This has been an action-packed weekend. After church yesterday, the Adventurer Club met at the Haggett Farm. They worked on their Tree Fun patch, and I got to serve as the expert tree identifier for them. They found plenty of maple (striped, sugar, and red), oak (red and white), witch hazel, beech, birch, white pine, hemlock, spruce, and balsam fir. I know Ken has Sassafras and cherry up there too, but we didn’t come across any. He also has an orchard. We also hiked down to the beaver pond. I took a few photos while there, some of which I really liked:
An old stump in the beaver pond
Pool of Water
The broken footbridge crosses the creek that drains the beaver pond. The water just kind of seeps out between the rocks in the dam and then pools up (picture three) before gathering itself into the stream. I really liked the photo of the pool.
After the Adventurer activities were finished, we hung around until the Haggett’s annual Harvest Party. Ken built a bonfire and we all gathered around it and ate a potluck meal. There was plenty of good food to go around. After dark Ken fired up the tractor and pulled a hay wagon around the farm (complete with riders). Before he put it in gear though he gave a speech about how important it was for everyone to stay on the wagon, because he didn’t want to accidentally run over anyone. And everybody but one kid listened to his advice. He thought it would be a good idea to hang over the front edge of the wagon and kick at the wagon wheel. Which promptly grabbed him and sucked him under. Yes, he was run over by the wagon from his calf over his right shoulder. He seemed OK to me, and for the most part, he was. It was in a soft pasture, so the wagon pressed him down into the ground rather than crushing every bone it passed over (which was a lot). We had two doctors on board and they did a quick examination by the light of several flash lights. Then they took him up to the house and had a better look. His parents took him in for X-rays. No broken bones, no internal bleeding, but lots of road rash (or pasture rash I suppose) and some bruising. Anyhow, he’s in pretty good shape considering what happened.
That brings me to today. For Jonathan’s fitness class, he has been organizing hikes, and the last one was today. We hiked up Mount Major. Three kids from the Pathfinder Club came with us and we also brought Penny. David was busy with school work, and Beth decided to sit this one out.
When we got there, I guess there must have been 200 cars parked along the shoulders of the road. Needless to say, the parking lot was at capacity as well. It was a perfect day to take that hike with the leaves pretty much at peak, holiday weekend (Columbus Day), and perfect weather.
I whipped out my camera about half way up the mountain, took a picture, and was told (by the camera) “No Memory Card” – boo. Luckily, I have a tiny one in my camera bag. It has enough room to hold six full-sized pictures. I reduced the image size so I was able to take a few more than that. Here’s a nice one:
Fall Foliage from Mount Major
Here’s another showing Lake Winnipesaukee:
Lake Winnipesaukee from Mount Major
We got down to the bottom again by about 1:00pm and headed home. Shortly after that, it was time for a Pathfinder meeting. Today we worked on the President’s Fitness Challenge. Luckily, I had to run the stop watch to time everyone in the mile, so I kinda got out of it. Va had invited the Adventurer’s too, because they also need to do that. So we ended up running all the kids through all five events (the mile, shuttle run, V-sit, push ups, and sit-ups). We did that first so the Adventurers wouldn’t have to wait for us to get to that part of our meeting.
At the meeting we finished up the theory portion of the Hiking honor. And now here I am at home, pretty much wiped out.