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TrishandAlex
10-03-2009, 04:48 PM
Cut and pasted from http://www.sagehikes.blogspot.com
Accompanying pictures can be found there.
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Mt. Pemigewasset Trail, 3.4 miles roundtrip from the Flume Visitor Center parking lot.

Never spend a gorgeous day inside, not if you can possibly help it.

Since the two weekend days ahead of us were supposed to be cold and rainy, we took advantage of this beautiful Friday morning and escaped the confines of our house.

Mt. Pemigewasset seemed a good choice for a hike, being a nice little mountain not far from our Campton home. The girls were rarin' to go.

They ran much of the first half of the trail...

...then they slowed after bounding up a couple of the moderately steep pitches. I caught up with them and we walked together, admiring the beauty of the multi-colored leaves.

Exposed root systems were an object of wonder, especially this one.

Many water and snack breaks were taken, though I suspect our stops were just an excuse to play in the dirt. No matter, comes with the territory of hiking with munchkins.

Eventually we made it all the way up, and Alex let out a joyful "whoop!"

We quickly rounded to the left and touched the high point, where the girls decided they wanted to go barefoot.

Franconia Ridge lay to our east, but much of it was in the clouds. We decided to return to the first ledges and soak up those unobstructed views to the south and west while eating our snacks.

While we were lounging about, Hal and Peg of Trailwrights arrived! Meeting them was an immense pleasure. They were very kind and allowed both the girls to work their "measuring wheel."

We sat with them for a while, the grown-ups chatting and the girls playing with bits of dirt.

After a couple hours on the summit, we headed back down. The girls ran much of the way, stopping now and again to admire bits of nature. Alex noticed this tree had a small pot belly on it. Sage points out the bellybutton.

Another nice day in the mountains with my two vivacious daughters.

Brad
10-03-2009, 07:06 PM
Very nice!. It is so nice to have a flexible educational schedule!

Stets
10-03-2009, 07:09 PM
Way to go!

It's nice you guys escaped and got outside before the weather changed.

I find it amazing how often you get out there.

KSearl
10-03-2009, 07:42 PM
Sounds like a great hike. Thanks for sharing the details. Were you able to see the Indian Head Profile from the Pemigewasset Trail side?

I think my wife and I are going to try this mountain this month. We have been debating climbing the Mt. Pemigewasset Trail or Indian Head Trail. I wish it could be done as a loop without having to trek up Route 3. It seems as though it would be easy to bushwack a connector trail from one to the other on the east side of 93...however, I'm certain it is easier said then done.

Does anyone have any experience with both trails for comparison sake? Would anyone have any recommendations on which one we should give a go?

Thanks,
Karl

TrishandAlex
10-03-2009, 08:14 PM
Hi folks, thanks!

Brad, yes, flexibility is very nice indeed. :)

Stets, I like to get the kids out each week. I feel this kind of experience is just as important as anything else in their lives.

Karl, no, we did not see the profile as we hiked. Also, everyone we met came up the Mt. Pemigewasset trail side. I haven't hiked up Indian Head Trail myself, but I hear it is not maintained as well as the Pemi Trail. However, again, haven't seen it myself, just going on hearsay.

mtruman
10-03-2009, 10:27 PM
Yup, another great day in the classroom! Wish I'd known that you guys were doing this - we might have joined you since we were in the area. I love the first shot of the two forest elves...

1HappyHiker
10-04-2009, 10:09 AM
Your reports are always such an entertaining read!

Nice photos . . . especially the ?bare feet? snapshots. Bare feet (as opposed to bear feet), are something that you don?t see too often in the Whites!

CHRIS
10-04-2009, 10:17 AM
Another great trip report and your pictures were wonderful. Looks like the colors are coming in nicely. We all have to remember not only does Trish have terrific students to teach but the girls have a terrific teacher to. Thanks for bringing us along on your journeys. I look forward to reading your post every week.

Snow Miser
10-04-2009, 04:39 PM
Great photos and TR. We can tell that the three of you had an awesome day. Thanks for sharing!

TrishandAlex
10-04-2009, 05:57 PM
Mark, John, Chris and Bob -- thank you for your nice words.

You guys are always so supportive of even the smallest hikes the girls and I do. :) We appreciate it.

John -- Sage would hike up barefoot if I let her. She doesn't like to wear shoes. :rolleyes:

claaky23
10-05-2009, 02:28 AM
Its too bad all parents don't try to get out with their kids more frequently, it looks so fun and rewarding!

Those foliage pics are awesome, you picked a great day. A few friends and I headed up Killington Peak saturday for my bachelor party; chosen for proximity to brewery, and had NO views from the top, which was too bad since it looks like the leaves are in peak form from your photos!