Today as we wound our way down the Rattle River the kids were engrossed in a make-believe of their own creation. Jack Frost had stolen the enchanted crystal from Orie the Outdoors Fairy, and if Cartwheel and RobinHood couldn’t get it back, no one would ever love the outdoors again. They had wands made by braiding grass strands over knobbly twigs and they raced down the trail living their own action adventure.
This meant we made great time and the parents went for a swim in the chilly Rattle River. The kids turned down the opportunity not wanting to take a break from their drama. Shortly there after, we met up with Bill Plouffe, a colleague and mentor of All In’s, who came out to hike for the day. He’s previously hike all of New England’s four thousand footers and can name most of the mountains in the Whites on sight. We enjoyed the walk down the river and a lunch in town. Then we headed back to the trailhead to head up into the Mahoosic Range.
Back in Franconia Notch the kids elected to send their packs home with their grandparents for the week we went through the Whites. They’ve enjoyed scrambling over rocks packless as their parents carry all the gear. With all the food we could get at the huts, our packs haven’t really been much heavier. We sent the hammocks home as well and our back to one family tent. After we pass through Mahoosic Notch later this week, we’re headed home for a few days for a memorial service for Mama Bear’s uncle. When we return, the kids will have their packs back.