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Birch Davis
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Weekday Hikes
After our last trip, we've been making a concerted effort to get our (my) stamina back to something reasonable. We've added a weekday training hike. Often with packs, but not when its stupid hot or when we're all exhausted. An exhausted hike looks like: I'm...

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Why Pro-Bar, why?
We have a wide variety of food bars for snacks and emergency food. Some I like more than others, but it's mostly personal preference. One morning I totally slept through my alarm and grabbed a peanutbutter chocolate chip Pro-Bar as I ran out the door. First...

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Mossville Road to Detweiller Park: a Saturday Training Hike
We've decided on a fall trip, and we're going to need to do a longer Day 1 than Boo has ever done before, or that I've done in 1 day since wreaking my back. So, more training. We've added an evening walk with packs once a week, and longer weekend walks. Aug...

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Mossville Road to Detweiller Park: a Saturday Training Hike
We've decided on a fall trip, and we're going to need to do a longer Day 1 than Boo has ever done before, or that I've done in 1 day since wreaking my back. So, more training. We've added an evening walk with packs once a week, and longer weekend walks. Aug...

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Big Agnes Copper Spur 3: Review
Because I wrecked my back (that will come up frequently, sorry), we figured the only way to get me on the trail again was Lee taking a bigger chunk of the load, and seriously lightening my load. Heaviest thing I typically carry is a tent for the 3 of us. It...

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Pincushion Mountain and Devil Track River. Superior Hiking Trail. August 6-7, 2015
Part 2 While my feet were airing, I skipped rocks to amaze the children. One skipped across the river and shattered on a rock on the far side (there were a lot of brittle rocks there). By the time dinner was ready, all the kids had succeeded in skipping roc...

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Pincushion Mountain and Devil Track River. Superior Hiking Trail. August 6-7, 2015
Part 1 The regular crew is 3 adults (me, Lee, DvA) and 3 kids (Boo - 7yo, R- 8yo, and J - almost 12). It's my first trip with R, since the 2 or 3 overnights she's been on were all after I wrecked my back and wasn't hiking. We started after lunch, from 53, j...

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Walking to School
I had a vacation day I thought I'd already used, so I took today off. So I walked Boo and the neighbor kid to school. There's just a slight dusting of snow on the sidewalk. Just enough to look for tracks. Mostly people tracks, several dogs, a neighborhood c...

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Many people get the “Birch, you’re being crazy again”
look on their faces as I regale them of stories of my weekend camping. Hiking,
Avoiding minor disaster. With my small child. Personally, I think it’s kinda
awesome, or I wouldn’t be doing it.  But then s...

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Knots
Everyone needs to know how to tie knots, right?  We tie our shoes, tie ribbons on gifts, tie saws on tethers
to drag up in trees, tie pea plants to trellises… We even occasionally tie
knots out in the woods.  Boo has always been interested in tying. She qui...
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