I took a hike this weekend on Artist Bluff and Bald Mountain in the Franconia area, and I learned a lot.

One thing is that I am not as young as I used to be.

The second was how spectacular the scenery is around New England.

The majesty and the beauty of New England just can’t be beaten. I can't wait for my wife Shawn to move here. I also learned that I need to get a pair of crampons before my next hike.

I ran into a bunch of slippery patches.

I thought I would take the opportunity to pass on some information that Fish and Game relayed to WMUR.

The temperature is dropping, and you have to be prepared to get out there.

In fact, just last Saturday, conservation officers had to help a hiker who was not prepared for the White Dot Trail on Mount Monadock.  The hiker called 911 seeking assistance and Fish and Game helped walk him off the mountain.

A good tip they passed on to WMUR was to look up hikesafe.com.

There you will find all the information you need on how to prepare to hike, the right clothes to take and most importantly – plan ahead.

With some wintery weather packing some strong winds in the week ahead you do NOT want to be caught out there unprepared, so head over to hikesafe.com and find out what you need to do to stay safe.