People who live in Vermont love to celebrate occasions, big or small, in nature with fun outdoor adventure. Paddle tennis and cocktails in the hut, a round of golf, a candlelit campfire in the woods, or in the case of our family....a hike. We like all of those other things and more but...hiking seems to the the thing the whole family enjoys. Don't get me wrong, we are not pros. We have one parent (cough, cough, not me) who can run up the mountain, we have lots of kids who can run up the mountain....and we have a few of us slower, asthmatics who bring up the rear. In fact, mama here is guaranteed to be wheezing herself up to the top.