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Thursday, August 15, 2013

One of my favorite things to do when I stay in an AMC hut is to watch the families as they pass through. I have learned that one special gift that parents pass on to their children is a love for the mountains, for nature and for conservation. This family from Arlington, VA have been staying in huts for over 40 years. They now choose their destination based on where the youngest member has not hiked yet.

Other families are just starting their traditions, and find that the huts are perfect as a safe spot to stay-out of the rain and storm with 2 meals a day provided, and good advice on where to hike, weather conditions and first aid if needed.

We have met both grandmas and grampas with their grandkids hiking. Here's a grampa, John from Dalax, TX with his two grandsons Jonathan and Kevin from North Carolina. On the trail, they are known as "Old Man River", "Go Ahead", and "Rock Slider". They hike at least 10 miles a day. John is a section hiker, and would love to finish hiking the AT this way. His grandsons love the trail as much as he does.

We stayed at Carter Notch Hut, the oldest standing structure of the AMC NH Hut system. It was built in 1914, and has a capacity of 40 hikers. It is a small hut with lots of character!

We all became one great big happy family while watching for the Perseid Meteor Shower.

While our meteor shower viewing was not as spectacular as the one below, we had a great time sitting on the steps of our bunkrooms, and enjoyed each other's company.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JSTETSER 8/16/2013 6:10AM

    Has any of my friends ever stayed in a hut?

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GRAMMYEAC 8/15/2013 11:07PM

    What a great set of observations about families, hiking, and enjoying the ouitdoors!

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LAWANDMUSIC 8/15/2013 9:40PM


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MJ7DM33 8/15/2013 9:20PM


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LIVEDAILY 8/15/2013 8:16PM

    The AMC Hut Family is a VERY special one indeed!!

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DANLIN60 8/15/2013 6:14PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing



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1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2013 5:29PM

    So awesome!

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MAGGIEVAN 8/15/2013 4:41PM

    Thanks for sharing, it is really special. We love tramping in wild areas.

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PRESBESS 8/15/2013 1:14PM

    Wow, what an adventure.

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/15/2013 12:13PM

    What a great way to spend time with the family! And the Perseids were pretty awesome!

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WALLPER26 8/15/2013 11:42AM

    I agree wholeheartedly! What you do with your children when young, will stay with them as warm memories and natural things to do as adults.


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STEVEN2GO2 8/15/2013 10:32AM

    Having your family so active is great motivation!

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NASFKAB 8/15/2013 9:35AM


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MSLZZY 8/15/2013 9:19AM

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BLUEROSE73 8/15/2013 9:11AM

    That is awesome

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    Sounds great:)

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WILSONWR 8/15/2013 8:23AM

    That sounds like so much fun! I never realized those huts were even available - I guess you can tell I haven't hiked too much in that part of the country. I'm glad I was able to pass my love of nature down to my kids. My son loves the really long hikes and my daughter loves exploring new places. We've really had some great memories together.

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SANDRALEET 8/15/2013 8:21AM

    God made a wonderful warld in many forms I love trees plants animals and sky changing seasons

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WATERMELLEN 8/15/2013 7:58AM

    Great blog -- I agree that a love of nature and the outdoors is great for building happy families.

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    Oh wow - this is so exciting to see! Thank you for sharing. I really enjoy the glimpses into your AT passion!

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