It was supposed to be a miserable weekend in the White Mountains — rain, snow, slush. Earlier in the week, the boy and I made plans to hike a snow-free trail Sunday, maybe up South Moat, or maybe Pleasant Mountain in Maine. This being spring in the White Mountains, the weather didn’t cooperate. There was a good amount of snow on the ground at the lower elevations when we pulled into town Saturday.
If I learned one thing while hiking the 4,000 footers last year, it’s that you have to take what the day gives you. There’s no sense forcing a hike when the weather’s bad, or you’re feeling unfit or injured, or when you need to give your job or family more attention. Not up for a long hike? A short one can do the trick just fine. Hiking should be a joy, and you should spend your time on the trails in the moment, not thinking about the hike that could have been.
Which is all a long way of saying we didn’t give up on hiking — we adapted. Peaked Mountain, which sits next to Cranmore in North Conway, isn’t a towering peak, but it delivered a fun Sunday just the same.
One of the best things about shorter hikes is that they don’t dominate your day. We still had enough time — and energy– to head in to Diana’s Bath for the boy’s high school photo project.