France, Île de Ré
5 hours ago
We bumped our heads on the clouds as we approached the peak. But we still had views! And views are what it's all about.
Hike, Moosilaukie, 10 miles, 7 hours, with Boston AMC Winter Hiking Program.
|My first time tenting on snow. It wasn't as scary as it I thought it would be! Actually, it was kinda cozy. But you have to be prepared to use a pee bottle. You don't want to climb out of your cocoon in the middle of the night to wander aimlessly across the snow looking for a toilet. People die that way. The adventure continues.|
Lafyette Campground camping Sat night, with AMC/Boston Winter Hiking Program. Hiked N Kinsman and S Kinsman on Sunday, 10 miles, 9 hours, 30 to 40 F. warm!
|It's sparkling, sunny, crisp. No wind. I can sit leisurely on the top of Mt Tom, my third peak of the day and my half way point, and enjoy the views without the usual rush to get back to the shelter of the trees. |
I wonder if some miracle has happened in the world to change the usual order of things. Perhaps all conflict, war and strife have ended everywhere. Nature is as one and at peace. The lions are laying down with the lambs. Or is this just one tiny little miracle, orchestrated only for me, on the top of a secluded peak in the White Mountains.
I sit for a long time enjoying the feeling of the Jays landing in my hand, their talons gripping my fingers like a babies grasp. Then I hoist my heavy Winter pack and start the long hike back.
Hike: Mt Willey, Mt Field, Mt Tom, via Willey House Rd, 11.2 miles, 9 hours, Temp 0 to 20F, Solo, Slept in Truck.
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|Hike, Mt Tecumseh, 5 miles. Moderate hike in dense trees. Very limited views. I wanted to take it easy.|
It seemed pretty decadent to kite on Cape Cod on Saturday and hike in the White Mountains on Sunday. Does that make me a bad person? Probably. I tried to feel sufficiently guilty about it. But not so guilty that I couldn't enjoy myself.
|It's snowing when I leave the house, drizzling when I pull into the Chapin parking lot. Wind is gusting to 47, sand blowing everywhere. Yeah, I can feel a little wind chill on my face.|
The beach is pretty empty. No problem with crowds at all. It's surprising since the weather is so nice.
Chapin, Kitesurfed, 20-35, NNW, 6M RPM/Mako150, with Kitermike, Tyler, Tom from Providence, Gary.
Saturday Hike- Mt Pierce and Mt Eisenhower, 8.5 miles, 6 hours, with AMC Winter Hiking Program.
Sunday- Short hike up Mt Willard in the rain.
Fun weekend trip in nasty weather!
|Hike- Dublin Lake and Mt Monadnock from Poole Rd parking lot. 11.5 miles, 9 hours with a full winter pack. This is the longest day hike I've done since I was in my 20's.|
I was wondering if my knees would have something to say about that. Yeah, they had a few choice words for me. But I didn't let that ruin my fun. I told them to shut up. You big babies. I'm not going to let myself be pushed around by my own body parts. Nobody likes to be walked on by their knees.
|Mt Jackson, 5 mile hike on Sat.|
Mt Chocorua & Champney Falls, 7 mile hike on Sun.
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|Nice session with Brad and KiterMike at West Island! It was one of those days when no place else had good wind. The rocks are better here than almost anywhere else too.|
Kitesurfed, West Island, SW 12-22, Flx 138/ 17M Fat Lady & 12M Rally, with Brad, Kitermike.
|Today is a day to say thank you for the life that we are given. Kiss your spouse on the cheek, pat your children on the head, fling open the door and shout, "Thank You!" to the universe. Then go kite. That's the best way I know to say thank you.|
Kitesurfed, Good Harbor Beach Gloucester, 10-18, 18-28, S, 12M & 10M Rally, With Bryant, Brian, Matt, Dave, Ivan, Others.
|Woo is a digital device that attaches to your board and measures the height of your jumps. Tyler slapped one on my board and said Go Kite! I kited. I jumped. I didn't break any records. But I did have a really nice session and it's great to have a record of all that fun. Highest jump 19.2 ft. Funny, it felt like 19.3.|
I've had some good sessions in the last month, including one at the Mill Creek Marsh, (between Cockle Cove and Forest Beach), on an astronomical high tide in S wind, perfect.
|Cold morning. My truck thermometer says -33. It might not be reliable. My face and hands just say cold. I'm sporting my drysuit.|
A few of us find a nice speed channel at the mouth of the marsh, mid tide, lined up perfectly with the wind. Who knew this was here?
Kitesurfed, Chapin, NNW, N, 8-26, 12M Rally/Mako150 & 8M Rally/Surfboard, with lots of friends.
|I usually kite here in NW or NNW. I didn't know if this place would work in NNE but it was O.K! A little gusty but the wind didn't seem blocked by Annisquam like rumors I had heard.|
Kitesurfed, Wingaersheek, NNE, 18-36, 8M Rally/Mako150, with Christophe, Joe, John, Jim, Lauren.