July 28, 2018 – New Hampshire – Thorne Pond

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Thorne Pond in Bartlett, New Hampshire.  Thorne Pond is a conservation trail, approximately one mile in the length.  The trail circles the Pond, however, has side trails that lead to the Saco River.

We were excited to find Thorne Pond, as although I was not planning a visit on this particular day, we could not resist a new adventure.  Thorne Pond is a simple trail, adorned with beautiful wild flowers, and mountain views. We began following the trail, locating paths down to the Pond along trail.  I was ecstatic to find some hidden trails on the far side of the pond that led over to the Saco River.  Although I guess not technically hidden, I did not realize that River views would also be included in this summer day adventure.  We journeyed down the River edge for a bit before turning around and heading back to the Pond.  We saw some other visitors, including some fishermen along the River’s edge, however did not find the location to be highly populated.  We left feeling content, and relaxed from our time at Thorne Pond (Rating:  3).

July 28, 2018 – Bartlett Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Yesterday we visited the Bartlett Covered Bridge in Bartlett, New Hampshire.  The Bridge was built in 1790, and spans the Saco River.  The Bartlett Covered Bridge is now part of the Covered Bridge Inn, and has been converted into a gift shop.

We had a pleasant visit to the Bartlett Covered Bridge.  Upon arrival we wandered onto the bridge, which was covered with gift shop materials.  We turned around when coming to the official gift shop door.  It was difficult to get a photograph of the bridge, however we were lucky to find a gift shop employee who gave us permission to go down to the shoreline to snap some photographs.  The footing was difficult, but I was able to capture the adventure on film, while still remaining on my feet.  Shadow enjoyed a quick dip in the River, while Wilma found a tasty root to chew on.  The Bridge is very touristy, therefore seeming to loose some genuine characteristics, however the view from the shore was absolutely beautiful.  The Bridge was bright red in color, with the voice of the singing River below.  It was quite charming and picturesque.  Glad we were able to see this angle of the bridge, providing a whole other experience (Rating:  Side view:  4).

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July 28, 2018 – New Hampshire – Cathedral Ledge State Park

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I stopped at Cathedral Ledge State Park in Bartlett, New Hampshire, technically part of Echo Lake State Park.  The Cathedral Lookout can be reached from a 1.7 mile hike, or a drive to the top of the mountain.  Cathedral Ledge State Park is one of the most popular rock climbing locations in New Hampshire.

It is always brightens my day when I accidentally find a new adventure.  Today was one of those days when I spotted the sign for Cathedral Ledge State Park and decided to check it out.  Spoiled with the internet I did a quick review and off we went.  I guess we cheated a bit on this adventure as I decided to drive to the Lookout.  After a short drive to the top we then ventured to two separate viewing areas where we enjoyed sweeping views of North Conway and the surrounding mountains.  We sat in the shade for a bit, and chatting with other visitors quite interested in Shadow and  Wilma.  I was lucky again to have some visitors volunteer to take a family photo.  We enjoyed seeing the views, however this location was a little warm for the pups so we did not stay long at the Ledge (Rating:  3).

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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