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Mt. Washington

This blog post continues my account of our 7-day vacation, in early August this year, in New Hampshire’s White Mountains region.

On August 3 we drove ourselves up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. In addition to driving yourself to the Mt. Washington Summit, there are other alternatives to include: hiking to the summit; riding a bicycle or a motorcycle; riding the cog railway; or paying for a guided van tour.  The Auto Road is a toll road.  After paying a toll of $29.00 for car and driver plus an additional $9.00 for me, we drove the 8-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road to the summit and back. The Auto Road is narrow, and there are no guard rails.  I have ridden the Auto Road three times in my adult life.  It doesn’t get any easier.  It is a scary road! My heart feels like it is in my throat both during the ascent and descent!  If you drive slowly and keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, you will make it up and back safely.  The views are amazing, both on the road and from the top.

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This is the view from one of the stops that we made on our way up to the top of Mt. Washington.
You can see part of the Auto Road that we had already driven.

At the summit it was 50 degrees, with winds less than 10 MPH.

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Mt. Washington Cog Railway, arriving at the summit

_LG24778 4x6Mt. Washington Observatory

_LG24779 4x6Bob and I at Mt. Washington Summit

There are buildings at the summit to visit.  We didn’t visit any of those buildings.  We spent a little over 30 minutes at the summit checking out the view and getting our picture taken at the summit sign.

I took the following photographs during our descent.

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I did not record the amount of time it took us to ascend or descend Mt. Washington.  I did read on the Internet that the van tours take 30 minutes each way.  I do know that we took longer than that, as we made a couple stops going up and going down.

Once reaching the base of Mt. Washington, we ate our picnic lunch at the Glen View Cafe, across Route 16 from the Auto Road. We chose to sit outside the cafe on an elevated deck. We enjoyed the view of Mt. Washington, while we ate lunch.

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We ate lunch at the Glen View Cafe.
The deck provided an excellent view of Mt. Washington!

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After lunch we toured the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum, located just outside the Glen View Cafe.

_LG24806 4x6the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum

This barn was built at the turn of the century.  It is used to display objects and memorabilia from the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s history, as well as some of the horse-drawn and motor vehicles that once made the 8-mile journey to the top of Mt. Washington. Highlights include an 1870s Abbot-Downing Concord Coach, a 1918 Pierce-Arrow and a 1938 Ford station wagon.

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_LG24807 4x61918 Pierce Arrow 7 Passenger Touring Car

_LG24811 4x61938 Ford Station Wagon

No fee was charged to tour the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum.

This blog post concludes Day 5 of our 7-day New Hampshire vacation.

More of New Hampshire’s White Mountains Region

On August 2, at 7:10 am, we departed our hotel for another drive around the White Mountains region.  We had much better weather this day than we did the previous day.    We began our drive in the opposite direction of yesterday’s drive. We drove the Kancamagus Highway from west to east, but not all the way to Conway. We turned off at Bear Notch Road.

We made several stops along the Kancamagus Highway.

_LG24546 4x6This is a panoramic view from a pull off, located soon after the Hancock Overlook.

_LG24550 4x6Pemigewasset Overlook

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Ledge Brook Falls

IMG_20160802_082859 4x6Bob climbed down to the creek bed to photograph Ledge Brook Falls through the underpass.

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Our next stop was at Sabbaday Falls.  According to a sign near the trail head, this is how Sabbaday Falls got its name.

Legend has it that one Saturday night, with winter rapidly approaching, workmen building a road from Albany Intervale to Waterville decided it was time to call it quits.  They hid their tools, planning to return the following spring.  Before leaving on Sunday morning, they named the brook Sabbady Brook for the Sabbath Day…The workers never returned to complete the road, but the name has endured.

_LG24587 4x6Sabbady Falls, 0.3 miles straight ahead

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Sabbaday Brook

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Sabbaday Falls
See the bridge above the falls?
We climbed the trail to the bridge.

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Sabbaday Falls, during our ascent

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Sabbaday Falls, as viewed from the footbridge


Our last stop on the Kancamagus Highway was at the Russell-Colbath Historic Site.  The Historic Site includes the Russell-Colbath House, a timber frame barn, and a cemetery.

_LG24605 4x6The Russell-Colbath House was built in 1832.

The house is the only original structure left from the town of Passaconaway.  Inside the house are old photos and household items of the time that show how life might have been in the early to mid 1800’s.

_LG24606 4x6The barn was constructed in 2003 from rough sawn timbers,
milled from trees at this site using a portable saw mill.

The White Mountains National Forest employees were holding a meeting at the barn on the day we visited.

_LG24608 4x6Passaconaway Cemetery

We reached Bear Notch Road at 10:00 am. Bear Notch Road also allows us to bypass Conway.  You might recall from my previous blog post that traffic in Conway is heavy and stop and go all the way through the town.  There are several scenic turnoffs along the road, none of which identified what you were looking at.

_LG24612 4x6One of several scenic overlooks along Bear Notch Road

At the end of Bear Notch Road we turned right onto Route 302, toward Conway.  We drove only as far as the Intervale Scenic Vista. The view was outstanding! We could see Mt. Washington way off in the distance.

_LG24626 4x6The Intervale Scenic Vista provides a stunning overlook of Mt. Washington.

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The clouds lifted enough that we could see the towers on top of Mt. Washington!

What a difference a day makes!

_LG24495 4x6Intervale Scenic Vista, the previous day
Mt. Washington was covered by those thick clouds!

From Intervale we followed Route 16 north and soon reached the town of Jackson, where we saw two covered bridges.

_LG24631 4x6the Honeymoon Bridge

This “honeymoon” or “kissing bridge” received its nickname from the tradition of lovers kissing under it for good luck. Jackson’s endearing symbol for over a century, the Paddleford truss bridge was constructed about 1876 by Charles Broughton and his son Frank.

_LG24630 4x6The Honeymoon Bridge spans the Ellis River.

Jackson’s second covered bridge is located on a golf course.

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A little farther north on Route 16 we saw a female moose alongside the road. I just caught a glimpse of her, as Bob drove by. We turned around and passed by the moose. She had not moved. We both saw her. We turned around again so that we would be on the same side of the road as the moose. When we returned to the spot where we had seen her, she was no longer there.  I didn’t capture a photograph of the moose, but I can at least say I saw a moose!

Our two longest stops along Route 16 were at Glen Ellis Falls and Wildcat Mountain.

Glen Ellis Falls plunges 64 feet into a deep green pool.  The waterfall is popular, based on the number of people that were there the day we visited.  The trail is short (0.6 mi round trip) and not exceptionally difficult.  The most difficult part for me was walking up and down the steps.  When we were there three young men were jumping into the water at and near the falls.

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My walking stick was useful on the uneven trail and on the stairs.
(Photo by Bob)

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Glen Ellis Falls

(Be sure to click on HD for best video quality.)

At Wildcat Mountain Bob rode the zipline. It was Bob’s first time on a zipline.  I refused to ride the zipline.  I am quite happy to fly only in an airplane!


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Bob’s zipline adventure began at the Snowcat Triple chairlift at the base of Wildcat Mountain.

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The chairlift takes you to the Ziprider start platform.

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Bob, soaring through the air

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We ate a picnic lunch at Wildcat Mountain.  Bob said he really liked his zipline ride and wanted to go again.  While he made his way back to the Ziprider start platform, I went to the car to change camera lenses from a 12-40mm lens to a 40-150mm lens.

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With a longer lens I was able to capture Bob’s abrupt stop at the landing platform.

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Oh, yes.  I am glad that I did not go for a ride on the zipline.  I would NOT have liked the stop at the end of the line!

Bob’s first zipline ride cost $20.00; the second ride cost $10.00. A third ride would have cost $5.00.

Departing Wildcat Mountain, we turned right to continue driving north on Route 16.  At Gorham we turned left onto Route 2, which we followed through Randolph.  We turned left onto Route 115.  From Route 115 we made out way to Route 3 and then to Route 302.  We found ourselves back at the overlook of the Mount Washington Hotel.  I photographed the hotel from this overlook the previous day, which was a gloomy and rainy day.

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Here’s a photograph of the hotel from a slightly different vantage point.

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How grand!

Leaving the overlook of Mount Washington Hotel we turned left onto Route 302, retracing our steps back to Route 3.  Heading south on Route 3, the road soon joins I-93/Franconia Notch Parkway.  Our next stop was at the Hugh J. Gallen scenic overlook bridge.  Mr. Gallen was Governor of New Hampshire from January 4, 1979 through December 29, 1982.

_LG24725 4x6Hugh J. Gallen scenic overlook bridge

On the right-hand side of the bridge you can see Mount Lafayette.

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Its summit, at 5,249 feet, is the highest point in the Franconia Notch and the
ninth highest peak in the White Mountains.

Mount Lafayette is named to honor General Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with and significantly aided the Continental Army and was loved and adopted by George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.  Lafayette re-visited New Hampshire during 1824-1825, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Our last sightseeing stop was at the former site of the Old Man of the Mountain natural stone profile.  We visited this attraction the previous day but wanted to see the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza, when it wasn’t raining. The Old Man of the Mountain collapsed on May 3, 2003.  Today the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza honors the memory of the Old Man of the Mountain.

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_LG24741 4x6The Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza includes seven steel “profilers”
that recreate the visage of the Old Man looking over Franconia Notch.

You stand on the footprints that match your height, squint with one eye and magically the Old Man of the Mountain returns!

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It was dinner time, when we left the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza.  We ate dinner at the El Charro Mexican Restaurant in Lincoln.   It was an expensive, but excellent choice for dinner.  We ordered Chicken Enchiladas (me) and Pechuga A La Diabla (Bob), which was grilled chicken smothered in a chipotle mayo sauce.  We split a Helado Frito ice cream dessert.  The food was delicious; service was great.

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Helado Frito, a yummy Mexican ice cream dessert

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This blog post concludes Day 4 of our 7-day New Hampshire vacation.

The White Mountains Trail

We spent the day on August 1 exploring New Hampshire’s White Mountains region.

We began our day with a breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, cinnamon raisin bagels, an orange and coffee/tea…all of which we brought from home. We sat at a small table inside our hotel room and ate breakfast.  Shortly before 8:00 am we left on our tour of the White Mountains region.  Our tour of choice was the White Mountains Trail.

The White Mountains Trail begins and ends at the White Mountains Visitor Center in North Woodstock.  The trail is a 100 mile loop through sections of the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest and past many of the region’s most popular attractions.  We drove the entire trail, making many photo stops along the way.  We had a good day, although it was a rainy and gloomy day.

We began our tour of the White Mountains region from the Rodeway Inn, located along Route 3, 2.9 miles north of the White Mountains Visitor Center. Turning north onto Route 3 our first stop was 1.8 miles from our hotel.  Seen on the western (left) side of Route 3 is the Indian Head Profile on Mt. Pemigewasset.

_LG24429 4x6Natural rock profile resembling Indian Chief

Continuing our drive, we entered the Franconia Notch State Park,  We learned that a “notch” is the pass between two mountain ranges.  The lofty peaks of the Kinsman range on our left and the Franconia range on our right framed our passage through the park.

Our second stop was 2.4 miles farther north.  We passed up The Flume Gorge, as it had not yet opened for the day.  We planned to visit The Flume Gorge later during our vacation, but that visit never happened.  Heading north on Rotue 3, the road joined I-93/Franconia Notch Parkway.  Our second stop was at the Basin.  It was a short and easy hike from the parking lot to the Basin.  It had not yet begun to rain.  We spent about an hour exploring the Basin area.

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A sign at this site provided information about the Basin.

This large pothole in the Pemigewasset River, 30 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep, had its beginning some 25,000 years ago as the Ice Age came to a close. Water flowing from the melting glacier that filled Franconia Notch eroded the solid granite bedrock. During the thousands of years that followed sand and stones were whirled around by the force of the river causing a boring action that left the sidewalls smooth. The rock formation seen in the stream bed at the outlet has been known for generations as “The Old Man’s Foot”.

The great American naturalist, Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), on his first trip to the White Mountains in September of 1839 stood here, as you do, and watched the water cascade into the granite bowl and whirlpool around its walls. He would later write in his Journal, “this pothole is perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England.”

Samuel Eastman in his 1858 White Mountain Guide called this spot “One of the beautiful haunts of Nature, a luxurious and delicious bath fit for the ablutions of a goddess.”

From the Basin we drove another 2.4 miles and stopped at Boise Rock.

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According to a sign at this site, Boise Rock has been a part of the history and folklore of Franconia Notch for generations.

Thomas Boise, a noted teamster of this region was sledding through the Notch in mid-winter, soon after the first road was built. Overtaken by a fierce snowstorm, he was unable to continue on. Realizing he must take drastic action to survive, he killed and skinned his horse. Crawling under the overhang of this rock, he wrapped himself in the hide and spent the night.  Men sent out the next day to search for him found Tom still alive but encased in the frozen hide that had to be cut away with axes in order to release him.

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_LG24460 4x6Cannon Cliff, on the left
This is the direction we drove, when we left Boise Rock.

A mile further we stopped at the former site of the Old Man of the Mountain natural stone profile.

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August 10, 1999

The Old Man of the Mountain collapsed on May 3, 2003.

Today the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza honors the memory of the Old Man of the Mountain.

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It was a short walk, along a paved path, from the parking lot to the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza.

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We returned to the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza on another day of our vacation.  Other photographs will be shared in a future blog post.

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It was raining, as we walked back to our car
from the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza.

Traveling north again on I-93, we took Exit 35 onto Route 3N.  We passed by the Mt. Cleveland Overlook, the Beaver Brook Rest Area and trails and through the village of Twin Mountain.  We turned right onto Route 302E.  Our next photo stop was 18.1 miles from Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza.  We stopped an overlook of the Mount Washington Hotel.

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It was raining hard, when I took this picture.  We returned to this overlook on another day of our vacation.  Other photographs of this grand hotel will be shared in a future blog post.

We continued on Route 302 through Crawford Notch and Crawford Notch State Park.  Our next two photo stops were within 4.2 miles of Mount Washington Hotel.

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This natural rock formation is located 3.5 miles from the Mount Washington Hotel.

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Silver Cascade Falls
This waterfall is located 0.7 miles from the Elephant Head.

If I recall correctly, it was drizzling rain when we stopped at the Elephant Head and Silver Cascade Falls.  There was a heavy mist all around us.

We continued on Route 302 past Bear Notch Road east to the Bartlett Covered Bridge, located 18 miles from our last stop.

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Back on Route 302 we continued east to Glen, where it joined Route 16 south.  Our next stop, which was 5.4 miles from Bartlett, was at the Intervale Scenic Vista from which one can see Mt. Washington.

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Somewhere out there is Mt. Washington.

We ate a picnic lunch at the Intervale Scenic Vista.  We sat in our car because it was raining.

After lunch, we continued on Route 16 through Conway.    We stopped at the L.L. Bean Outlet store, where I purchased a raincoat.  We avoided Conway for the rest of our vacation, as traffic was heavy and stop and go all the way through the town.

Our next photo stop was at the Saco Covered Bridge, located 7.2 miles from Intervale.  The bridge is visible from Route 16; however, you have to leave that roadway to see the bridge up close and personal.

_LG24502 4x6Saco Covered Bridge is located on East Side Road (N.H. Route 153).

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We returned to Route 16.  At the junction of Routes 16 and 113 we turned right onto Route 113. We turned right onto Route 112, the Kancamagus Highway.  We had to pay close attention to the road, as Kancamagus Highway was located only 1 mile from Saco Covered Bridge.

We reached the Kancamagus Highway at 3:12 pm. The highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive between the towns of Conway in the east and North Woodstock in the west.  The Kancamagus Highway was named for an early Indian Chief of the Penacook Confederacy.  We made several stops along the highway, as we made our way east to west.

_LG24530 4x6It does not cost anything to drive on the Kancamagus Highway.
However, if you stop at any of the recreational areas, a recreation pass is required.

Our first stop on the Kancamagus Highway was at the Albany Covered Bridge.

_LG24508 4x6The Albany Covered Bridge is located 6.2 miles west along the Kancamagus Highway.

IMG_20160801_153528 4x6The Albany Covered Bridge spans the Swift River.

Our second stop on the Kancamagus Highway was at Lower Falls Scenic Area, a short 0.7 mile drive from the Albany Covered Bridge.  The Lower Falls Scenic Area, located on the Swift River, is one of several wonderful places to swim along the Kancamagus Highway.

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Look at the low-lying clouds.
It was drizzling rain, when we stopped here.
Did the rain / the weather stop people from spending the afternoon swimming?
Not at all!

What’s a little rain, when you are wet already!  (Be sure to click on HD for best video quality.)

When we left the Lower Falls Scenic Area we passed by several points of interest, as the weather, for the most part, was not conducive for taking quality pictures. We did, however, make three more photo stops along the Kancamagus Highway..

Our next two stops were at scenic overlooks: the Sugar Hill Scenic Vista and the C.L. Graham Wangan Ground scenic overlook.  The Sugar Hill overlook was 10.6 miles from the Lower Falls Scenic Area, and the C.L. Graham overlook was 4.4 miles farther east on the Kancamagus Highway.

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I wanted to stop at these two scenic overlooks because the low-lying clouds over the mountains were beautiful!

Our final stop on the Kancamagus Highway was 8.3 miles from the C.L. Graham Wangan Overlook.  We stopped at the Lincoln Woods trailhead, where we discovered a suspension bridge spanning the Pemigewasset River.

_LG24543 4x6The Lincoln Woods Trail crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River
via this 160-foot-long suspension bridge.

We walked across the suspension bridge.

_LG24544 4x6Halfway across the bridge I took this photograph of the Pemigewasset River.
The bridge in the distance is the Kancamagus Highway.

It was less than a 6-mile drive to Truants Taverne in North Woodstock, where we ate dinner.  Bob ordered a Mushroom and Onion Burger with Onion Rings; I ordered a BBQ Bacon Burger with French fries.  Dinner was good.  We returned to our hotel, after dinner, and were in bed by 8:00 pm!

This blog post concludes Day 3 of our 7-day New Hampshire vacation.

Bennington VT to Lincoln NH

On July 31 we were up, showered and dressed ready for breakfast by 6:30 am. Breakfast was included in our hotel accommodation. We had to wait, as breakfast didn’t begin until 7:00 am.

Breakfast was good, what we have come to expect when we stay at Best Western hotels…eggs, sausage, bagel and an assortment of pastries, waffles, fruit, yogurt,tea and coffee. I had an egg and sausage bagel sandwich and a banana for breakfast. Bob had eggs, sausage and a pastry for his breakfast. I brought a hot tea back to room with me. I sat outside our room on a chair on the covered corridor drinking my tea and listening to the rain drops fall. How very peaceful and relaxing!

We departed the Best Western Bennington at 8:00 am en route Cynthia (Bob’s sister) and Larry’s house. We followed VT 9 from Bennington VT to Brattleboro VT.  The Molly Stark Trail, as VT 9 is called, winds its way through low-lying valleys, historic villages, busy towns, and the beautiful Green Mountains.  This route passes through gorgeous scenery.  It is the route I enjoy most when we travel between home and Bob’s sister’s house in New Hampshire.  Had it been a sunny morning, we would have made a few photo stops along the way.  It was a rainy morning, though, and the views were not very good or nonexistent. We did make one photo stop at a covered bridge. The covered bridge was located in Brattleboro, VT. It was raining, but I got out and photographed the covered bridge anyway. Bob walked with me, holding an umbrella over my head.

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Creamery Covered Bridge

We walked through and around the bridge.

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_LG24418 4x6Creamery Covered Bridge is 80 feet long and 19 feet wide.
The bridge spans the Whetstone Brook.

We arrived at Cynthia and Larry’s house in Amherst, NH shortly before 11:00 am. We spent the next 4 hours eating lunch, conversing with each other and playing with their dog Weezie. Cynthia and Larry recently converted their screened porch into a sunroom and shed. We spent the majority of our time there in the sunroom.  The sunroom was very comfortable and quite cozy.

We enjoyed a selection of appetizers before lunch which included crackers, meat, cheese, smoked trout, shrimp cocktail, an assortment of vegetables and a few other things I can’t recall.

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Yummy, smoked trout!

Our lunch entree was lobster rolls, accompanied by pasta salad.

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How elegant!

For dessert we split large peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes.

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(Photo provided by Cynthia)

Lunch was exceptionally good.

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To take this picture I used my selfie stick, which had been sitting in my camera bag unused for quite a while. My selfie stick came in handy, as I forgot my tripod at home.

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Thanks for everything Cynthia and Larry.
We enjoyed our visit with you very much.

We left Cynthia and Larry’s house at 3:15 pm en route Lincoln, NH. We arrived at the Rodeway Inn a couple hours later.

_LG24426 4x6Rodeway Inn – our home for 4 nights

Our hotel room was on the ground floor, Room 104, and faced Route 3.  Our room was simply furnished with two double beds, a nightstand, a table and two chairs, refrigerator, dresser and flat screen TV. There was plenty of outdoor seating, under cover. Our room was small, nothing fancy.  It was clean; the air conditioning worked; and it was quiet.  We spent 4 nights at this hotel and had only one complaint.  We were told not to use the toaster that we brought with us in our room.  We were allowed to use our electric teakettle, but not the toaster.  There was a toaster in the breakfast room that we could use.  However, the toaster was on a timer.  We were out and about in the morning before the toaster became available for use.

At dinner time we drove into North Woodstock, located about 3 miles south of our hotel.

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We were welcomed in North Woodstock by the “mayor”.

We ate dinner at the Landmark II Greek Restaurant. Bob ordered a chef salad; I ordered a meatloaf dinner accompanied with mashed potatoes and a tossed salad. Our meals were excellent. Our waiter was personal and attentive. We met the owner, who was personable as well. We didn’t meet the chef but learned his name is Andre. He is a very good chef.

After dinner we returned to our hotel and went for a walk along Route 3.

IMG_20160731_193749 4x6During our walk, we stopped for a look at the Pemigewasset River.
The river is located on the opposite side of the road from the Rodeway Inn.
(Photo by Bob)

_LG24425 4x6A very rocky Pemigewasset River!

Each evening and each morning I sat outside our door, admiring the view.

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This mountain range is to the north, toward the east.
According to our brother-in-law, this is the Franconia Ridge.

This blog post concludes Day 2 of our 7-day New Hampshire vacation.

Thanksgiving 2012

We spent the Thanksgiving Day holiday in New Hampshire with Bob’s sister, Cynthia, Cynthia’s husband Larry, and Larry’s mother Marion.   Except for witnessing a three-vehicle accident in Vermont on Thanksgiving Day, while traveling Route 9 en route New Hampshire, and wintery conditions for the last 100 miles on our way back home on Saturday, driving conditions were good.  The traffic accident was a little too close for comfort.  I am thankful that Bob and I were not involved in the accident and that there were no serious injuries as a result of the accident.  We encountered white-out conditions on Interstate 86 / Route 17 in New York on Saturday on our way back home.  I am thankful that the first 400+ miles were driven in good driving conditions and that we made it home safely!

We had a great visit with Cynthia, Larry and Marion.

Larry carves the turkey, while his mother prepares the gravy

Table set; ready for Thanksgiving Day dinner

On Friday Bob, Larry, Cynthia, Weezie and I went for a walk at the Ponemah Bog Wildlife Refuge.

Larry and Weezie on boardwalk trail leading to pond

3-acre pond

Cynthia, Larry and Weezie on one of the pond’s viewing platforms

It was really cool that we saw a great blue heron, while at Ponemah Bog!

We returned home around 7:00 pm last night.  I hope everyone who reads this had a great Thanksgiving Day holiday as well!

Returning Home from New Hampshire

We returned home from New Hampshire late Saturday afternoon. We departed our hotel at 6:30AM. Other than strong winds, our ride home was uneventful. We did see up to 6 inches of snow while at the higher elevations of Route 9 in Vermont. None of the snow was in the roadway. Here are a few photographs of scenery on our way back home.

We had been driving for just a little over an hour when we caught our first glimpse of snow.

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Dublin Lake and Mt. Monadnock

There is a scenic overlook located on Rt. 9 in Vermont between West Brattleboro and Wilmington that offers a 100-mile view of the surrounding countryside.

Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook
Wilmington, VT

We were at snow level while at the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook.
(Wilmington, VT)

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snow-capped mountain in background

We were about an hour’s drive from home when we were blessed with a beautiful sunset.

The Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was a full, pleasant day. As planned we went to Cynthia and Larry’s house for breakfast. We arrived at their home around 8:30AM. Breakfast, which included broccoli and cheese omelets, sausage links, orange juice, and toast, was delicious. The rest of the morning we hung around the house and visited with Cynthia, Larry and Marian. We played with Weezie too.

Around 12:30PM we went out to lunch. Cynthia and Larry treated us to lunch at the Mikato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. It was Bob and my first experience eating in a Japanese restaurant. Besides the five of us there was only one other couple in the restaurant. All other potential diners must have been taking advantage of Black Friday specials. Larry asked that we be seated at the hibachi table. A waiter took our drink orders. When the waiter returned to our table with our drinks, he took our orders for lunch. Cynthia ordered prime rib; Larry ordered shrimp; and Bob, Marian and I ordered chicken. Our hibachi chef was really fun and personable. He put on an entertaining show as he prepared our meals of meat, rice and vegetables. It was a great lunch all around.

After lunch we took the scenic route back to Cynthia and Larry’s house. We ate dessert (a choice of peanut butter or chocolate fudge, pumpkin roll, pecan pie and cherry pie) and visited some more.

Family Portrait
Marian, Larry, Cynthia, Weezie, Bob and I

Weezie, about to jump through the hoop

Weezie, jumping through the hoop!

We left for the hotel at 4:30PM. We had a great visit, albeit a short one, with Cynthia, Larry and Marian. We are happy that we were able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with them.

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