Great news -- each Tuesday, the outstanding Portsmouth Brewery will donate $0.25 from every bought beer to a charity of the patron's choice. Choose us, "Girls on the Way," and the money will go to Global Fund for Women in our honor. So -- go visit the Granite State's "oldest original brewpub" and drink up!
|View of Franconia Ridge from the top of our local (big) hill.|
I previously wrote the girls and I are going to do 4Ks every week until we leave, but, after a bit of discussion, we decided against that. There are four specific 4K hikes we all want to do, but other than those four hikes, we're going to stick to long-distance roadwalks and hill-trekking. There are a couple of reasons for our decision.
1) From what I understand, there are only a few mountains we'll need to climb on the Camino. Most of the trek will be on paved or relatively smoothed-over surfaces (not snow, rocks, or roots). We've discovered path-walking is actually more difficult for us than mountain-trekking, since our muscles are used to the latter and not the former. Therefore, we're now including more paved/hardened surfaces in our hikes.
|Me and 7-year-old Alex on Lafayette, March 2010|
Alex is now the youngest person to have hiked all 48 of NH's highest mountains during the winter (she was 9 years, 2 1/2 months old when she finished last March) -- I was worried 7-year-old Sage would want to try to break her sister's record, but, thankfully, that doesn't seem to be the case. Sage is capable of doing the entire list, no doubt -- she already has 8 winter 4Ks under her belt, including the longer/more difficult peaks Carrigain, Garfield, and Isolation. However, she has no desire to ascend the likes of view-less East Osceola, Hale, etc. In other words, if there are no views to be had, then she doesn't see the point.
|9-year-old Alex on Mt. Madison, Feb. 2012|
That being said, there are four specific, absolutely gorgeous winter 4K hikes she/we would like to do before our Camino -- Mt. Madison, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Moosilauke, and Lincoln/Lafayette. Those four hikes are, in my opinion, the best of the winter 4Ks. They're also potentially dangerous, since each of those hikes requires a fair bit of above-treeline winter hiking. The temperatures and conditions have to be just right -- and we want views! While we're waiting for sunny skies and calm winds, we'll continue our 10-15 mile road-and-large-hill walks.
The girls are set on their aforementioned packs. For a while, I thought I was going to buy a new one for myself, but then my car broke down and our downstairs heater finally died. I now have a heater that works and a brand new Subaru...while both these items were necessary, I hadn't planned on spending that much money this month (or next month, or the month after that). In other words, I can't afford a new backpack right now.
|Fall 2008 -- Alex was five, Sage was three, |
and my backpack still had all its pockets and straps.
***Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year thus far. I'll post again later this week.