August 4, 2018 – Jackson Falls – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Jackson Falls in Jackson, New Hampshire.  Jackson Falls is a Falls with cascades and plunges that is sourced from the Wildcat Brook.  It is especially popular in the summer when visitors can be found swimming in the pools.

Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited this Bridge previously, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from that trip (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).

Due to the rainy weather we were completely drenched by the end of our adventure to Jackson Falls. However, we could not resist exploring so we carried on through the rain.  There is no hike to Jackson Falls, as it is on the roadside, however there are mini trails with chairs and benches along the Falls.  We walked around, checking out the area, and luckily avoided any and all slips and falls on the wet rocks.  Even on a rainy day Shadow was eager to get in a dip on the water, while Wilma enjoyed posing on the bench.  We walked up to the top of the Falls to check out a unique bridge from afar.  I am assuming the Falls was higher then normal due to the overnight rainfall, and of course the summer season.  A simple stop, but yet we appreciated our adventure (Rating:  3).

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August 4, 2018 – New Hampshire – Thompson Falls

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Thompson Falls in Pinkham’s Grant, New Hampshire.  We have been on this trail before, but this was our first trip to the waterfall.  Unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from the previous trip (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.). Thompson Falls is a three level waterfall, totaling almost seventy feet in length.  It is sourced from the Thompson Brook, which flows down Wildcat Mountain.

We were happy to start this adventure with the pouring rain beginning to dwindle.  Our journey began at the Wildcat Mountain parking lot, before we soon located the Wildcat Nature Trail.  We followed the Nature trail, and quickly found signs to the Thompson waterfall.  The trail was clear and well marked.  It was heavily packed with roots, gradually sloping upwards.  The deluge of rain overnight led to a muddy trail, almost a mini waterfall of its own.  We walked for a bit before arriving at a stream, tearing through the trail.  I decided to take off my sneakers and cross this stream carefully.  Miss Wilma had no interest in this unexpected detour, so somehow I able to pick her up and make it across, without tumbling into the water.  We continued our journey to the Falls.  A large amount of the trail ran parallel to the Thompson Brook, creating a beautiful song, and increased anticipation for the Falls.

On arrival to the Falls, it definitely did not disappoint.  We were able to get in close proximity, the mist spraying on our face.  The Waterfall was quite powerful, creating a thunderous sound.  We stood for awhile taking photographs, and enjoying the magnificent view.  Wilma appeared to pose on the rocks, while Shadow took a little dip in the Brook, before sitting calmly nearby.  We took our time taking in the smells, sounds, and sights, cherishing yet another adventure.

The Thompson waterfall was gorgeous, and peaceful.   I would definitely recommend to others (Rating:  4).

July 28, 2018 – New Hampshire – Diana’s Bath

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I journeyed to Diana’s Bath in Bartlett, New Hampshire.  Diana’s Bath is a series of pools, cascades, and waterfalls along the Lucy Brook.  The site was once the location of an old sawmill, abandoned by the Lucy family in the 1940’s, while later becoming a historic site.  It is located in the White Mountain National Forest.

We were excited to adventure to Diana’s Bath today.  We have visited this spot before, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from previous trips (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).  Our adventure began bright and early, as this site is known for being a summer hot spot.  Our journey began down the well groomed trail, benches adorning the sides.  It was short, but lovely trail, which ended in a long wooden bridge.

Upon arrival, we decided to ascend to the top of the Falls, hoping to find the serenity of silence.  We strolled up the hill, on a rooted path, taking some photographs along the way.  Of course we stopped to provide Shadow some water time, in the clear, crisp water.  Wilma herself was quite content on the rocks, watching the scenes unfold around her.  At the top of the Falls the water became a brook, with increased small rocks, and decreased pools for dipping.  We enjoyed a little beach area, before the crowds began pouring in.

After wandering around at the top of our Falls we then began our descent down.  We first hopped across the Falls, looking forward to experiencing a different visual.  Additionally, this helped to provide a somewhat less populated journey.  We enjoyed walking through the water, photographing, and of course numerous belly rubs, and love for the dogs.  I even took some time walking on the smooth rocks through the water, which was quite the sensory cool-down.  It was fun to spend time hanging out on the large rocks, and viewing the little waterfalls throughout.  I was pleased that someone offered to take a family photo, with one of the Falls.  Besides being excessively populated, Diana’s Bath was a wonderful place to visit (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

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July 27, 2018 – Campton/Beebe Falls – New Hamsphire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Campton Falls (also known as Beebe Falls) in Campton, New Hampshire.  Campton Falls is a traditional waterfall, that is approximately fifteen feet in height.  The Falls drops to a gorge, and rushes into the Beebe River below.

We were impressed with our adventure to Campton Falls today.  Campton Falls is located on the side of the road, however, it took us some time to find a way to get down to the Falls for a more personal view.  The trails were steep, rocky, and somewhat hazardous.  I actually received some cuts and scratches with an unplanned skid down the rocks.  Even Shadow and Wilma appeared hesitant at moments.  However, slowly, and carefully we made it down to the base of at least the main falls.   The waterfall, and rushing gorge were beyond brilliant, the music delightful.  The rocks surrounding the area added a unique touch, gorgeous in color, and uneven in shape.

I was ecstatic that Shadow found a little pool, as the current was strong if you wandered too far.  So although we made it, I was somewhat disappointed that there was not a great place for them to sit and relax, as we had to be extra cautious about our footing.  Of course I was still very happy that we were able to visit this stunning location.  Definitely a spectacular waterfall which I would recommend to others (Rating:  4)

 

July 27, 2018 – New Hampshire – Livermore Falls

Today Shadow, Wilma and I visited Livermore Falls in Campton, New Hampshire.  Livermore Falls is a cascade falls that flows through a rocky gorge, with an approximate twenty five foot drop.  The Livermore Falls is sourced from the Pemigewasset River and is known for it’s rushing, whitewater currents.  There is a small beach area near the falls.

We enjoyed our adventure to the Falls.  It was a short walk from the parking lot, which was located right on Route 3.  Almost immediately the sound of rushing water could be heard.  We crossed the railroad track, and followed the fence until we got to an area with a view.  We could see of the Falls, and also peered far down the river, spotting a scenic metal bridge.  Past the bridge there appeared to be a tiny beach area that was heavily populated.  We then walked further, heading down a steep jaunt to reach the beach area.  We waded in the water which was perfectly cold, for a warm summer day.

Shadow and Wilma enjoyed some time playing, and digging in the soft sand.  It never fails that Shadow and Wilma become immediately thrilled when stepping on a beach, maybe inspired by sand to dig, or just enthusiastic fans of the beach life.  It invariably brings a smile to my face, as their energy is heightened.  We relaxed for some time on the beach.  The sound of rushing water was just right, and helped to mask the industrial feel of this location.  Unfortunately, I did see a lot of trash which slightly dampened my experience.  However, nothing stops us from enjoying every moment of our adventures (Rating:  3)

 

 

 

July 21, 2018 – New Hampshire – Upper Ammonoosuc Falls

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I went to the Upper Ammonoosuc Falls in Coos County, New Hampshire.  The Upper Falls is known more for the pools and gorges, then the actual Falls.  It has plunges, and cascades with the highest water drop at a mere eight feet.  It is also popular for cliff jumping, and unfortunately has been a known area where drownings have occurred.

We were pleased to be able to visit the Upper Ammonoosuc Falls.  It was a warm day, and a bit sunny for photographs, but I always attempt to capture our adventures on film.  The Falls was not too clear from the road, but luckily my research allowed us to locate it.  We walked around, crossing a bridge, before hopping along on some rocks along the water.  We observed some cliff jumpers, which was somewhat frightening, but I was told “I do it all the time, don’t worry”.  Luckily it all worked well, and we watched a crowd of various ages jumping into the pool of water.  My favorite thing about this Falls was the rounded, uncommon boulders that shaped the gorge, and the clear color of the water below.  Overall the Falls was somewhat plain, but we still do cherish all of our adventures (Rating:  3)

 

 

 

 

July 13, 2018 – New Hampshire – Rainbow Falls

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I went to Rainbow Falls in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Rainbow Falls is located in the Walter-Newton Natural Area.  It is a source of Glove Hollow Brook, and is 25 feet in height.  There are benches at the base of the waterfall to sit, relax, and enjoy the view.

The parking lot for Rainbow Falls was not marked, however, our research did us well, being able to locate the parking lot, and the trail.  The parking lot is a dirt lot located on Cummings Road.  We walked up the road a bit to the trail on the left, where the kiosk was located.  One aspect of this trail I appreciated was that there were maps available to take, as well as a trail map posted at the kiosk.

We began our hike to the Fall from the kiosk.   The trail was well marked, but I found it somewhat dull, and a little buggier then our “normal” adventure locations.  We did find several spots where the brook was flowing, but overall the water was pretty dried out.  There were little bridges along the way, some of which appeared oddly placed.  Upon arrival to the falls we were quite disappointed, as there was barely a drop flowing from above.  I guess we missed the prime time for the Rainbow Falls.   We wandered around for a bit, before heading back.  A disappointing stop, but we still enjoyed a good walk, and some time exploring (Rating:  2).