eyeing me up for breakfast....
Fondest memory: With the clear skies came a cold night and even colder morning, but it was a gorgeous one just the same. We had planned on pulling up camp and maybe staying in a mountain hut or deciding on another spot after our hike but we found the campground we had chosen was indeed a very nice one. I had discovered my grave error of driving by the trailhead during my previous night's reading but rather than drive all the way back around, I maturely agreed that we should just do a nice walk and not worry about a trivial thing like proving a point. We gathered our gear and tried to make a beeline for another rangers' office on our side of the park but the scenery was enchanting and we made a few photo stops. At one point, I saw a beautiful swatch of multi-colored foliage with a babbling brook in the foreground and pulled over to get what I swore would be the best foliage photo yet. As I framed it in the viewfinder, I noticed a large bird in one corner, sitting on an outstretched branch. A bit startled I looked up to see a huge hawk staring down at me as if in hopes of my dropping dead for his morning feed. (continued below in Fondest Memory)Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Just do it...
Favorite thing: Though you can see lots of great scenery from your car, the best part of the White Mountains in New Hamshire can only be explored on foot. With some of the most well developed trails in the United States, you just have to get out and do some hiking.
Fondest memory: Sometimes a person can put an idea in your head without you even knowing it. One such case was my uncle, who repeatedly warned of the dangers of climbing Mount Washington, his home state of New Hampshire's highest peak. Claiming it had the most unpredictable weather in the world seemed a bit melodramatic as I had personally seen the winds whip across the top of Mount Everest some years earlier and had once waited an entire week just to see Mount McKinley. I tried to reason that since his pride and joy had a weather station on top, it was just the worst recorded winds that they could lay claim to. I agreed that more people might have been killed climbing it as surely more people had attempted it. People might start out on a clear day unprepared and find themselves in snowstorm a few hours later. But I pointed out also that this weather station and the road leading to it would provide a lot more comfort than anything found on either McKinley or Everest. As is often the case with such arguments, there is only one way to prove your point. You just have to do it. (continued below in Fondest Memory)Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
Favorite thing: The White mountains contain several areas (called Notches) that were carved out during the glacial periods. The three main ones are Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch, and Pinkham Notch. All three areas are quite scenic and contain some great hiking trails.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
Driving through Pinkham Notch
Favorite thing: The drive through Pinkham notch is one of the most scenic areas of the White Mountains. The landscape was carved and sculpted by glaciers thousands of years ago and gives it a unique character. Pinkham Notch is located near Mt. Washington.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Don't Miss the Covered Bridge at Bartlett
Favorite thing: The Sacro River Bridge is located west of U.S. Route 302, four and one-half miles east of Bartlett Village over the Saco River. The style of the bridge is paddleford truss with added arches, it was built in 1851
The bridge is 166' 10" long with a clear span of 145' 0". It's closed to vehicular traffic but pedestrians may walk across the structure. The bridge was abandoned and closed to traffic in 1939. It was later rebuilt for $20,000. The owners of the bridge and gift shop are Marc and Mary Ellen Frydman. In 1990 the Frydmans renovated the bridge at the cost of approximately $38,000.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
The White Mountains
Favorite thing: Probably nowhere else are such magnificent displays of nature more easily accessible (except, well, perhaps Niagara Falls). There are snow-clad mountains, lush forests, green lakes, meandering streams, silky waterfalls, all within an easy drive from the air travel hub of Boston. The Kancamagus Highway, named after a 17th-century Indian chief, is arguably one of the most scenic stretch of asphalt anywhere. There are numerous waterfalls in the region; they are not large but no less alluring, and most require just a short to moderate hike to get to. The beauty of nature here is timeless. Come here, and your worldly troubles and worries will melt away.
Fondest memory: We make our canoeing and camping trip here virtually every year. Our favorite place for canoeing is usually on the Saco River beginning in Conway, NH. My first trip there was in 1995 and I grew fond of it ever since. Guess we're going there again this summer :)
Favorite thing: Check out Lake Winnipesaukee. It's right in the middle of New Hampshire, and is a great place to spend a few days relaxing. It's a large lake, surrounded by numerous small towns. Wolfeboro is the largest on the Eastern shore, and Laconia on the Western. Both have plenty of small-town charm and B&Bs to stay at and chill, although personally I'd pick Wolfeboro.
Wolfeboro also happens to be one of the oldest tourist destinations in the US. It does tend to get a little crowded in the heat of the tourist season, but I haven't noticed it to be too overwhelming.
Hiking in the White Mountain wilderness
Favorite thing: Hike up Mount Washington, or backpack in the White Mountains.
Fondest memory: Going to school in NH was one of the best decisions of my life so far. It had so much to offer from seas to mountians. The hiking and wilderness activites in NH can't be beat. And let's not forget the tallest peak in new England, Mt. Washington.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
Don't Miss the Swift River Bridge at North Conway
Favorite thing: It's located one-half mile north of N.H. Route 16 at Conway Village over the Swift River.
The style of the bridge is Paddleford truss with added arches. It was built in 1870. The original cost is unknown. Structural Characteristics; the bridge is 129'4" long with a clear span of 110'6". It has an overall width of 21'0" with a roadway width of 17'2", and a minimum vertical clearance of 13'2". The structure is closed to vehicular traffic.
Don't Miss the Sawyers Crossing Covered Bridge
Favorite thing: Location: One mile north of N.H. Route 32 near the site of an old Indian community on Sawyer's Crossing Road in Swanzey. It spans the Ashuelot River.
It was built in 1859 to replace a bridge constructed prior to 1771. Original Cost: 1771 - 53 pounds, six shillings. The bridge is 158'5" long with clear span of 61'6" and 77'3". It has an overall width of 21'0" with a roadway width of 17'2" and a maximum vertical clearance of 12'0". It has fully sheathed sides.
Don't Worry About The Falling Leaves......
Favorite thing: The beautiful ever changing scenery! Be sure to visit the OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN. He will surely lift a sagging spirit!
Fondest memory: Covered bridges, falling leaves, snow and ice are just a few of the things I will miss. Also, NO STATE SALES TAX....shop, shop, shop!Related to:
- Spa and Resort
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Favorite thing: Plymouth, New Hampshire is about half way between the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border and the White Mountains Region on I-93. It's another quintessential example of little-town USA and a great place to stop on your to or from the White Mountains Region...
Fondest memory: While living in Boston, I would always stop in Plymouth for breaksfast at this little diner on my way to the White Mountains Region for a day-trip hike...
Keene, New Hampshire
Favorite thing: Keene is a nice little college town in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire (home of Keene State Collete part of New Hampshire's university system). Quintessential small-town USA, Keene looks like one of those towns you would see in an old movie from the 1950's.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Keene was "discovering" the Elm City Brewery after a long day's hike on Grand Monadnock.
North Woodstock, New Hampshire...
Favorite thing: North Woodstock is another great little town near Franconia Notch in the White Mountains... Although North Woodstock doesn't have as many sports outfitters as Lincoln, it is a great area for B&Bs, restaurants & pubs.
Fondest memory: After a long, cold day of snowshoeing, I like to head over to Turant's Pub for a beer or two and a bite to eat. There is a really hot pellet stove in the basement area that keeps the place warm in the winter and that's exactly what you need after a good face-plant or two hiking down the snow-covered mountains.
Lincoln, New Hampshire...
Favorite thing: The little town of Lincoln, New Hampshire is a great place to base yourself for doing all sorts of actiivities in the White Mountains, especially the Franconia Notch area... Lincoln is filled with outfitters to suit your every need whether it be camping, hiking or kayaking in the summer or snowmobiling or snowboarding in the winter...
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