Took advantage of a break in this summer’s rain and a cool morning for a hike up Owl’s Head in Keene with Patricia and Brigid. Signs confused some people, who parked on highway. But some others showed poor judgment, parking in ways that nearly cut off the private road, adding evidence for the landowner’s plan to close the trail.
Every hike teaches me something: the changing light in the pines, a fresh and mysterious bird song, the startled shock when a trail runner bounds past.
But hikes with my children have taught me the most. Here are a few things that I learned hiking Owl’s Head, one of my favorite family outings:
- Boulders aren’t something to get around, they aree something to play on.
- Trees have personalities, feelings and sometimes we have to give them names.
- A shady perch on a hot afternoon deserves more than a quick drink.
- It’s lunch time when you’re hungry … wait too long and you’ll be sorry.
- Getting tired? Pull out a chapter book and read a bit.
- Are there elves watching from that dense brush? Could a dwarf fit into that little cave? Is that walking stick really a wizard’s staff? Yes.
- And the summit doesn’t matter. Maybe we’ll get there, maybe we won’t
Want to get out of that summit focused, head down, oblivious hiking posture? Take a kid along.
Owl’s Head in the eastern Adirondacks on the edge of the High Peaks is a classic family hike. It’s also about to be closed. Let me explain.
Perfect for a child’s first hike or a relaxed family outing, with a summit that delivers much more than the easy investment in a short climb, Owl’s Head has become too popular for it’s own good.