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Hemingway’s First Summit: Mount Elma

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–all photographs and video courtesy Michael Paskevicious   Dear Hemingway, You’re four-and-a-half years old now–time sure flies. I made only two resolutions for 2018, and the first and most important one was to get my whole family out on a mountain adventure (Paradise Meadows doesn’t count). You’ve been my adventure …

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Octavia’s first snowshoe trip

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–Photographs by Mike Hincks and Kim Leong   Dear Octavia, You’re a natural outdoorswoman! It was back on December 16th, 2017 that we finally got you out on your first snowshoe trip. I hosted a family/beginner snowshoe trip with the Island Mountain Ramblers as a way to get the whole family …

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Wild Side Trail:

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Dear Hemingway, We did it! We survived our first father-and-son backpacking adventure. I’m happily writing the trip down as a success! We picked the perfect location, Flores Island’s Wild Side Trail, and lucked into a spate of great weather. Of course, our adventure companions helped us enjoy the trip all the more. We …

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Snowshoe to Boston Falls Lookout: A Sunny Day below Mount Becher’s Summit

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When I’m stuck inside, it sometimes feels like I won’t ever break free and get outside! If you’re passionate like I am, you probably feel the same. Now that I’ve added two kids to the equation, it’s even more difficult to balance the time between my family obligations and my …

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Kayaking the Gulf Islands with my Toddler: “We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat”

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My wife Kim thinks I’m crazy. My friends think I’m crazy. I’m sure my son Hemingway thinks I’m crazy. A colleague even accused me of being a Viking, after I described Hemingway’s first kayak trip at nine months old. I am probably the only one who believes in my sanity. I don’t make the decision …