My wife and I are staying at the Crawford Notch Campground this weekend. Foliage out in full, no rain, gonna bag a quick Mt. Washington summit,
I've learned to live with and accept the Cog. WHen passing by, I throw some of the scattered ash back at it, yelling "back whence ye came, hellspawn!" And wave, nicely.Color me jealous! I had to give up climbing due to knee surgeries and arthritis. I can climb up all day long, but going downhill kills me. Mt. Washington would be do-able, if I could stand being confined with fragranced people. Climb up, and Cog down.
Seriously? In the White Mountains in general, or at the Crawford Notch campground? Were at site 90, way at the end. Just my wife and I (kids at gramma an grampas). Don't knock after 8!I'll be there with my wife and son. How will I know you?
We go leaf-peeping every year and this year we planned to go to NH this coming weekend. I thought perhaps Franconia Notch, but we didn't make any solid plans. We just go and find what lodging we can. Perhaps I will swing by and say hello if it doesn't disturb what vague plans we have. I spent a lot of time in the Lakes Region as a child and I will certainly head that way. We will not be climbing Mt. Washington unless by cog rail.In the White Mountains in general, or at the Crawford Notch campground?
I too will be in the area this weekend. Haven't yet figured out where I'll be staying, but weather permitting (there will likely be rain Friday night and possibly Saturday morning), I'll be hiking in the Presidentials on Saturday and summitting Whiteface and Passaconaway on Sunday. One of my fellow hikers is staying in the Dry River Campground in Crawford Notch (I presume that's the same one you're staying at), and I may join him there, but more likely, will stay either in North Conway or Gorham. Only time I am able to visit, is unfortunately after 8pm, but I might run into you on Mt Washington (yeah, right ... you and a million other people) if you happen to be there Saturday afternoon!My wife and I are staying at the Crawford Notch Campground this weekend. Foliage out in full, no rain, gonna bag a quick Mt. Washington summit,
Oh yeah, that's the stuff.
I drove up to the White Mountains on Saturday, which was overcast and rainy, for most of the morning and early afternoon. The colors were out alright, but looked terribly understated, under a dark gray sky.The trip was a great success. We stayed in Laconia on Lake Winnipesaukee, the first night in a motel because we arrived late, the second night in a cabin which was our intention. Friday and Saturday were spent getting up there because we spent time with some relatives in Connecticut. When we got settled in Sat night, I saw that Gokul had left a message on my cell phone and so I called him back. He was in N. Conway which was too far north for us to get to that night. Sunday he spent the day hiking while we went leaf peeping. This is the best year I can recall for it. I had never gotten there at the peak before and so had never before seen an entire mountain covered in bright fall colors, and lit up by the sun.
Saturday, walking into the damp air of Mount Carrigain. Heading into a 14-mile hike.
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Monday, walking into the crisp air of Mount Carrigain. Heading into a 10-mile hike - though I'm sure it feels like a lot more when it's all wet and yucky, like it was Saturday.
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Some views from along the way:
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My wife climbing the lookout tower at the top (cold, wet, wind. Her favorite!)
The lookout tower, from far and near (Monday morning was clear, with hardly a breeze):
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It was so clear, you could see the puffs of smoke from the Cog climbing up Mt Washington. And it was so still that the smoke clouds hung around for minutes.
Finished that hike in a hurry, and drove back home, catching a few final views on my way out.
Ooh! Bad! North Conway traffic during foliage season is brutal. My wife and I headed to the Balsams for a short hike to table rock with my cousin, her husband and their young daughters. The rain moved in, and somehow my wife and my cousin conspired to steer us to North Conway for a side-trip to the outlet-store strip. There was a very old man walking with two canes alongside the main strip. We could just about keep pace with him, though he would surge ahead of us for a few hundred feet at a time. Hell!!!! Able-bodied people (even very obese or lethargic-looking folks) left us in the dust. I never want to see that town again.I called Jimmy after the hike - stuck in inching traffic in N. Conway - and left him a message letting him know where I was. I heard back from him later that night. He was about 50 miles south of me, and given the traffic, about 3 hours away.