August 19, 2019 – Lost Pond Trail – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Lost Pond Trail in Goreham, New Hampshire.  The Lost Pond Trail beings at the AMC Visitor Center, and is officially part of the Appalachian Mountain Trail.  It follows the Ellis River and ends at Lost Pond, providing distant views of Mount Washington.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Lost Pond Trail on a warm summer morning.  We headed out early, planning this as our feature Adventure on a day full of many. The Lost Pond Trail began across the street from the AMC Visitor Center. It was marked with a sign, before beginning down a boardwalk, and across a marsh. Immediately there were spectacular, jaw-dropping views. This reminded me exactly why we journey on long drives for day trips to the White Mountains, like Lost Pond.

From the boardwalk the trail veered toward the right following the white and blue blazes. The trail paralleled the Ellis River, often from high above. On several occasions we headed over and through the River, cooling down in the clear River water. There were yellow wildflowers, bright mushrooms, and berries along the trail. Some sections of the trail that had boardwalks and small bridges, and there were continual rocks throughout. At one point I thought I had taken a wrong turn as the trail started gaining elevation, but soon after this gain we spotted Lost Pond from the distance.

Upon arrival at Lost Pond Shadow and Wilma posed on a rock as they checked out the views. From there we traversed down the side of the Pond, lots of large rocks, making for an interesting hike. The views were beyond picturesque the pond scattered with rocks, lilies, and breathtaking mountain views. Shadow loved his swims, and water-sitting, while Wilma continually hopped on rocks. She sometimes threw me off-balance with her athletic, and unexpected jumps. This place was so absolutely beautiful words really cannot explain. I loved that the trail followed the River, providing opportunities to wade, and lead to the beautiful Lost Pond with glorious views. The trail was very quiet, and on several occasions I thought I heard some animal voices in the distance. The only downfall was that a good portion of the trail was close to the main road, providing sounds of vehicles zooming bye. However, I can definitely say this was one of my favorite White Mountain hikes. So glad we took the trip to the Lost Pond Trail (Rating: 4.5)

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August 19, 2019 – Crystal Cascades – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Crystal Cascade in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This was our second Adventure to the Crystal Cascades as Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited back in October 2016.  Crystal Cascade is a gorgeous waterfall that has a 100 foot drop into the Ellis River.  There is just a short walk to the Falls that begins at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.  The Cascade is along one of the popular routes to Mount Washington.

We had a musical Adventure to the Crystal Cascades.  I decided to blog about the Crystal Cascades again as it really is a beautiful cascade with gorgeous mountain views.  We began our walk to the Cascades after enjoying our feature Adventure at a nearby trail.  The path was short, and had several spots along the way to walk over for a dip, and/or a river view.  Almost immediately we could hear the water’s sound, increasing my anticipation of the Cascades.  The Cascade was lovely, and from afar I could see a remodeled, rustic bridge over the falls.  When we arrived at the Cascades I noticed the path to the bottom of the Falls was no longer available.  This made me ponder if some flooding had occurred, leading to renovations.  We actually had tried to visit last summer, and the trail was closed due to flooding.  It was disappointing to not get too close, however precious memories of our visit with Buster, Shadow, and My Mom will always be dear to my heart.

I attempted to get several views of the Cascades between the trees and then we walked up over and above on the beautiful new bridge.  We sauntered across several times and took in the sounds, and scene.  There were cascades from either sounds adding quite the therapeutic sounds.  I decided to add in a couple photographs from our first visit and mix them with our photographs from today.  However if you want to read more about our first visit, and see all of the photograph summary you can search for “Crystal Cascades” in the search box.  Wonderful memories at a special place (Rating:  4).

August 19, 2019 – Trails End Ice Cream Shop – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Trails End Ice Cream Shop in Intervale, New Hampshire.  The Shop includes homemade ice cream, soft serve, shakes, sundaes and much more.  They even provide free sprinkles to their customers!

We had a delicious Adventure to the Trails End Ice Cream Shop, on a day of numerous Adventures.  We had just spent several hours hiking, so it was especially the perfect treat.  The Trails End Ice Cream Shop was located on a busy road, and did not provide any shady seating, however did provide lovely mountain views from afar.  I ordered a creamsicle shake, and the pups had a dog ice cream, soft serve adorned with treats.  After ordering I decided to drive across the street to a “scenic” area where we could enjoy these refreshments.  Shadow and Wilma very quickly ate their ice cream with mountain views framing each lick.  Shadow finished his ice cream with a celebration roll, while Wilma barked hello to a distant dog friend.  I sat for a couple minutes before we headed out on our next Adventure.  You really cannot go wrong with any kind of ice cream on a warm summer day (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

August 19, 2019 – Durgin Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Durgin Covered Bridge in Sandwich, New Hampshire.  The Durgin Covered Bridge traverses the Cold River.  It was built in 1869 and is one of the few surviving 19th century covered bridges in New Hampshire.

We had a short Adventure to the Durgin Covered Bridge, on a day of numerous Adventures.  Upon arrival to the Durgin Bridge we spotted a not so friendly dog down the street, and although on leash, the owner appeared to be struggling to maintain control.  I therefore felt a bit uneasy about this location, and we did not stay as long as I would have otherwise.

My initial plan was to head to the River to see the Bridge from below.  It was not incredibly easy to arrive at the water’s edge but we managed to stumble down an overgrown path to reach this goal.  As per my usual, unusual (haha), I decided to wade through the water with the pups, a nice cool down on this warm day.  The rocks were round and colorful, adding lovely shades to the clear flowing River.  Shadow took a minute to lay down, while Wilma quickly found a rock to pose on.  The Bridge was beautiful and scenic.  It was challenging to get a full panoramic view, a little cloudy, and in addition to my worries of the unfriendly, furry neighbor my photos were far from representative of this lovely spot.  However it really was a pretty Bridge.  So glad we could Adventure to the Durgin Covered Bridge today (Rating:  4).

 

 

August 4, 2019 – Rowell Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Rowell Covered Bridge in Hopkington, New Hampshire. The Rowell Covered Bridge was built in 1953 and crosses the Contoocook River. It is a one-car traffic bridge.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to the Rowell Covered Bridge. After taking a long local walk I figured it was the perfect day to visit a new covered bridge. I had researched the bridge and noted it was listed at “1433 Maple Street”, however that was not the address that it was located. We drove past the address (coming from Route 89) for a minute or two and were glad to find the bridge on the right. There was steady traffic, cars zooming through the bridge, so we decided not to walk through the bridge, but instead take some time on each side to explore.

We began exploring the near side, noting a young boy and his father fishing on the opposite. It took some determination to find a path down to the River. The “path” was quite overgrown, however landed us in our desired destination. Shadow especially was thrilled to spot the River, and was immediately in the water. He was soon laying peaceful in the River, the water rippling around him. It a tranquil site, and besides for cars bumping along the bridge, incredibly serene. We attempted to stroll along the limited shore, but I soon decided to walk right into the River, much easier then the balance, and dodging of greenery. I sat on the shore for a bit while we relaxed. The water was quite picturesque, and felt just right. Wilma’s silly self enjoyed eating grass, posing on the rocks, chasing dragon flies, and she actually went in the water a bit to wade. Shadow mostly stayed in the water, relaxing peacefully. After spending awhile on this side of the River we decided to again drive through the bridge and check out the far side.

I was pleased to see the shoreline had become empty, so we therefore ventured down this much steeper slope. There was more of a sandy shore, lots of rocks to perch on, and an increased shoreline to appreciate. The view was similar, but the footing much more accommodating. My guess is that this bridge is more popular for locals, fishing, and not necessarily as known as others. The Rowell Covered Bridge was definitely one of my favorite covered bridges. If you are a Covered Bridge lover I would encourage you visit this lovely spot. A peaceful afternoon at the Rowell Covered Bridge (Rating: 4.5)

 

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2019 – White Mountains – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  The White Mountains cover one quarter of the state of New Hampshire, and actually run into a small part of Maine.  The mountains are popular for hiking, skiing, and Fall foliage seekers.

So I usually do not post about locations I have blogged about previously, however I could not resist sharing today’s Adventure in the White Mountains, one of my absolute FAVORITE spots to explore.  Today our Adventure involved locations we have ventured to before, including:  The Basin, The Basin-Cascades Trail, the Pemi Trail, and Echo Lake.  Although we have been to these spots previously they NEVER disappoint.  From the fresh-clean-clear water, to the waterfalls, to the rushing Brook, to lakes surrounded by spectacular mountain views, it is a genuinely natural experience.

We began today’s Adventure noticing that one of the trails was closed, quite disappointing.  We took the time to explore different paths, leading us in and out the gorgeous River and cascades.  We walked around for awhile before finding a sandy spot to sit in the sun and relax.  From there I figured I would try one more direction to locate the Basin-Cascade Trail, and I was thrilled to find a pathway to this Trail, one of my favorites.  The Basin Cascades Trail, slowly ascends with lots of roots and mud along the path.  Throughout this trail there are many spots to walk over to the Cascade Brook, whether it be an official waterfall, or just gorgeous water flowing with spectacular views.  Many of the time you could choose to climb up the rocks along the water before veering back to the trail.  We found a cave like area after walking through the water and hung out for awhile, just perfect.

There were lots of water features to explore along the way and we did our best to visit every one.  My favorite one was Kinsman Falls, a taller falls then many of the others along this trail.  We made a steep hike down to get a bit closer for of course some selfies, pictures, and rock climbing.  Shadow seemed a bit disappointed that he could not climb up-high, but enjoyed some sips while I got a little closer with Wilma.  Just a spectacular site.  We cautiously climbed back up to the Trail above the falls before continuing along the trail.  Much of our time today was spent on the Basin-Cascade Trail.  So beautiful and peaceful.

After spending almost four hours at this first location we drove to Echo Lake to make sure Shadow could get in an official mountain-lake swim before heading back home.

Some of my most memorable moments of the day included:  watching Shadow enjoy constant fresh water swims, hearing the sounds of rushing water, finding a little cave area to relax, walking through the rushing water to get to desired locations, and the visual beauty of these special locations.  I continually am impressed at eleven-year-old Shadow’s endurance, and appreciated seeing my recent training work with two-year-old Wilma in action today.  I cannot put into words what these two amazing pups mean to me!  The best company I could ask for!

If you would like to read more about our past visits to Echo Lake (Fraconia Notch State Park) and The Basin please search for them in the “search box” for more information on this Adventure.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

A beautiful Adventure today in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, not a doubt we will be back (Rating:  5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Fraconia Falls – New Hampshire

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday. These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

In October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fraconia Falls in the town of Lincoln, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The Falls is a series of cascades that is sourced from Fraconia Brook.  Fraconia Falls is a popular area for swimming and sliding down the Falls.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Fraconia Falls on a gorgeous Fall day.  The hike to Fraconia Falls begins at Lincoln Woods, one of my favorite hikes of the White Mountains.  We were excited to journey on an extra long hike, all the way to the Falls.  The trail turned left when we arrived at a scenic wooden bridge, right about where we noticed the sign leading us to Fraconia Falls.  We decided to first traverse this bridge and view the Brook before turning around and heading on the trail to the Falls.  We then began hiking along the trail which paralleled the Brook.  We soon located a scenic area to stop, relax, and have a snack, such a peaceful oasis along the shore.  After a restful break we continued on to the Falls.  The Falls was simple, and unique in its own way.  We posed for some photographs, standing on the rocky platform, and viewing the area off to the right.  I actually wondered if it was the true Falls as I was expecting a much larger, and more elaborate natural creation.  I still sometimes ponder this question but we did follow the sign and arrived at this Falls, so how could we be mistaken??

The Falls was our last stop before turning around to return to our car.  We had spent the day wandering the trails of Lincoln Woods and exploring various spots along the way.  Another perfect day in the White Mountains (Rating:  Lincoln Woods:  5, Fraconia Falls:  3).

Below please enjoy some pictures from the Falls, the trail from the bridge, and one from right before the Falls trail.  If you would like to read more and see photos about Lincoln Woods search for Lincoln Woods in the “search box” for more information.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)