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Frazier Falls

A short paved hike similar to Sand Pond which is perfect for kids. Especially since there’s a bridge to cross and a waterfall at the end.

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Deer Lake

Deer Lake is a longer hike that we wait on until after we’ve acclimated to the altitude. It’s much higher than Saxonia and has a different view of the mountains that we can see from Sand Pond.

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Sand Pond

Not exactly a hike like Saxonia. Sandpond is an interpretive trail and boardwalk through a former beaver pond. It’s great for kids and has some nice views.

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Saxonia

After the previous year’s hiking, I took only film with me on a lot of the hikes this year and have decided to break my posts down on a per-hike basis. The hike to Lake Saxonia is the first one we take each year since it’s my mom’s favorite lake and it’s a good getting-used-to-the-altitude hike. And yeah, the last photo here is one of my recurring photo subjects.

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New Year’s Walk

Exploring—a little bit—a new to us park for New Year’s. It hadn’t snowed since Thanksgiving but it was cold enough that the lakes had mostly frozen over. Only a quarter inch thick so you could still see the water below. We watched the wind blow the leaves over the surface.

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Washington DC

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Between Christmas and New Year’s we spent a few days in Virginia where we spent Thanksgiving. We decided to go into DC for one of those days and take the boys to the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History. No reviews or anything from this trip. Just fun to see the boys get excited about airplanes and skeletons and dinosaurs and rockets and the subway.

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Christmas

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Our first real Christmas morning. We’ve previously always had a small one and been off to our parents’s homes (all of them) for the rest of the day. But this year we’re on the opposite coast and all on our own. Getting our first real Christmas tree was fun enough. Actually doing a full-size Christmas morning was pretty great.

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