With possibly his last hike for the season done, I decided to see what Cameron thought of his hikes this summer. I provided him with a list of all the peaks he had hiked and then asked the following questions. The answer are his, without any prompting.
Which hike was the easiest? Tecumseh. It was very short and fun to run down the trail on the descent.
Which hike was the hardest? The hike to Madison Hut on the trip to Madison and Adams. The weather not good and the last few tenths it seemed like the hut crew kept moving the hut further away from us.
Which hike was the scariest? The hike up the ledges on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut in early June when the wind was blowing between 30 and 50 mph. I was afraid the wind would blow me off. [What he didn’t realize was that mom was inches behind him ready to grab him if anything should happen. Which it didn’t. The chimney on Osceola wasn’t as scary and there was a by-pass, neither was sleeping all by ourselves on the tent platforms at Kinsman Pond.]
Which hike was the happiest? Mt. Washington. That was a trip mom had promised me and it is the highest point in New England.
Which hike was the saddest? I didn’t have any sad hikes. [He really didn’t. I can’t recall a hike where he cried, broke down or otherwise just didn’t want to continue and wanted to go home. A good break and a snack fixes a lot of things, which is even true for adults!]
Which hike was the most exciting? Carrigain, because my mom finished the NH 4,000 footer list on that hike.
I found his answers interesting – adults and children don’t always see the same situation from the same perspective. By hiking with my son, I’ve not only grown closer to my son, but I’ve learned to try to see things from his viewpoint. For example, a break at a water crossing or a pool isn’t just a break, but an opportunity to try to skip stones for fun, sticks aren’t just sticks but can be anything you want, and hiking for hours on end without a break isn’t fun for anyone. I’m hoping that next year will be an even better hiking year together, as we learn to work together to reach the peaks with many more good memories and no sad ones, just like this year.