Today I decided to take my 9 and 10 year old boys to Mt Manadnock in beautiful New Hampshire today. We left Boston in the rain and were determined to get to the top of the second most hiked mountain in the world behind Fiji. The hike could not have been better as we explored, talked and were challenged with the 3100 ft above sea level summit. Even though the salamander, giant mushrooms, waterfalls and inch worms were amazing to see and explore, nothing beat seeing my boys get to the top on their own and knowing how proud they were of themselves and how proud I was of them. On the hike back down, we discussed school, challenges, joys and life as I try to soak up every moment I have with them as they are growing in mind and spirit more and more each day. Hiking should be a requirement for divorced dads ! The trails did more than connect us to the top.