There’s something about being outdoors that does something to me. A parking lot doesn’t count. Neither does a playground or a round of mini-golf. I’m talking the OUTDOORS! Ya know, like the woods, rivers, fields, and mountains…especially the mountains.
Which is why we decided to bring our boys on a hike this past weekend. Our youngest son’s first real hike up a real mountain. Boy were we in for a surprise…
A pleasant surprise, that is. 🙂
We decided to climb Mt. Welch in Thornton, NH. It’s a 2,605 foot mountain with gorgeous views. If you take a look at this picture below, it’s the mountain on the right. My husband, his friend, and my then nine year old son climbed the Welch-Dickey Loop (up the mountain on the right, along the ridge and down the mountain on the left) last year and LOVED it.
|Mt. Dickey and Mt. Welch
This year we figured it was something that our youngest son could handle. I was pleasantly surprised when he not only hiked the mountain, but he did it without complaining AND without being carried. I wish I could say the same for our ten year old. No, I didn’t carry him…but there was definitely some complaining! The good kind (if there is such a thing). He didn’t want to stop at Mt. Welch. He wanted to continue our hike and do the entire loop over to Mt. Dickey. Oh well, next time…maybe.
|The view is stunning!!|