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  • Published
    April 8, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Sabattus makes it easy to climb mountain

    Sabattus Mountain in Lovell is a gem of a place that offers an easy, family-friendly hiking adventure with spectacular views. Choosing a hike is always an interesting process at our house. The peanut gallery, now 14 and 16 years old, has to approve of the adventure to ensure we all have a good time. The […]

  • Published
    March 10, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Surprising items find place in first-aid kit

    My family’s first-aid kit has seen plenty of action over the years. The tweezers have regularly removed ticks and the baby wipes have saved us from poison ivy outbreaks. The plastic card has earned a permanent place in our kit since we discovered its leech removal abilities, and we always carry small bottles of meat […]

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    February 12, 2012

    Kid Tracks: Wonderful winter hiking, light snow, false starts and all

    There are a lot of variables to consider when hiking with kids. This is true of hiking with a dog as well. But there is one thing you can count on with both — a bathroom break will be needed within the first dozen steps of hitting the trail. Never in all the years I’ve […]

  • Published
    January 14, 2012

    Kid Tracks: While waiting for snow, give skating a try

    Now that the weather is cold, many outdoor rinks are available, along with a handful of indoor rinks.

  • Published
    November 13, 2011

    Kid Tracks: It’s a nice peek before peak

    BROWNFIELD — The Burnt Meadow Mountain trail is a great way to take in the fall foliage. My family has hiked this trail quite a few times, but it seems for one reason or another we have never made it to the northern peak. The mileage of 1.4 miles (one way) and an elevation gain […]

  • Published
    October 9, 2011

    Kid Tracks: Leaves preserve memories of fall outings

    When the fall colors start emerging on trees, the leaves become irresistible collectibles for kids. When my girls were preschoolers we’d take a short hike and end up with a big stack of leaves collected off the ground that just had to be brought home. Once the pretty colored leaves made their way into our […]

  • Published
    September 11, 2011

    Kid Tracks: Citizen scientists add vital details to the big picture

    Engaging kids in the natural world can be a great learning experience. My children have always enjoyed making observations about trees, flowers and tracks while we’re hiking on trails around Maine. They like to point out details they think are interesting, amusing or just plain “weird.” This has led me to consider ways to encourage […]