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Old 04-04-2015, 09:51 AM   #4
rdl
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When my kids were young, I didn't want the extra weight of tents and wanted to be certain of having an open lean-to as a destination. So we rented one of the lean-tos at JBL. It's a 4-5 mile easy hike, Johns Brook is right in front of the lean-to for swimming and fooling around in, easily obtained drinkable water nearby and plenty of options for hiking. I think you can also purchase food at JBL, but we never did that.

We started doing that when my kids were 4 and 7 and continued that off and on for years. The first year we got a small pack for my daughter, stuffed it with cheerios and marshmallows -- it looked like the pack was bigger than her but it probably weighed 5 lbs or less.
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