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Monday, November 30, 2020

Mount Willard

 Another night camping in the white mountains. Today, I beat the midday rain by climbing Willard for a short 3-mile hike that packs a great view. I think it’s time I get some new boots. Today, I reflected on a busy fall of work. These hikes are a chance for “me” time- a chance for me to reflect, raise my heart rate, breath in nature, and recenter. Follow the process; careful wins.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Galehead Mountain

 Today, I woke up at 4am in the parking lot of a trailhead. I made a short drive to Glen River trailhead, and hiked up to Galehead today. It always takes a couple of hikes for my body to cleanse itself (which often results in a headache), and for my mind to disconnect. Today, a pair of gray jays by Galehead Hut reminded me to stick with the plan and store some away for later. I couldn’t have asked for better weather. 


The busy fall field season has ended, and the northern hardwoods have reclaimed me for the week. Lincoln NH is quiet. I write from Pemigewasset parking area. It’s 4am, and I’m gearing up for Galehead today - a hike with a nice wilderness view. Yesterday, nimbus clouds kept me lower in elevation. I did Mount Pemigewasset and it didn’t disappoint. Soggy, foggy and drizzly - moody weather always recharges me. 

The Tao Te Ching says to be like water; water knows how to benefit all things without striving with them. So - be like water, they say. In the valley, an emerald green stream nourishes plants and animals while rushing to find sea level; drizzle accumulates as a steady trickle from tree branches, as fog lifts from the earth to insulate the air. Trees transpire, and puddles slowly leach. My perspiration cleanses my body as I slip and slide on the first ice of the season - time for a water break. From summit, a gentle flurry reminds me to be graceful. Water is graceful, dynamic, and independent. It’s a magical substance which adapts to its environment well. But water can never be a mountain, or a bush.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

November Paddle to Nomans Island

 10-mile paddle to Nomans Island and back. Nomans Island is 4-miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. It’s owned by the fish & wildlife service, and has historically been used for target practice by the US Air Force. What a beautiful fall day filled with feeding gannets, beached whales, seals and more! The bottom picture is from Squibnocket where we put in. It’s illegal to land on Nomans land and for good reason. It’s filled with dangerous unexploded ordinance, and pristine wildlife habitat. It may be the most wild stretch of land on the northeastern seaboard.