Liberty (#37)

We set out on August 7, a gorgeous Saturday, to tackle two more peaks on Brian’s 4000′ list. Because it’s been so dry, and the humidity was forecasted to be low, we thought it was a perfect day to hike Mt. Flume (4325′) and Mt. Liberty (4459′). The guide book rates the loop as a […]

The Carters (#34 and #35)

On Memorial Day we headed up to do some hiking in the Whites. We enjoyed the open road tolling at the Hampton Tolls on the way up and back – we hope they make this a permanent upgrade! We decided to start near the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center and head up the Imp Trail to […]