Jul 272010

ISO 80; f/5; 1/250; 23.5mm 1:00pm (Canon SD950 IS)


ISO 80; f/5; 1/320; 23.5mm 7:45AM (Canon SD950 IS)


My mom and Fred are two very active seniors.  In the top photo, Fred is kayaking on Silver Lake in the Modnacknock region of New Hampshire.  He built that kayak himself.

Fred’s the kind of guy that can get up in the morning and take a hike up Pack Madnanock as if it is a morning stroll. To her credit, my mom does her best to keep up with him. It doesn’t matter what season it is, Fred is outdoors – snowshoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing.

Fred’s not just an outdoorsman — he’s old-school renaissance man.  Remember the winter storm of 2008 when the electricity went out in the Northeast?  Fred didn’t evacuate for creature comfort.  He stayed the duration which turned out to be over a week.  He chopped his wood for warmth, melted ice for water and who knows what else but I wouldn’t doubt if he trapped or shot (he’s quite the marksman) his own dinner.  Fred was so content in survivor mode that his neighbors finally had to break it to him that the electricity had been back on on for a couple days.

Knowing all this, I was still caught off guard the next morning when Fred suggested that we take a “walk” up a “hill” to go get some blueberries.

Mind you, my niece and I did not even have a pair of sneakers with us… and this “hill” was a marked trail through the woods.  It was uphill, so that part was true.  But not the grassy knoll with eye-level blueberry bushes at the top, as my niece and I had imagined.  Instead they were at ground level with lots of pricky, scratchy things… and the blueberries so small that they were hardly worth picking.  Fred and my mom swore that they were large, juicy ones last year.

ISO 80; f/5; 1/320; 23.5mm 7:24AM (Canon SD950 IS)

My niece, Devon following Fred on walk up “Blueberry Hill”

Whoever heard of a “hill” with trail markers?

ISO 125; f/2.8; 1/20; 77mm; 7:21 am (Canon SD950 IS)


Yes, of course we had fun!  Well, the adults did.  My niece bailed on me the rest of my vacation.

  10 Responses to “THEME: Athletic (in The Great Outdoors)”

  1. Lovely story, Judi. You’ll need a vacation from your vacation after spending time with Fred.

  2. Please tell Fred that he is my hero!

  3. Good for your Mom!! Sounds like Fred is a pistol. Love that rowboat reflection, but I really love the one of you guys going up the trail. Looks like fun!

  4. It does look like more than a stroll, fun story.

  5. It must be exhausting trying to keep up with Fred! He sounds like a dynamo. Great blueberry story.

  6. Judi – it all sounds so familiar — I went hiking with Fred once and I think he went 3/4 of the way to the top back down to talk for a few minutes and then turned around and walked back up again before I was even 1/2 way! Isn’t the kayak beautiful!

    • That’s so funny! I did get a photo of him sitting down while waiting for us. My mom couldn’t believe it! But it was a hot morning – and we were slow to follow. I have a whole series of blurry Fred photos that I’m thinking of posting. He moves at a higher rate than the rest of us.

      And yes, that kayak is beautiful– and light — he can carry it all by himself. He brought his other kayak as well which Devon and I took turns using.

  7. I’m with fred, Don’t let fact stand in the way of a good story. Of course the Blueberries were large, you just whimpped out too early. LOL

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