Monday, August 11, 2008

New Hampshire

Just when I thought I was full up with scenery, just couldn't take any more ... along comes this forest stream that sets my heart a fluttering! There is something so special about the deep forest, almost mystical. And the crystal clear water of a mountain stream flowing and sparkling over the round river rocks. Life becomes a dream and all is right with the world.

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The waterfall - Sabbaday Falls - along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire's White Mountains, was icing on the cake.

I just loved the walk thru the woods. There are lots more photos on the web album, just click on any of these to take you there, then use the next and previous buttons at the top of each photo to see more. Yesterday was a memorable day. We left the motorhome at the campground in North Conway, New Hampshire, and took the car for a day trip. Jim used to come up this way every fall when he lived in New Jersey. He has fond memories of Mt. Washington and the Kancamagus highway. He wanted me to see it ... well, alright - if I must. :-) Driving your car up the steep road to the summit of Mt. Washington is one of those things that needs to be on everyone's list. It's privately owned, so there is a fee of $20 for car and driver, then $7 for each passenger. It's well worth it. The mountain is 6,288 feet high, which doesn't sound like much to western standards, but the experience was comparable to my memory of going up 14,000ft+ Pike's Peak in Colorado. It is the 3d highest point in the east, according to Wikipedia, It is known for it's horrible weather and high winds. We were very lucky to have a calm day and lots of spaces thru the clouds. You start the drive in a dense forest. But it quickly gets too windy and cold for the big trees. They get smaller and smaller as you go up. Then disappear altogether along the 12% grade road. Some people hike it. I would love to have that experience, but walking up would be quite a challenge. Someday, I'd like to come back ... take the cog railway up, and hike down! Here we are! Wow - hard to believe, but this is true: And, why is it that going down seems so much steeper?! Odie and I both thanked Jim for showing us these sights yesterday. This will be our only day in New Hampshire (this time around anyway) but it goes down as one of the very best!

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4 comments:

Keith and Kathy said...

We are glad you are enjoying New England. We spent a couple of weeks at a NFS campground on the Kankanagus a couple of years ago.

We highly recommend you don't miss Mystic Seaport in CT, if you head south out of NH.

We enjoy reading your blog. Travel safe.

K&K

Jim said...

K&K,
Mystic Seaport is already on the itenerary. It has been over 30 years since I was there, and Chris has never been.
Stay tuned...

Michael Lockridge said...

I presently sit, late in the night, watching over my sleeping inmates in the jail where I work. Through the magic of the Internet, and your generous blog, I get to visit a part of the country I have not yet visited in person. Thanks again for taking the time to write and share the photos.

Glenn said...

I remember climbing Mt. Washington back when I was a Boy Scout so we're talking a few moons back at this point.

You're right on with the weather. It was sunny and in the 70's at the bottom by the time we hit the summit the wind was howling and the snow was headed sideways. Really incredible. We had always intended to take a car ride back down to the bottom and I'm glad we did. I was beat but it was a great experience.