Saturday, August 18, 2018

Day 11.220: Fanged green tomato

We're home, but I haven't got to grips with photos yet, so here is something from before we left. I rescued this tomato when it fell of the plant as I was mowing.

Pretty normal looking for an under-ripe tomato, as long as you hold it like that.

From other angles it looks a bit stranger:

Friday, August 17, 2018

Day 11.219: Arethusa Falls

We undertook a fairly easy hike again today - billed as one hour each way, the Arethusa Falls Trail is only a mile and a half or so, but with its fairly technical sections and significant climb, it is better described in time-to-hike terms.

The falls were a great reward - even at this relatively dry time of year:

Obligatory slo-mo video:

On the way down we were tempted by the alternative route along the Bemis Brook Trail, which started (in that direction) with a precipitous descent - which was if anything steeper than this makes it look and went on for some time:

But we were rewarded by two more waterfalls:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Day 11.218: Lost River

We visited Lost River Gorge today:

Where we walked up and down steps and along many boardwalks to see a beautiful gorge and its waterfalls:

and crawled and squeezed through small caves - sometimes literally lying on the ground - to see the beautiful gorge and its waterfalls(!):

As usual, many more photos to come!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Day 11.217: Mount Washington

Today, we woke (a little late) to unexpectedly clear skies and a kind-looking forecast and decided to seize the day and do our drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road that we had tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. As you can tell, we lived to tell the tale.

This was the view of the mountain - mostly out of the clouds except the summit (we actually took this after we came down):

We had wonderful views most of the way up (more pictures to come), but experienced in-the-clouds summit too. This was the view from the top during a brief break in the clouds:

The obligatory summit shot against the beautiful view!?:

And the victorious driver and his vanquishing steed (or something):

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Day 11.216: Views at last

Late this morning, the weather started to clear out and we went to Echo Lake State Park where we walked around the lake and then up the steep trail to Cathedral Ledge - where we saw these views. The first has the lake where we started in the background. In the other, you can see the development where we are staying, but more about that another time!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Day 11.215: Sabbaday Falls

Today we took it a bit easier - with a drive along the Kancamagus Highway. We stopped at a number of scenic spots, but the highlight was probably Sabbaday Falls. Here are a few pictures and some slowly falling water:

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Day 11.214: Kearsarge North

We hiked up the steep trail to the summit of Kearsarge North. The hike is out and back about 3 miles each way with an elevation gain of 2500 feet or so. Some of it was easy underfoot, but much of it was either steep or over slippery rocks. We spent a little over 5 hours hiking plus some time at the top to eat some lunch and have a sit down.

Here are some photos - we were in and out of clouds and rain all the way - and there was not much of a view from the top. A few glimpses of views opened up as we were coming down again.