Bike Ride to the Old Man of the Mountain

A couple of weekends ago, we packed up our bicycles and headed to Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire. We parked at the Echo Lake Beach parking area – getting one of the last spots available. The Franconia Bike Path runs the length of Franconia Notch State Park and we’ve biked other sections (read…

Porcupine Ski

This morning we woke up to gently falling snow and cross-country skiing sounded like a great idea. Lindsay was anxious to get out so she suited up and headed out first to check the conditions. The fresh powder made the sliding easy but the temperature was 35 F so there was a little stickiness to…

Winter Picnic

A couple of days ago we headed outside in our own backyard for an exciting adventure. We traversed the softwood swamp and made our way out to a newly discovered stream. The water here had flooded and froze and flooded and froze over the past couple of weeks creating a fun ice skating rink and…

Tarleton Take Two

Last year we visited and blogged about a canoe trip to Lake Tarleton (read about it here), but it was so windy that day we were forced to stay near the boat launch for fear of tipping the boat in the white-caps. We finally had the chance to venture back there recently on an absolutely…

Off the Crowded Path

There are a lot of big hikes around us, but Alden isn’t quite ready for a 4000 footer yet. There are smaller hiking adventures, you just have to seek them out. Andrew recalled some short walks off Zealand Road and was reminded of a boardwalk and a wildlife pond. Unfortunately, the White Mountain National Forest…

Biking into Franconia Notch

Last weekend we dusted off our bicycles and took them out for our first Spring bike ride on a section of the paved bike path through Franconia Notch. We parked at the Skoocumchuck Trailhead parking off Route 3. This is also where the bike path begins at it’s northernmost point (or ends depending on your…

Snowshoe in the Rain

Last weekend we headed out to Beaver Brook Ski Area (picnic area) which is also a trailhead here in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. This winter ski and snowshoe wayside is one of the few winter-specific outdoor recreation areas in the White Mountain National Forest. It is easily found off Route 3. The weather has been on…