Our Independence Day observance began with a hike. We took the route from Sawyer Mountain Road in Limerick to the summit (3 mile round trip with 680 feet of climbing). We heard some birds and saw a squirrel or two, but the stars of the show were the frogs.
The views from the top were through the trees, but we could see all the way to the White Mountains. According to the sign, it must be possible to see the summit from Portland harbor, but there were no clear views in that direction.
Most importantly, we reminded the kids that a hike can be bearable (and even fun) and they are willing to do some more!