Day Trippin': DEEP Sky's the Limit Challenge!

If you're like me, it's easy to think of all the reasons why you should stay home instead of taking the kids out. It's too hot, too cold, too wet, too tiring, too sweaty, too embarrassing, too laborious. What if one of the kids decides to poop in the middle of the woods? How do I change a diaper on the trail? What if there are bugs? What if someone trips and gets hurt? What if we come across a Yeti...

There are a thousand reasons every day you can think of to keep you and your kids at home. It's the same voice that can keep you from becoming the best you. It's the voice that says It's too hard, You can't do it, You don't fit in, Don't bother.

That's why it helps to have goals. You have something to aim for, a reason to get moving and get excited. 

If you have a hard time finding the motivation to get outside with your family, consider something like the Sky's the Limit challenge, put on by Connecticut State Parks. They list several hikes in state parks for you and the family and if you complete 10 by December, you'll get a medal. If you complete 14, you're entered to win a hand-carved hiking staff! Pretty cool prizes. All the details are on the DEEP challenge page (don't forget your camera!).   

So pull out your calendar, pick 10-14 days between now and December and plan the trips! I'm going to try and do 10 with my boys but they're pretty young still, so I've implemented my own award system: for every hike we complete, they get a medal (purchased from Amazon). Since the Sky's the Limit hikes are pretty far from NE CT, I'll be considering our own challenge to complete 10 hikes in our area. Of course, the award will still come in the mail...you know...so it seems legit. But for anyone else who wants to see our beautiful state and achieve something as a family, you should really check into the DEEP challenge. 

Let us know if you plan to do it and how it goes! We'll be reviewing each hike we do so be sure to check back and stay up to date on our Facebook page. 

By the way, their site lists all the hikes, but for your reference, here is the list:

Dennis Hill State Park, Route 272, Norfolk
Photo Location:  Dennis Hill Pavilion 
Elevation: 1,627 ft.
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Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Park Ave., Groton
Photo Location:  From the top of the monument
Elevation: 233 ft. 
Map:  None (seasonal)

Haystack Mountain State Park, Route 272, Norfolk
Photo Location:  Haystack Mountain Tower 
Elevation: 1,673 ft.
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Hurd State Park, Route 151, East Hampton
Photo Location:  Split Rock Vista
Elevation: 230 ft.
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Lover’s Leap State Park, Grove St., New Milford 
Photo Location:  Scenic Vista along Falls Mountain Trail
Elevation: 518 ft.
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Macedonia Brook State Park, 159 Macedonia Brook Rd., Kent
Photo Location:  Scenic Vista, Elevation: 1,066 ft. 
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Mohawk Mountain State Forest, 20 Mohawk Mountain Rd., Goshen
Photo Location:  Mohawk Scenic Vista
Elevation: 1,683 ft. 
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Mount Tom State Park, Route 202, Litchfield 
Photo Location:  Mount Tom Tower
Elevation: 1,291 ft.
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Pachaug State Forest Chapman Area, Route 49, Voluntown 
Photo Location:  Mount Misery Overlook
Elevation: 459 ft. 
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Shenipsit State Forest, Gulf Road, Somers 
Photo Location: Soapstone Mountain Observation Tower (currently closed)
Elevation: 886 ft. 
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Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden 
Photo Location:  Stone Observation Tower on the Peak of Mt. Carmel
Elevation: 738 ft. 
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Southford Falls State Park, 175 Quaker Farms Rd., Rt. 188, Southbury 
Photo Location: Fire Tower
Elevation: 561 ft.
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Talcott Mountain State Park, Route 185, Simsbury 
Photo Location:  Heublein Tower
Elevation: 915 ft.
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West Rock Ridge State Park, Wintergreen Ave., Hamden 
Photo Location:  Scenic Vista by the Upper Pavilion
Elevation: 627 ft. 
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