Speaking of summer, it is clearly the summer season throughout all 12 AMC chapters. There are — I counted them — 84 outings for the coming weekend, June 26 or 27, listed online under “current trips.” I found trips being led by hiking, outings, paddling, and biking committees, and by family trips committees as well, and by chapters from Washington, D.C., to Maine. Some had already filled, but many others still had openings. Reading through the list, my energy and excitement rose: So many outdoor adventures just waiting to be discovered!
Even listings that weren’t explicitly categorized as “family trips” looked like they’d work well for families with children. For example, a walk through Pelham Bay Park on Saturday, June 26, had a boxed F and N next to it, marking it as open to first-time hikers and new members. The description invited people to join a “park walk on the beautiful Siwanoy Trail in the north Bronx.” It sounds like a hike children would enjoy.
On Sunday, June 27, the Narragansett Chapter is hosting an event that is specifically tagged as a family trip. The short description online called it a climbing trip at Lincoln Woods in Rhode Island, but the longer description makes it clear the trip offers much more than the chance to do a little top-roping. “Casual day in the park to see friends, meet people, and have some fun too!” it says. “Everyone is welcome, including non AMCers. Spend the day or stop by for a little while.” A partial list of activities that are available on June 27 at Lincoln Woods: hiking, climbing, biking, walking, paddling, swimming, running, and fishing!
Also on Sunday, the New Hampshire Chapter is offering a family trips bike ride along the Pemigewasset River to Franklin Falls Dam, just over six miles on an off-road trail. The ride is part of a weekend celebration at Cardigan Lodge of 30 years of family trips through the New Hampshire Chapter. Reservations are required for both the celebration at Cardigan and the bike ride to Franklin Falls.
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“Great Kids, Great Outdoors” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Kristen Laine.