Appalachian Trail Cheat

Hanover, NH to Rockland, ME

    Photo: Joyce Pendola

Don’t Let Doritos Win

If you're going to munch while you drive—and you are—then ditch the fatty chips for this homemade highway mix. Full of nutrients like iron, zinc, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids, it's good brain fuel and will keep you focused on the road.

Mix 1 cup peanuts, ½ cup pump­kin seeds, ¼ cup sunflower seeds, ½ cup walnuts, 2 tbsp canola oil, 1 tbsp honey. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool. Mix in ¾ cup dried cranberries, ½ cup chopped dried apricots, and ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips.
—MONIQUE RYAN

Appalachian Trail Cheat
Be honest with yourself: You're not taking the summer off to hike the Appalachian Trail. The next best thing? Drive it. Start in Han­over, New Hampshire, where the AT begins to trace the White Mountains, drive to Lincoln, and follow the 37-mile Kancamagus Highway through scenery that's more Rockies than New England. In Jackson, avoid the line of cars ascending Mount Washington. Instead, take a real climbing lesson with North Face–sponsored guide Mark Synnott, who leads multi-pitch climbs up 700-foot Cathedral Ledge (newhampshireclimbing.com). Crash at the Wildcat Inn and Tavern (doubles, $80; thewildcatinn.com), unless it's Tuesday—open-mike night—in which case you'll want to stay in nearby North Conway. July is prime feeding time in Maine, and blueberry stands are ubiquitous as you make the 80-mile drive up the coast on Route 1 along Penobscot Bay. Stop in Rockland for the Maine Lobster Festival (mainelobsterfestival.com), in late July. Once you've overdosed on crustacean, head five minutes south to the 183-year-old Owls Head Lighthouse. From the tower, look out on the rugged coastline; from the rocky beach below, kayak out to the Muscle Ridge Islands, where seals play in the shallows (rentals at Water Walker Sea Kayaks; touringkayaks.com). Miles: 305 Days: 3 Theme Song: "The Party's Over," Willie Nelson

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