Monthly Archives: January 2013

Looking ahead for Buffalo and Tough Cookie

While digging through some photos for the book, we came across this one from our hike to Imp Face and thought we'd share. And yes, it's raining!

While digging through some photos for the book, we came across this one from our hike to Imp Face and thought we’d share. And yes, it’s raining!

With the 52 behind us and holiday craziness in the rear view mirror, we are planning for a great winter of urban exploring and some White Mountain hikes as well. In fact, tomorrow Buffalo and Tough Cookie will head off to (as yet) parts unknown for some kind of exploration. We just need to get outside and we’re not sure where that will be quite yet.

We also wanted to shout out a big hello and THANK YOU to a fan, Teri, for donating a great pair of Keen hiking boots to Janelle! They are a size seven, which at the rate the kid’s feet are growing, she ought to be able to put into use by summer. We are thrilled and humbled that Teri thought of us and we promise to use those boots till they fall apart on the kid’s feet. For that act of kindness, we’ll enter Teri into a drawing for a free, signed copy of The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie. Thanks again, Teri!

In other news, starting next week, we’ll bring a popular feature from our original website over here for our new fans to enjoy. Since ekpadventures.com went on hiatus to focus on B&TC, the one feature we’ve consistently been asked to reprise is our series on Bizarre Snacks. Adventures come in all shapes and forms, and since both Janelle and Aaron are eager participants in our journey through some of the strange and eclectic food and drinks we often imbibe and consume, we thought we bring Bizarre Snacks here and run it as an occational feature for our new fans. We’ll have a brand, spanking new Bizarre Snacks, right here, next week. So stay tuned. In the meantime, follow this link to EKP for some examples of popular past, Bizarre Snack posts.

If anyone knows of any Bizarre Snacks available in the New England area, let us know. We’ll eat them for you so you don’t have to. Then, if we survive, we’ll write about it!

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#2 Welch-Dickey: Out of my league (Excerpt)

(Edit note: Today we continue with Part 2 of our recap of our first two adventures. We now have vignettes and information about all 52 With a View mountains on our site. To find information on any mountain click the 52 With a View tab above for a complete list.)

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Tough Cookie uses hiking poles for the first time as she navigates open ledges. Note her school bag.

I’m startled at how many mushrooms and other fungi exist on a trail. Janelle and Aaron find all of it, every last stem and sprout.

And colored leaves.

And bugs.

And look at that weirdly shaped tree!

And what creature lives in this hole?

The boy is able to identify more flora than I am. I can’t answer their questions about simple tree identification. I’m in trouble here.

I’ve hiked to Everest Base Camp, and walked across England. I’ve climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers in 20 days. But this is different. I’m getting beaten up badly when it comes to micro-hiking. I make a mental note to begin looking this stuff up when we get back.

I consider simply calling off the hike and letting the kids run into the woods ten feet from the trailhead, and sitting down on a rock and waiting until they are done. It would be the most deeply explored 100 square feet of forest in all the White Mountains. After three hours, they would be able to write their college thesis on that patch of land.

So this is how it’s going to be?

Dickey-Welch: (11/20/11)

Height: 2,734 feet

Location: Near Waterville Valley. I-93 to Exit 28 to Route 49 to Upper Mad River Road west (for 0.7 miles) to Orris Road north (for 0.6 miles).

Our trailhead: The Welch Dickey Loop Trail, up and back.

Distance: 4.4 miles round trip.

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#1 Kearsarge: A beginning (excerpt)

(Edit note: This week, I thought we’d fill in some narrative holes. It occurred to me that we have no record here of our first two hikes. So, today, we’ll present a vignette from our first 52’er, Mt. Kearsarge. On Thursday, we’ll complete the list with a story from Welch-Dickey. Hope you enjoy going back in time this week.)

That's one tired Tough Cookie at trail's end after reaching her first 52'er.

That’s one tired Tough Cookie at trail’s end after reaching her first 52’er.

On a cold but cloudless November day, Janelle and I take our first steps toward Mt. Kearsarge and toward a journey that will ultimately change both our lives, though we don’t know this yet.

I walk up the road with this child, pointing out late-season chipmunks, trying to gauge how easily, or not, she gets cold. I have no clue how this is done. I have no clue who Janelle is.

She is eager, and strong. That much I know from the few small hikes we’ve taken prior to this big one. And she does not complain easily.

I’ve never hiked a serious mountain with a child before. Alone. So, I’ve loaded my backpack with so much emergency gear, it feels like we could be out in the woods for weeks.

There’s a road walk to the trailhead first, only about a mile, but she begins asking me when we’ll get there about half way up. I wonder if this is going to work.  I’ve heard horror stories from other parent hikers about the difficulties of getting their kids on the trails, away from the electronics, willingly into the wilderness.

“Is this the trail?” she wants to know. “Are we hiking?”

I wonder which way this is going to go.

Kearsarge: (11/5/11)

Height: 2,930 feet

Location: Wilmot. I-93 to I-89 to exit 10 to Kearsarge Valley Road to Kearsarge Mountain Road.

Our trailhead: The Winslow Trail, up and back. (Warning: Assume Kearsarge Mountain Road will be closed sometime by mid-October, in which case add a 2-mile round trip road walk to your journey.)

Distance: 4.2 miles round trip, including the road walk.

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Pic of the day: Determination

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”     – Dan Gable

Tough Cookie drops the hammer and finishes strong at our New Year's Day Millennium Mile race in Londonderry!

Tough Cookie drops the hammer and finishes strong at our New Year’s Day Millennium Mile race in Londonderry! She finished the mile in 8:24.

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Happy New Year! Ready for some resolutions?

Yup, Janelle and Aaron can clean up pretty well if they put their minds to it! Happy New Year from our crazy misfit family to yours! Janelle and I made some silly resolutions this year, including improving our running skills. (We finished yesterday's mile race with equal times of 8:24, not bad but we want to do better!) What are some of your resolutions for 2013?

Yup, Janelle and Aaron can clean up pretty well if they put their minds to it! Happy New Year from our crazy misfit family to yours! Buffalo and Tough Cookie made some silly resolutions this year, including improving our running skills. (We finished yesterday’s mile race with equal times of 8:24, not bad but we want to do better!) What are some of your resolutions for 2013?

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