Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire | September, 2016

The last time we visited this place was many years ago when James was just 3 or 4 years old. I remember him hiking in front of all of us in the pouring rain trying to climb up each rock along the way with his little legs. We made it about an 45 minutes into the hike before we had to turn around if I recall correctly.

So before the summer completely slipped away, Lauren suggested we try it again. To reach the top at our pace, it’s about a 2.5 hour hike up to the top and 1.5 hours to get down. About halfway up along the trail you start seeing this amazing view of Vermont. We were a bit ill prepared with too little food and water but the hike and day was beautiful.

Newfoundland, Canada

Part I

Earlier this month Lauren and I visited Newfoundland. Just the two of us. We spent a few days on the east coast, followed by a few days hiking around the west coast. The fjords, icebergs, lighthouses are all so beautiful.

The people of Newfoundland are also so warm and welcoming. We were surprised how pervasive the Irish culture and heritage persists throughout this country — from the warm people, the stories, pride of history, language, music and food.

We had such a great time. I am so glad we made the trip.

(Part II here)