I took my daughters hiking last Saturday. I love hiking in November, before it snows. All the foliage is gone and you can see deep into the woods. We went up Wright’s Mt, in Bradford, VT. One of the trails brings you to the lookout and cabin in less than a mile. It’s a perfect hike for small children. When I was young my father used to take my brother and me hiking there, when the trail was still an old logging road. Wright’s Mt now has several trails (maintained by volunteers) that vary in length and difficultly. Several different natural communities can be found on the mountain, including ephemeral pools and hemlock forests. In spring and summer there are wildflowers lining the trail. In fall the foliage is stunning and the temperature is perfect for hiking. Snowshoeing up the trails in the winter one might find tracks of fisher, snowshoe hare or deer. Hiking for me is a necessity…like breathing. I need that connection with nature to rejuvenate me. However, as most adults know, life can be an insanely busy affair. Having a place to hike nearby is essential. Wright’s Mt is only 15 minutes from the town of Bradford, which enables me to fit in a hike with my daughters before lunch (though they always insist on a snack no matter what time it is) and make it back in time for any obligations I may have that day. This weekend I managed to fit in a hike, the Annual Wild Game Supper, and (with my daughters) went to see the Wall-Stiles play at Cookeville Café! Without that hike in the morning I doubt I’d have made it through the day. If you haven’t hiked Wright’s Mt yet, I recommend it-especially for parents with young children.