Have you ever read an article about some mishap that happened to someone who was out in the wilderness and thought, “boy are they stupid!”? It often seems like people lose all common sense when they go into the woods! One of my favorite examples that I have read was that of a hunter who got lost in the Adirondacks and started walking looking for a way out. He eventually came to the NYS Northway (the major 4 lane highway of the area), crossed it, and kept on going, still lost!!! The movie The Blair Witch Project always bugged me for the same reason. Instead of following the river out, they crossed over it and walked in circles. Well, we had our own example of wilderness stupidity this past weekend. Continue reading “i shouldn’t be alive…”
It was June and the time had come. I had been waiting for this day for a few years and it was finally here. The kids were old enough to hike Mount Marcy!
At 5,344 feet, Mount Marcy is the highest peak in New York State. It is located in my very favorite place, the Adirondacks. My husband and I decided when we first had kids that we would not stop doing the activities we loved just because we had children, nor would we exclude them. Instead, we continued to do what we loved and adjusted accordingly based on the ability of our children. One of our favorite activities was, still is, hiking. All four of our children have been on a hike (in a front carrier) during their first week of life. By 4-6 months they have graduated to our Kelty backpack (best pack ever!) and by 4 years old they can hike 4 miles or so on their own. So, the summer our oldest two were 10 and 8, I knew it was time to conquer Mount Marcy!
June is the perfect time to go. Continue reading “conquering the mountain”