Category Archives: Outdoor Sports

Hiking, bicycling, kayaking, running, walking, etc.

Photos from Late June and Early July, 2019

Immature red Tail Hawk flying over

I used to do a lot of photo posts, but haven’t put many up recently.  I have literally thousands of photos from 2018 and early 2019 that I have not even looked at let alone sorted and edited!  over the last week I broke down and looked at the last few.

I spent the last week of June on Cape Cod.  I worked half of the week and entertain guests, so I didn’t take a lot of photos that I can post, but there are a few, like this photo of my nephew fishing. Continue reading

The End of a Streak

In March of 2015 I took my kayak out for the first time for the year.  I kayaked at least once a month every month through the rest of 2015.  I was bale to get out in the water in January and February of 2016, so I ended up kayaking at least once a month through all of 2016.  And then I was able to get onto the water in January and February of 2017 as well.  I figured I had it made.

Mother Nature had different ideas.

See the photo at the top of the page?  This is where I kayak.  Do you see water?  Neither do I.  I see only snow and ice.

It is cold.  It is very cold.  We occasionally have cold snaps like this in late January.  We never have cold snaps like this in December!

So I did not kayak in December.  I was here a couple of weeks ago, but there were gale force winds the entire time – kayaking in those winds is not the smartest thing to do when the temperature was hanging just slightly above freezing.  I decided to wait.

Oh well, I almost made it.  I don’t think I’ll get every month in 2018, either.   Oh well….

Immature Loon

Immature Loon

The other day I went down to one of my favorite little walks, Bells Neck in Harwich.  I got out of the car and walked towards the herring ladder.  There is a pool of water above the flume, a little smooth inlet away from the main pond.  I saw a bird between the parking lot and the water, a largish bird.  Not eagle big, or Great Blue Heron big, but something with the body the size of a Canadian Goose but a much shorter neck.

I walked pretty close, and it only half watched me.  But then I got Fiyero out of the car and it lifted it’s head and kept a sharp, red eye on the dog.

I wasn’t sure what it was, but it looked familiar.  I thought “Loon”, but it was the wrong color.  Besides, I had never seen a Loon on the Cape.  In Canada and northern Maine, sure, but Cape Cod?  Nope. Continue reading

Hiking Mt. Lafayette in November

Canon form Franconia Ridge

Cannon form Franconia Ridge

I know I’ve talked it about it quite a bit and even had posts about it, but just in case you didn’t know, I went hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains exactly a month ago, on November 19.  In fact, my Weekly Smile for week 47 was a write up about the hike.  Look at it for details.    OK, here’s a short excerpt:

We got up bright and early (or actually still very dark and early) Saturday morning and drove up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  Specifically we went up to the Franconia Notch area and did the loop around Mt. Lafayette.  The loop is about 8.9 miles (14.3 km).  The top of Lafayette is around 3000 feet (915 m) above the trail head and the total climb (since there are several peaks in the loop) is about 3900 feet (1190 m).  It is not an easy trail, but it is a fun one.

I also posted about the fall I took while hiking.  I am still not 100% recovered.  The worse of it was past in a week or two, so a month out I’m fine, but there are still times I can tell I injured myself. Continue reading

The Fall

Waterfall - bottom

I paused, looking down at the damp piece of granite.  It wasn’t the stone itself, or its worth as a foothold, that gave me pause, it was the large drop just past it.  When it comes to heights, I’m not much of a risk taker.  Some may snicker at that statement seeing the extreme places I’ve skied or hiked, but for the most part, if there is a large, sudden drop, I tend to stay away from the edge unless I am guaranteed a good handhold and better foothold (or am on skis ;) ).  This drop looked huge, but it was the best path and the foothold looked solid. Continue reading

On the Water

Kayak

New England has a funny thing that Midwest states don’t, or at least didn’t when I was a kid: Winter Break.  Winter Break, aka February Vacation, is a week without school.  There is also a Spring/April break.  The typical activity for Winter Break is going skiing.  The end of February is still the heart of winter here.  We’ll, it is most years.

I took two days off of work to spend my Winter Break on Cape Cod.  I arrived in the pouring rain, but it was a warm rain.  This afternoon the sun came out.  The temperature has dropped a little and it is very windy, but I decided to take the kayak out.  Amazingly this isn’t the first time this year.  I was on the water on New years Day! Continue reading

Enough About the Kayak Already

Kayak

Go to Google and put in the following search term: Jackson Journey review

Done?  Notice anything?  One of the top pages is from Trent’s World Blog.  Typically it’s been at the number three slot.  That’s right, little ole Trent’s World Blog seems to be the authoritative source for information about the Jackson Journey Kayak, thank you very much.

As the weather gets warmer (in theory at least: it was Five below Zero F this morning) Continue reading

Some Images of Cape Cod – 2013

All Images by Trent P McDonald; taken with Olympus OMD-EM5 on Cape Cod  in 2013