Wet in the Whites

Posted: August 24, 2010 in Family, Hikes, Vacation

John had the boys talked into a post-camp pre-school hiking trip. And before the itinerary was finalized, Shawn was roped in too! After a hot dry summer, wouldn’t you know that the forecast called for three days of rain? Undaunted, we packed our raincoats and headed north!

We entered the woods at the Nineteen Mile Brook trail just north of the Wildcat ski area and began our climb to Carter Notch. The trail was gradual at first and the rain showers came and went as we trudged along the stream. Around the half-way point, the trail got steeper, the rain got a bit heavier, and our pace got a little slower. But we all made it and arrived at the warm respite welcomed by the crew of Carter Notch Hut.

The next day was Jacob’s fourteenth birthday! After a little hazing in the bunk room, the celebration continued with a candle and a mammoth chocolate-chip pancake at the breakfast table!

Our original plan had been to leave Shawn and her rusty knees at the hut while John, Josh, and Jake bagged some 4,000 Footers. But alas, the weather was rather uncooperative and Joshua wasn’t feeling all that well. So, we lingered at the breakfast table and waited to see what would happen. When the sky cleared a bit, John and Jake decided to take a shot at Wildcat’s A Peak – about a mile  and 1,100′ away.

Jake announced he’d meet his dad down the trail and stepped out the door. Two minutes later, John stepped out and headed down the trail expecting to find Jake at the lake or elsewhere nearby. A quarter-mile down the trail, John started to wonder where Jake was. John reasoned that either Jake was ahead of him as planned or, if he’d made a wrong turn early on he’d either return to the hut or, as a faster hiker, catch up. He also figured worst case was for Jake to be way up the mountain alone. So, John did his best to pick up the pace all the while yelling ahead and behind for Jake. John made the summit, out of breath and sweaty, and still no Jake. He began an immediate descent, still wondering what had gone on. When John exhaustedly re-entered the hut to find a safe waiting Jake, all was well. Jake had waited for John on the opposite side of the hut at the wrong trailhead. When John hadn’t come along after about 20 minutes, Jake had returned to the hut to see what was up!!  He’d done the right thing by not taking off into the woods – but all were disappointed he’d missed the peak.

So… We spent the afternoon exploring the Ramparts and the Carter Lakes and playing card games in the hut. It wasn’t quite what we had in mind, but it was a lot of fun!

Our final day dawned just a bit clearer with some warming and drying sun! Jacob ventured back into the Ramparts to get some great pictures before we sat down to another great breakfast and began our trip home!

The hike home was a bit tough on Shawn’s knees but she and John eventually made it down – long after the boys had reached the car and come back for Shawn’s pack.

After a stop in North Conway for lunch at Horsefeathers, we were on the road home.

It was a fun adventure despite the rain! We’ll do it again for sure!

  1. ironboy says:

    Awesome summer ending birthday celebrating adventure for the Intorcio family. Love the pictures. Great job. Sorry you had rain. Funny how it doesn’t spit a drop in months but decides to rain on your party. But you guys handled it like you always do, “you can never have too much fun!”

  2. grampa says:

    Such determination and you don’t let the rain stop you all!
    Great pictures in spite of the weather, etc. I think it’s wonderful that you do all these things altogether! You’re inspiring!
    Love you all and am amazed at your energy!

  3. Kim says:

    Great pics you guys! The boys are so handsome. I also took a look at all the pics from the European vacation – looks like it was awesome – Happy Belated Birthday Shawn!!

  4. […] Jake’s actual fourteenth birthday, we were hiking up in the White Mountains and had only a meager celebration. So, we knew there had to be a little more party […]

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