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Marcy climbed Marcy: She was a beast

“And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden” — Crosby, Stills & Nash (Joni Mitchell) Trip report for Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York state, elevation 5,344 feet (climb of 3,121 feet), Aug. 21-23, 2016 Day … Continue reading

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Wadsworth Falls and the Living is Easy

In response to The Daily Post’s prompt: Carefree What’s the summer if not one jolly stream of “carefree” rolled into a bindle of sweaty tennis clothes and little chores I’d like to do, but maybe tomorrow? The living’s been easy … Continue reading

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An Empty Nester’s Tour of the American West

My husband and I left our adult sons behind while we took our first “empty nest” vacation out to the gorgeous American West. We explored areas in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. We also finished–unsuccessfully–our search for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure … Continue reading

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How to Hike Mount Washington When You’re Young and Clueless (in 33 Easy Steps)

In the early days of our marriage, my husband and I would disappear every weekend to hike in the White Mountains. While I loved hiking, I never quite enjoyed it. Mount Washington proved to be especially formidable. Set your alarm for … Continue reading

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10 Things I Learned from Naked and Afraid (and a Perfect Connecticut Afternoon)

10 things I learned from the survivalist reality show Naked and Afraid: 1. After a few awkward minutes, no one will care if you’re naked in the wilderness. 2. There’s good naked and bad naked. (OK, I learned that one … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 4: Race to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Day 4–Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate), approx. distance: 2.5 miles (4 km), approx. time: 1.5 hours; plus a walk down to Machu Picchu {See also: Preparation | Day 1 | … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 3: The Long and Winding Road

“The long and winding road that leads to your door Will never disappear.” –The Beatles Day 3: Paqaymayo to Wiñaywayna, approx. distance: 11 miles (18 km), approx. time: 8 hours. {See also: Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation | Day 1 … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 2: Nobody Messes with Dead Woman’s Pass

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” –Lao Tzu Day 2: Wayllabamba to Paqaymayo, approx. distance: 7.5 miles (12 km), approx. time: 6-7 hours {See also: Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation | Day 1 | Day 3 … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 1: Peruvian Flatlands

“Put one foot in front of the other And soon you’ll be walking ‘cross the floor.” –Kris Kringle, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town Day 1: Km 82 to Wayllambama, approx. distance: 7 miles (11 km), approx. time: 5-6 hours … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation

{Update: See Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 1: Peruvian Flatlands | Day 2: Nobody Messes with Dead Woman’s Pass} | Day 3: The Long and Winding Road | Day 4: Race to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu} I just … Continue reading

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