|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Owl's Head, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, herd path, Lincoln Brook Trail, herd path, Owls Head Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, June 2, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings easily rock-hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Met Coop, who was a very happy and cute fella. |
||Black flies were starting to get bad in the afternoon, especially on the Black Pond bushwhack and Black Pond Trail. Not so bad in the morning. |
|Lost and Found:
||Alex, Sage, and I finished the Grid today! Alex finished first, with Sage following 30 seconds afterward. Many thanks to John, Natalie, and Jen for joining us on our hike, and many thanks to Ed Hawkins for meeting us in Lincoln Woods after our hike and handing us our patches (and many tasty and ice-cold beverages!). Also many thanks to the kind group who were so enthusiastic about our finish and who helped create the traditional hiker pole arch for the girls to walk under at the top.|
My daughters have grown up on these trails and in these mountains. They have learned all kinds of lessons out there, and they have shown immense grit, determination, courage, and independence - the past couple of years were especially challenging since they needed to juggle all kinds of high school and dual-credit college courses, their karate tournaments, their volunteer work, jobs, Girl Scout projects, visits with their father, time with friends, etc etc etc. I am proud of them. They decided they were going to do something, and they did it. As their mother, I hope as they go through life, whenever they feel like they can't do something or that something might be out of reach, they look at these past years and remember that where there is a strong will, there is most definitely a way.
Sage in particular demonstrated a massive amount of determination and strength this past winter. Originally, Alex planned to finish first, last December, and Sage would finish a year or two later. Each just wanted to finish before they went to college (Sage is 16, two years younger than Alex, so she had more time to finish). COVID delayed Alex's finish though, and Sage then realized if she doubled her hikes over winter she could catch up with her sister and they could finish together. She is used to hiking 4Ks with Alex and thought it would feel odd to keep hiking the Grid after Alex left home. So this past winter, twice a week, while taking college courses through NHTI and AP courses, and while competing in karate tournaments (virtually) and doing everything else in her life, Sage got our there twice a week and broke trail, dealt with the weather, did some very long hikes, and basically just did whatever it took to get it done. I did not have that kind of inner strength at that age.
Many thanks to all who have been so kind and helpful to us over the years. Hiker people are the best kind of people.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.