Recent Adventures

Bluebird day in the Bonds

The lesser-known of two ridges.

June 10, 2018

What an awesome day. Beautiful trails, beautiful weather, views for miles and the trail (mostly) to ourselves. At 20 miles, this out-and-back is a long hike for a casual day hiker. However, it’s pretty doable if you keep a steady pace since the first and last 2.8 miles on Zealand trail are very flat and easy. The rest, however, is more typical of the Whites. The hike starts at the end of Zealand Rd, one mile past the trailhead for Hale Brook Trail. As mentioned, Zealand trail is super easy, but it’s not boring. At first you’re hiking through a...


Covered Bridges Half Marathon

Sometimes, its just not a good day for racing.

June 03, 2018

The Covered Bridges Half Marathon (CBHM) is a famous race around here. It attracts many folks from the area and from New York and Boston for its scenic route past idyllic Vermontyness, and for its approachability as a “flat” (or even “downhill”) profile. Lately, I’ve been more interested in the less approachable stuff – the ultramarathons on single track trails up and down mountains – but I decided to get online to sign up for CBHM at just the right moment many months ago to check out the hype. Plus, I (mistakenly) figured that I’d be automatically in shape for...

Running to the finish
Running to the finish

Memorial Day on Franconia Ridge

Just the basic loop.

May 28, 2018

I left my hike planning until the last minute. After a busy week moving, traveling, then hosting company less than a week after moving into our new house, and with an inkling of a chest cold, I wasn’t sure a Memorial Day hike was in the cards for me. But I woke up, ate a leisurely breakfast, and as my husband Cody left for work, I quickly got my things together and followed my heart towards Franconia. I thought that choosing one of the most popular hikes on a holiday weekend might be ill advised. Surely now that the culturally-official...

Franconia Ridge through the cloud.
Franconia Ridge through the cloud.

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