Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Area hike

Dogs Running by the Merrimack River

Thursday, May 24 Kendra and I took our dogs on the most beautiful hike at the Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Area on Portsmouth St in Concord. The mosquitos were awful but the hike was fantastic. We saw so many kids and dogs on our hike and no one (but me) seemed to be bothered by the bugs.

Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Area

It’s a flat, tree-filled hike and I highly recommend it.

Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Area

Daily Stats (May 24):
Hike: 1.5
Run: 0
Swim: 0
Bike: 16

Kearsarge South

I ran/hiked the Winslow & Barlow Loop this morning. I chose the reportedly steeper, Winslow Trail to ascend and the supposedly mellower and longer Barlow trail down. They were both tough with rocks, roots and rock slabs.

It was gorgeous at the top:

Kearsarge South Summit

South Kearsarge Hike

Next weekend I plan to hike Ragged Mountain and will go longer on the SRK Greenway (Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge) trail. I bought the trail guide last year and now I will finally use it.

Daily Stats:
Hike: 2.8M
Run: 0M
Swim: 0
Bike: 13.88

It’s Biking Season in NH, finally

Bike Path by I-89

I have a little bit of temperature requirement to go out on my bike – 60 degrees. Today was just about 60 around 1 p.m. so during my lunch break I went for a ride.

Bike Path by I-89A field near NH Audubon McLane Center

Beautiful, green landscapes everywhere!

This morning Winnie and I hiked on the Marjorie Swope Park Trail and it is glorious. All the trees are budding and there is still a big of a stream on the Carter Hill connector trail to West End for Winnie to take a drink. Later that day I pulled a tick out of ear – the times we live in. #ifeellikethereareticksonme

Daily Stats:
Hike: 3M
Run: 0M
Swim: 0
Bike: 12.3

Black Bear: Mama and cub

Today while hiking in Winant Park in Concord I stumbled upon a big, black bear and her cub. Actually, I just saw a big, black furry blob and a small, cute cub – stopped, called Winnie and started running back to the car.

I know you’re not suppose to run but I did. I’ve never – in all my years of hiking – seen a bear on the trail; much less a mama and her cub.

Winnie was so great – she came to me and we ran back to the car. So scary.

This was us just the day before on a more calm, no-wildlife hike: