View Full Version : Daddy/Daughter Day on Moosilauke 11/19/09

KD Talbot
11-20-2009, 02:31 PM
Lengthening Shadows

Moosilauke 4802'

Glencliff Trail

7.8 Miles 3300' Elevation gain

Kevin and Emma, Jeremy, Fred, Dick, Skip, Tim, Clay, and Dave

Nope, I have no daughters just sons. My current retired status is allowing me the luxury of some mid-week afternoon hikes like this. Jude, who is still working, calls them, "Daddy/Daughter Days" because it's just me and Emma. It takes a new way of thinking on my part because Emma has always been Judy's responsibility and they both came under mine. Now I am totally responsible for her on these hikes. We've only really done a handful without Jude when compared to all the one's we've done as a trio.

Along the Glencliff Trail

Making sure I leave the house with everything I need for Emma to have a comfortable hike is kind of new to me as Jude always took care of it. Luckily she still helps me with it, I just have to remember to bring it. Last week I was so focused on this that I left my camera at home. This week I managed to remember it.

Setting Sun

The 11am northbound start of our trip was one of the easiest commutes to the mountains we've ever had. Traffic was light and we made good time. Arriving at the parking area I was relieved to find that it was just as warm at the base of Moosilauke as it was at home. I hiked to the summit in a medium weight shirt, and I changed to another at the summit. Though we had been to the summit several times, this making our third time this year, we had never been on the Glencliff Trail before. Besides being a section of the AT it is just a beautiful trail starting out through rolling farmland and entering a deciduous forest full of some huge Grey and Silver Birches before it abruptly turns over to a beautiful mix of conifers.

Enjoying the Sunset

I had met most of the group I was to meet at the summit along the trail. We continued the hike together having all started at different times. There is a very nice outlook to the west high up this trail where it passes a talus field. A quick scramble will bring you to an improvised "rampart" that makes a great lookout. Just above this the trail connects with the Carriage Road to complete the hike to the summit. We arrived at the summit, changed into dry things and donned an extra layer against the lightest breeze I have ever experienced on Moosilauke. It was a beautiful afternoon.

New Moon

We hung around the summit, each munching down on various things. Emma did her usual "Dog vs Food" show. She is ravenous after hiking to a summit. For me, there's sort of a bewilderment being on a mountainside at this time of day. I marvel at the glowing light, the lengthening shadows, the colors in the sky. There is a new moon to complete the scene. The mountains turn blue then purple. The light fades. A half mile back down the trail we are all back down to shirts, the temperature is amazingly warm. Emma leads us out in the dark.

Complete pics here:



11-20-2009, 03:40 PM
how nice to see you to bond together

nice looking trip

Snow Miser
11-20-2009, 04:21 PM
Great TR and beautiful sunset photos! It looks like you had a good Daddy/Daughter Day with Emma. Thanks for sharing!

Anna LeBlanc
11-20-2009, 08:58 PM
Wonderful TR and photos.Nigel was really glad to see Emma's pictures back on the trail.Maybe someday we'll hike the Moose when we can actually see something besides clouds from the summit.:rolleyes:



11-21-2009, 09:52 AM
Have I mentioned how jealous I am of your retirement?! <sigh> Great stuff. Emma is going to be one happy (and tired) little dog now. It's going to be a great winter...

11-21-2009, 10:27 AM
I love the "Enjoying the Sunset," she looks so at home in the mountains.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
11-25-2009, 09:25 PM
Such a fine daddy/daughter relationship you have with Emma. And I would say some of your finest pictures of her on this particular hike.
Retirement.....Life is Good!