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    February 9, 2013

    Kid Tracks: Setting our cap for Mt. Washington

    That’ll take some training, and a good place to start is a 600-foot-high boulder in Fryeburg known simply as Jockey Cap.

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    January 12, 2013

    Kid Tracks: It’s way ahead for an early trail

    The kids and I enjoy cross-country skiing and try to expand our horizons every year with a visit to a new trail. After last year’s disappointing winter (and no big skiing adventures for us), we decided to visit Carter’s in Oxford for an easy, groomed-trail experience right after the big January snowfall (we’ve learned our […]

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    December 8, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Try catching on with geocaching

    It’s not very often that having read Nancy Drew books as a kid comes in handy. But when cracking codes of “mystery” geocaches, you never know what random knowledge you’ll need to puzzle-out the coordinates to find a hidden treasure. Geocaching is a game that uses GPS coordinates to find a hidden box filled with […]

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    November 10, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Disc golf is outdoor fun no matter the season

    The game of disc golf is a nice way to spend a few hours outdoors with teenagers. It offers some competitive fun by throwing a plastic disc into a metal basket on a golf-like course in the woods. My family considers the game to be a hike with permission to throw stuff around. It’s also […]

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    October 7, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Outside beckons even as nights grow longer

    This is the time of the year when my family has no time for our usual outdoor adventures. It’s all about the kids’ school schedule and their 4-H livestock activities. But a month of primarily indoor activities gives us a new motivation to find time in our busy schedule to get back outside. Here’s a […]

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    September 8, 2012

    Kid Tracks: New Hampshire’s peaks are worth the planning

    The girls and I have been hiking mountains all spring and summer to get ready for our highest (to date) mountain hiking adventure in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire. All our “training” paid off because we had a wonderful 9-mile hike that included three mountain summits — Little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette — […]

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    August 11, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Finally making it to the top, but about that bug spray …

    The kids and I have hiked Burnt Meadow Mountain in Brownfield more than a handful of times. There have been a variety of reasons why we haven’t reached the summit — stomach flu, a canine injury and a lack of interest have all been factors — but recently we decided it was time to commit […]

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    July 8, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Trails in Turner a terrific scenic trek

    The kids and I were planning a trip to visit friends north of Lewiston and wanted to find a hiking trail in that area. That’s how I ran across a listing for Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. It’s only been an official state park since 2009, but the kids and I wished we had found it […]

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    June 9, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Eyebrow and Old Speck trails both reward, challenge hikers

    By WENDY ALMEIDA Assistant News Editor, Features The Eyebrow at Grafton Notch State Park is a trail on Old Speck Mountain that offers a lot of variety for hikers — from the cable handrails to the iron rungs and metal ladder to aid hikers across a small open rock face. Although it’s a steep climb, […]

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    May 12, 2012

    Kid Tracks: A view worth the effort

    Caribou Mountain north of Fryeburg is no easy climb, yet so rewarding