My teenagers and I set out to hike Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch a few weeks ago. Our goal was to stop for lunch at the Lonesome Lake AMC Hut and continue to the summit. However, things didn’t work out quite as planned.
Here are 9 things I learned (or more accurately, re-learned) on this hike.
1. Hiking with kids is not always predictable – particularly in the supplies needed-department – even when they are teenagers.
2. Teenagers might fall in mud accidentally but it is just as messy as when they were preschoolers. Only this time mom doesn’t have that change of clothes (or socks) she always used to carry for her babies.
3. The Lonesome Lake Hut sell socks!
4. The hut only takes cash (which is, of course, obvious). Thankfully I had exactly the right amount of cash (down to the last four quarters – and why we had (heavy) quarters instead of (light) bills is still a mystery) to buy a pair of clean socks AND the coveted Lonesome Lake Hut patch the girls wanted for their backpacks.
5. Muddy hiking boots – then dipped in a lake to wash off (with feet still in them, which mom did not recommend but was done anyhow) – do not dry in the sun in an hour.
6. Hiking up the trail in squishy, soaking wet hiking boots is not a good time for a hiker.
7. Changing plans and turning around to head home after lunch rather than visit the summit is a good choice for everyone in the hiking party.
8. Each hiker should be responsible to pack a clean pair of socks in their backpack.
9. Everyone should bring their sense of humor to the mountain. I can’t remember a time I didn’t need to pull that particular item out of the pack at least once during a hike!