Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pic of the day: We’re having a contest

Hiking up Hedgehog

Hiking up Hedgehog

One year ago today, Janelle and I had just completed Hedgehog Mtn., only our 9th 52’er! So, I unearthed this nice shot from the archives of our Hedgehog hike.

Tomorrow, we head to R.I. and Conn. for meet and greets, and hikes and all sorts of fun. We’re calling it the “We hope somebody shows up” Tour! All you R.I. and Conn. fans, check out this link and come say hi. Denali Wakefield Hike and Signing

But something else occurred to me, we’re only 20 LIKES away from hitting 500 fans on Facebook, wow! So tell you all what. Help us hit 500 by Monday and we’ll have an enormous give-away drawing, 10 items! I’ll give away t-shirts, and water bottles, and packs and whatever other stuff I can dig up! So spread the word near and far, B and TC want you!

If you are not yet a Facebook fan, here’s the link. Come join us! Facebook Buffalo and Tough Cookie

See you all on Monday, keep hiking and peace.

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This week in events

994550_10151791011060482_1984051102_nJust a quick post to let you all know about some great events this week. If you’re in these areas, stop by and say howdy. We’d love to meet you. And hike with you!

TODAY! Wed. Aug. 7, 2013: Book Signing / Reading. Woman’s Club of Concord, Chamberlin House, 44 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH. 5:30-7:30pm. We are coming back to the Woman’s Club to hang out with these wonderful people. Just two days after we finished our list, way back in Nov. they gave us a warm and lovely welcome. We were thrilled when they asked us to come back! This event IS free and open to the public!

Sat. Aug. 10, 2013: Hike / Presentation / Book Signing. Great Swamp, 227 Great Neck Road, South Kingston, RI / Denali Wakefield, Wakefield Mall, 160 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI. 9am – 3pm. Buffalo and Tough Cookie are heading to Rhode Island for an fun, all-day event sponsored by Epic Adventures Outside and Denali Wakefield. In the morning, the creators of the blog Epic Adventures Outside will lead us in a short, family friendly hike through Great Swamp Recreation Area. Then, we’ll all head back to the Denali Store for lunch and a presentation and signing by Dan and Janelle. Free but reservations required for the hike.

Sat. Aug. 10, 2013: Meet and Greet / Book Signing. Bank Square Books, 53 W. Main Street, Mystic, CT. 5-7pm. We are taking Rhode Island and eastern Conn. by storm! We’ll be in famous Mystic right after our stop at Denali meeting and greeting customers at this great indie bookstore. Stop by and say hi! This event is free!

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Hoofing it to Zealand Falls Hut

Hut #2 for Tough Cookie.

Hut #2 for Tough Cookie.

We stop for a long time on one of the wooden bridges that carries hikers over the swampy marshland near Zealand Falls and hut.

“Oh. My. God!” says Janelle. “Is that a leech?”

A huge leech, four inches at least, meanders peacefully through the mucky water below our feet. It looks like an eel. The creature is utterly revolting and completely fascinating.  Just a week earlier, at a wonderful event at Ragged Mountain Fish and Game Club, Janelle and Aaron got to swim in the club’s pond where they actually collected these things. For fun. This one is a giant. Still, her interest in creatures of the natural world that repel even me has been interesting to watch.

We hang out there for a while, basking in the sun, a decent breeze keeping bugs at bay. It’s been far too long since we’ve been on the trail. A window presented itself between gigs at White Birch Books and the Littleton Library and we weren’t going to let it pass without getting our boots dirty.

It didn’t take much arm-twisting to talk her into a hike to Zealand Falls and hut, two things she loves – water and cabins.

The Zealand Trail is mellow, beautiful and wide. We hike strong and sure, our enthusiasm for being back on the trail compensating for our flabby muscles and weak trail legs. Coming in between the hard work of planning and putting on two events, our original fear was that sandwiching a hike in there would tire us out. But the opposite is true.

Hiking with Tough Cookie, as always, is a joy, an elixir that refreshes and empowers us both.

Leech patrol along the Zealand Trail.

Leech patrol along the Zealand Trail.

The girl powers up the final rocky climb to the hut, and just spins for a bit taking it all in. “It’s like Lonesome Lake,” she says happily. “How many are there?”

“Like this one, eight.” I pause. “Yes, we can go to them all.”

She smiles, dumps her pack on the stairs and walks in like she owns the place. We feast on lemonade and snacks made by the hut croo called “Magic Coconut Cookies.” I try one first to make sure the “magic” part is something Janelle can eat.

After having our fill, we stroll over to the falls. We slip off our boots and socks, tuck our gear and snacks away in a safe corner and just play. The rocks are hot, the water is freezing and the sky is blue. We are in our playground, back in the place that started this journey, back in the place that gives us strength. Hikers of all sizes and ages come and go, including a fair number of girls Janelle’s age.

“Maybe we’ll come back,” Tough Cookie muses, her feet dangling off a rock ledge into the cool stream. “Maybe we’ll bring our bathing suits.”

Today is a day designed for playing in a waterfall.

Hut ahead!

Hut ahead!



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