Backpacking


Within the realm of possibility

Within the realm of possibility

We live in a fallen world, not a fairy tale. The potential for great evil resides in every one of us. I am increasingly aware of this the older I get. Every chance we take carries a risk, the possibility of loss.

Home Again

Home Again

We're home again from our brief, one night hiking trip on the IAT in New Brunswick. Québec charges backpackers a fee to hike the Québec portion of The International Appalachian Trail or Sentier international des Appalaches. These fees are modest (though still high in my estimation) for a single backpacker. ...

I Should Be Grateful (and I am)

I Should Be Grateful (and I am)

Our family went on an overnighter backpacking trip this weekend. The kids did amazing (we all did!) The trail was relatively flat, no elevation gains or losses to speak of compared to mountain hiking, so we trucked an amazing 18 miles in 2 days. 18 miles! With packs! In the ...

Going to the Woods

Going to the Woods

When life is most crazy that is often the point we most need to "check out". To go to those places that restore, refresh and recharge our batteries. Nice in theory, hard in practice. We make a point of being outdoors and unplugged once a week together and that hasn't ...

Backpacking at Horns Pond and a Creative Recharge

Backpacking at Horns Pond and a Creative Recharge

Today is my hiking day-off. I realized late last summer that if our family was going be hiking almost every weekend I needed a day off once every few months. Physically, emotionally and mentally. I need this time to recharge my creative batteries. photo credit: Laurent Tougas Time to putter ...

I go to the woods

I go to the woods

We went backpacking last weekend to Gentian Pond. Here are a couple trip reports from last summer: Gentian Pond Trip Report and The rest of the backpacking story. On Friday we hiked 3.5 miles up to the shelter and set up camp there. Saturday we took a short mid-day hike ...

The rest of the weekend backpacking story

The rest of the weekend backpacking story

Today is the Saturday of a mostly at-home Labor Day weekend for our family. Monday will be a late summer day trip to the ocean to frolic in the chilly north Atlantic surf, read a little, maybe knit, picnic, walk the beach and climb rocks. Perfect if you ask me. ...