Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Colors Galore––Black Mountain and Whitecap

Black Mountain Start Hut for Alpine Racing
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We hiked Whitecap and Black Mountain on Friday and Saturday... back-to-backs aren't 
as easy as they used to be. However, the colors were motivating. 

Western summit of Whitecap

Blueberry barrens on Whitecap 

Home in the fall

The Rig ready for the next adventure. 

Bailey Tuckerman after the hike. 

Bailey Tuckerman showing stuff as a 10.5 year old.


Monday, September 21, 2020

Road trip

View from the picnic area looking at Old Speck Mountain.  

We trekked to the Grafton Notch picnic area (about one mile north past the trailhead to Old Speck and the AT), up to Errol (NH), over to Wilson Mills and then Rangeley... and home. I didn't take many photos, but I liked the one above of Old Speck. 

From the picnic area....

Back on Whitecap

Fifteen or twenty cars crowded the trailhead at Whitecap. We ran into quite a few hikers and their fur-friends. Talk about the perfect hiking temperature at 60 degrees.  

Bailey at the carin on the western summit.  

Fall is beginning to appear.  

The AT South off East-B Hill

Once again we delighted in the Appalachian Trail off East-B Hill. The sun on this late afternoon hike created a wide array of enticing shadows. Even more, Bailey got to swim in the chilly water... I'm sure that made his day. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Hiking Black/White & Black Mountain

Bailey waiting for the hike

Black Mountain is 6.2 miles away or what takes me 11 minutes to drive. We hike the ski area 2 times a week in the off season and then sneak on during the ski season when the weather is good and none's around. Usually, that's Mondays. Who knows what will happen this winter with COVID. 

Yesterday, we trekked up the Black/White Trail (Black Mountain and Whitecap Mountain connecting trail) and drifted down the longest ski trail on the mountain known as Allagash. The mountain manager, Jim, has been out cutting the trails, so the slopes were easy to negotiate. It's wild to think I've been going to Black Mountain since 1961 and it still doesn't get old. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Kristin & Ryan's Wedding

Kristin & Ryan in Weld a few days before their wedding. 

With COVID-19, life is different. We endure. Yesterday, Kristin and Ryan were married in Charleston, SC with just immediate family in attendance. However, around 80 of us joined via a video link. The audio didn't do the service justice, but I sure liked watching the affair with Pam & Fred and Anna & Allen. Here's to the newest Kent family... many happy days. 

Mom and Dad with Ry-Ry

Ryan and mom Anne

Tyler, Ryan, and Rob

                                                     Some of the Kent uncles and aunts

Kristin played varsity soccer at Stanford University, 
so Bailey chose an appropriate necktie. 


Cake craziness

The video feed afterwards. The bride and groom 
saying hello to all of us.

"Take my picture for Kristin."

Cousin Ian and Julie in Weld watching the service.