The North mountain, aka the non-tower mountain, has been an old favorite of mine. For many years this small and easy to climb mountain has seen its fair share of foot traffic. More so now with the well marked and newer trails. Yet there is still a "secret" back way up the mountain that is completely unmarked for hiking, yet a great way to go up. It takes parking at Brown's Corner and walking the Scribner trail (grew up calling it that, probably not on any map, but it's an old road with cellar holes along the way) and heading up the mountain that way. 4.6 mile round trip easy uncanoonuc hike The trail starts just behind the garage located…

A beautiful but windy day outside led me to lace up my running shoes and try out another trail run just as I did the other day. Call it impulsive, but the shoes went on, the Fenix watch, and the new addition of a heart rate monitor on my chest. After a slight walk warm up, I quickly shot my heart rate up to 160 as I climbed the slippery leaf covered hills. The wind was blowing like crazy, but I was well protected in the woods. I decided to take a left in the woods on a trail I don't usually go on. Figured I would try and stay off the road for as long as I could. As…

Got a call from my buddy Paul (in the photo) asking if I wanted to go for a hike. Sunday was going to be an amazing day for the weather and that we should climb Mount Major. I quickly agreed, but with hesitation... Warm weather, fall colors, and Mount Major meant it was going to be packed on that mountain. While Mount Major isn't the tallest mountain in the Belknap Range, it is definitely the most popular. Let me show you why: Mount Major View over Lake Winnipesaukee That view. Mount Major is an quick but moderately difficult climb - around 50 minutes to an hour - to get to a bald mountain top that offers almost 360 degree views.…

This is a photo of my dog Penny, the day after her surgery. She had an enlarged and cancerous spleen. There was no guarantee if the cancer had spread. She wasn't eating. The options were to have her put down, or try for a surgery where a good outcome with slim. We knew there was no choice but to go for the surgery. We were told the risks since she is almost 14 years in age and signed the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) if something went wrong during surgery. We got a call that afternoon that it was a success, the spleen looked ready to rupture and was removed and the rest of the organs were checked with no visible…

Decided it was time to step up my fitness game and get outside and do some trail running.  I've been eating well, but my weight loss has stalled and been stagnant for a month or two now.  I'm going to try and keep better track of my caloric intake but also add in some light cardio to go with my current weight lifting routine. Regretfully it has been getting darker earlier and earlier.  Might need to start bringing a head lamp?  Or maybe run early in the morning?  Yeah, probably not that.  I'm not exactly a morning person.  Clocks change soon...  Will make some decisions then.

Enjoying the last warm day Well the 2020 lake season is officially over. Fall is barreling upon us. It's time to wax your skis and get those snow shoes ready. Need to make sure my iceboat is ready to run this year. But before we put away the swim suits, we hit the lake on the last 80+ degree weather day! We had a good 2020 So despite everything that 2020 brought us, we made the best of it. Got our diets on track, worked out a lot and enjoyed the outdoors. Took out our boat more often then we would ever dream and enjoyed our time at the lake. Didn't do as much fishing as I would have liked,…

The garden had more tomatoes than anyone knew what to do with this year. We wanted to make some sauce and salsa and preserve it (canning) so we could enjoy it through out the year. First off... This recipe is SIMPLY AMAZING! Not selling anything on this blog. Just handing out tried and true recipe that you'll enjoy. Getting right to the recipe and not me jabbering, here is a double batch we made ( cut in half or less if you wish ). BEST HOMEMADE SALSA INGREDIENTS 20 Cups of peeled and chopped tomatoes. (The finer the tomatoes are chopped the more "picante" your salsa will become)6 Cups chopped onion3.5 Cups of chopped green bell peppers9 jalapenos seeded and…

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