MINI

Long Runs

Just a quick shot from the end of a long run. I've learned to make better use of my phone's camera on outings for which the good camera is simply too heavy. This time I was also smart enough to get the dogs to the window without calling Jax, who has already demonstrated his willingness to jump right out.


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Westwoods at Dusk

I was a bit sore today from a run two days ago, so I decided to get in a long hike for some lower impact exercise. The dogs, who sprint back and forth no matter how fast I'm going, were perfectly happy to be out for longer, if not farther, than a run.

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Up Mt. Washington

On August 17, we decided to take the MINI up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The road's extreme gradient is a bit tough on a car, especially my rather new MINI, but it was a super fun car to take up and down such a crazy road.

The whole extended family climbed into a bunch of cars, and we all trekked on up.

According to my GPS, the route is 7.5 miles and has a vertical ascent of 4,585 ft. Washington's peak is officially 6,288, but you start the auto road pretty far up from sea level in the first place, and the parking lot is a huge set of stairs away from the actual summit.

On the way down, we were very conservative with the brakes and stopped at several of the designated pulloffs to let them cool.

I've been hiking and driving in New Hampshire for years, and this day that we just happened to decide to take for a drive up Mt. Washington was one of the clearest I've ever seen.



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Vacation Travel

Andy and I rent a little place in New Hampshire each year and stay there with family and friends for as many days as we can both get off of work.

The drive up to our spot in New Hampshire takes a bit more than four hours. Our rental, like many others, doesn't start until the early afternoon, but we left early to beat traffic and had some time to kill.

So we stopped at the Black Bear Café in Ossipee, NH to eat and stretch our legs. The food is better than decent, and as you can see, the outdoor seating is dog friendly. They're open for breakfast and lunch, but not dinner.

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Sebago Weather

As part of my project to bring the kayak back to tippykayak, I took it with me when I went up to Maine for a teaching conference near Sebago lake.

The weather was a bit threatening, but I figured I could put in, tool around the lower section of Sebago, and get back to the dock quickly if things got hairy.

I only got in about a half hour before the southwest sky began to make less idle threats. There were no rumbles of thunder, so I felt comfortable cutting it fairly close, but it started to get windy, and I was out for a leisurely paddle, not a soul-testing duel with the elements.

I’m continually amazed by weather. Despite the threats to the south, the northeast sky remained light until it faded to pink. Still, I was glad to be off the water, since the wind got stronger the entire time until I was packed up and gone.

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