August 31, 2018 – Georgiana Falls – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Georgiana Falls in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Georgiana Falls consists of thirty feet of cascades. The Falls is sourced from the Harvard Brook.

We were excited to begin our Adventure to Georgiana Falls. The parking lot was at the end of Georgiana Falls Road. We began our hike to the Falls, locating a small sign confirming we were at the correct trailhead. The trail to the Falls ran under the highway on two separate occasions, creating a loud background sound of vehicles. The trail was quite uninviting, but improved when we arrived at the Brook, singing a musical song. We followed the Brook, and several times strolled over to the rocky, water’s edge. The Brook was boulder-filled, and shallow, allowing minimal opportunities for a swim. However, Shadow did make his way in on at least one occasion. Even when the footing is challenging,Shadow never misses a good opportunity for a summer cool-down.

We continued to follow the trail until we arrived at the suspected Georgiana Falls. We were disappointed to not even see any waterfall. It appears that Georgiana must be a Falls that is best seen in spring, as I am 99% sure we had arrived at the correct location. From there my plan was to hike to Harvard Falls, a bit farther, and steeper climb. I soon realized that the literal hopping from rock to rock was too much for Shadow, so we decided to head back to the trail. Shadow was energized by this decision, as he seemed quite uneasy with the numerous large boulders.

We then trotted back on the trail again taking several side trails to the Brook. I searched for color in the dull landscape, and found a couple bright yellow mushrooms and wildflowers along the path. Overall an unappealing hike, however the bland scenery never dampens our time on an Adventure (Rating: 2).

July 14, 2018 – New Hampshire – Beecher and Pearl Cascades

On Saturday we journeyed to the Beecher and Pearl Cascades in Carroll, New Hampshire.  The Cascades are part of the Crawford Brook, on the Cascade Loop Trail of the White Mountains National Forest.  The Beecher Cascade is a 35 foot plunge, while the Pearl Cascade is a 20 foot plunge.  The trail begins behind the Crawford Depot which is an active station of a scenic railroad.  Follow the “Avalon Trail” which will lead you to the Cascade Trail Loop.

We were elated to start our afternoon with a trip to the Beecher and Pearl Cascades.  The trail was not clear, but again, the research let me know exactly where to locate to the trailhead.  We started following the trail signs to the Avalon trail, before connecting to the Cascade Loop trail, and then to the first Cascade, the Beecher Cascade.  The trail was quite uninspiring, but the anticipation, and nature, allowed us to relish every moment.  We easily located the sign to the Beecher Cascade and followed to sign down to this Cascade.  This Cascade was a beautiful gorge-like cascade, with a powerful stream flowing down the rocks.  There was a little area to hang out in for Shadow to nap, while Wilma posed on some rocks.  I am always delighted when I can get close to a Cascade, a true connection to nature.

The second Cascade on the trail was the Pearl Cascade.  We actually missed this Cascade, and began hiking uphill for awhile, along the very rocky trail.  We found a little area of the Brook where we were able to sit and relax a bit, and revel in the peace of nature.  I eventually decided to ask a fellow hiker and he informed me that we were trekking up on the “A-Z” trail.  We quickly turned back, and eventually made it to the Pearl Cascade.  I am still unsure of how this miscue happened, but we definitely added a good work-out to our day.

The Pearl Cascade was difficult to see from the trail, so we climbed down to the Crawford Brook to check it out.  Somewhat distant in site, the Cascade had minimal water streaming down the rocks.  I was disappointed in this Cascade, but glad we were able to find it before departing.   (Rating, Trail:  3, Beecher Cascade:  4, Pearl Cascade:  3)

 

Cascade Loop Trail

 

Beecher Cascade

 

 

 

Cascade Trail

 

 

July 1, 2018 – New Hampshire – The Basin and the Basin-Cascades Trail

Today we visited the Basin, and traversed the Basin-Cascades Trail in the Fraconia Notch State Park.  The Basin is situated along the Pemigewassett River.  It is a curved waterfall which flows through carved rock, ending in a pool of water.  The area has various water areas to explore.  The Basin-Cascades Trail follows the Cascade Brook, and provides views of various waterfalls and cascades, including:  Kinsman Falls, and Rocky Glen Falls.

We have been to the Basin, and the Basin-Cascades Trail numerous times, with my Mom, Shadow, Buster, and Wilma. Upon parking you immediately hear the sound of crashing water.  It is absolutely beautiful spot, with bridges, beach-like areas, streams, cascades, lots of rocks and boulders, and waterfalls.  As you embark on the trail it slopes up slowly, with beautiful cascades and waterfalls along the trail.  There are many rocks to lounge, relax, and enjoy a snack.  It is amazing as the more you walk the more exciting it becomes.  The water in the summer is more flowing, while the Fall is especially beautiful with colorful foliage.  I highly recommend a visit to this gorgeous stop in the Fraconia Notch State Park.  I will include photographs from some of our visits (Rating:  5)

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June 30, 2018 – New Hampshire – Lower Ammonoosuc Falls

Today, one of our adventures was to the Lower Ammonoosuc Falls in Carroll, New Hampshire.  This Falls is part of the White Mountain National Forest.  It is a Cascade Falls with a 15 Foot drop.  It is surrounded by rocks, and is a fast, and strong flowing cascade.  As you might suspect, it is part of the Ammonoosuc River.

I was glad to have done some research on the Falls as the parking lot was not clearly marked from the road.  Once we drove all the way into the lot, it was clear we had arrived at the Lower Ammonoosuc Falls Trail.  We started on the trail, which was flat, and not too unappealing.  After observing more closely we began to see many colorful, fluttering butterflies, and wild flowers along the trail, added some intrigue, and of course chasing for Wilma.  Additionally, it was pleasant to hear the natural sounds of the River as we traversed this simple trail.

On the way to the Falls, we found many little trails to sneak over to the River’s edge.  These were fun little spots, that often had beach-like areas.  Shadow was able to swim in the River, while Wilma waded.  I even decided to wade myself, enjoying quite the cool down in the chilly River water.  On and off throughout our walk we stopped at these areas to hang out for a bit and cool down.  Sand for digging, rocks for climbing, and water for swimming, I think just the perfect dog day!

On arrival to the Falls we found a heavy cascade of water barreling down into a large pool.  The Falls was surrounded by large rocks, that helped create the crashing sound of  the water.  We were able to climb the rocks along the side and enjoy the view.  Between the bright sun, and the moving water it was hard to capture a great shot, but of course attempted some videos as well.  We did not observe anyone swimming, but a hand-full of fishermen along the way.  This was a great area to hang out on a hot summer day (Rating:  4).