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Mount Moriah After the Storm and the Calm in the Storm.

I've spent a lot of time in the mountains and it's becoming a weekly adventure for me. A way to get away for a while and only have to focus on putting one foot in front of the other. After all, at this time of year, that's all I can focus on in more ways that one. I need to keep moving forward or be left behind. And the mountains are my biggest success it would seem. This is what I am known for above all else. I'm not complaining either. I'd love to just escape, build a tiny off the grid house and just live. Either that or sell all my belongings and take one big hike. Today, I settled for Mount Moriah via the Carter Moriah trail off of Bangor St. in Gorham NH. Of course, this also meant that I had to get out of bed. It was hard this morning. I was running late and almost changed my plans. I was glad I kept pushing on. This was a theme for the day. 
              At the trailhead, I was busy getting my snowshoes on and Isis squared away. I was the f…

The Shiba Inu... On and Off the Trails.

"Oh my God, I want your dog.", is something that I am quite use to hearing on the trail and when I am walking Isis around the neighborhood. It makes me smile and I agree (although I may be a bit biased) that she is a great dog. Trust me though, she is not a dog for everyone. You have to be a special breed of person to own a Shiba Inu. Let me explain....

         Shiba's are described as a breed who thinks she is superior to everyone and every thing. She's the queen of the world and no one can tell her different. She's got a bold and independent personality to go with that queen attitude and so, she's a little hard to train, nail down, or convince that your way is better. Although I have had the good fortune of training her on the trails since 4 months old, Isis is a wonderful trail dog. And for that reason, many people stop us and ultimately want to take her home. Off trail, she can be possessive of everything that is hers and mine and that also include…

Liberty and Flume for a Thankful November.

I have shown a lot of love to Liberty and Flume this year and November was no different. I remember last year how the entire ridge eluded me for the weather so, I guess I was making up for it. This area can be tricky for sure. Last week, I was on Lafayette and Lincoln so, to finish the ridge for the month seemed appropriate. For those that are new to the blog, let me catch you up. I'm primarily a solo hiker (although open to hiking with others) who is working on her Grid or the New Hampshire 48x12 or completing the New Hampshire 48 in all 12 months of the calendar year. I have given myself a lifetime to complete this latest goal so, I will be hiking for a long time. What ever life may bring, I'll still find my way to the mountains. I'm shooting for the number 576 and as of today, I find myself at 29.9% and will close November for this year probably over 30%. The goal is to keep moving forward as with most of my life.

          So, on to todays hike. Liberty and F…

Coming Alive on Franconia Ridge...

One thing is for sure, if you are planning a trip on Franconia Ridge, don't count on the forecast to be accurate and plan for anything. I had set a target early in the week to head up because the forecast was clear and it didn't change for days. I actually wanted to do the entire ridge to Flume and as always, I'm flexible in my planning. I've learned this kind of fluid flexibility in my life and it helps me not just on the trails but off too. So, why should today be any different? Isis and I packed up Friday night and got to bed early. We were bound for Franconia Notch by 4am which would give us a start around 6:30am. Upon arrival at the trail head, the wind was blowing as it always seems to do. It's just that this time of year, it's a cold and angry wind. Today would be in the negatives and I was prepared with all my winter gear. I brought the snow shoes and ultimately left them in the car. It was not long on the trail that I decided to put on my balac…

My Beloved Moosilauke for November... A Winter Wonderland.

Can you mark time with a mountain? Can you track the phases of your life with the summits? I can... Moosilauke has been the sight of a handful of firsts for me; My first 4000 Footer, My first winter 4000 Footer, the first time I ever put snowshoes on my feet, the start of something new and exciting and at the same time, the end of something stale and poisoning all in one day, and even though it didn't last 9that new and exciting thing), I still remember everything fondly. Moosilauke is the mountain I go back to when I need to feel at peace in a hectic existence where I feel less than I am sometimes. It's the mountain that calls to me when I feel off balance. Then it puts me back in my place and makes me stronger. Walking the trails allows me to think clearly of solutions I need to help myself. So, as you can imagine, in a sea of change, I was called back there today. It promised to be a winter wonderland and it did not disappoint.

        Isis and I left the house aro…