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)
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).
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 2016 Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I Adventured to Glen Ellis Falls in Jackson, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Glen Ellis Falls is approximately sixty feet in height and is located on the Ellis River. It is one of the more popular waterfalls of the White Mountains.
We had a magnificent Adventure to Glen Ellis Falls on a gorgeous Fall day. The beginning of the walk started under a tunnel and then followed the River before arriving at a lovely scenic spot with beautiful Fall foliage. We were quite pleased to have a visitor take a photo of the four of us at this formal lookout. From there we followed many stairs down to the base of the Glen Ellis Falls. The waterfall was tall and powerful, and just perfect! It was difficult to photograph the Falls as there were many visitors, however we waited our turn to get up close and personal. We sat for a bit near the falls, enjoying the mist on our skin, and handsome fur!
After spending some time under the falls we decided to explore the upper level. My Mom first hiked up to the top stairs to check out the views, while Buster and I then took a turn while Shadow hung out with Mom. It was fun to see the waterfall from a different angle, but nothing compared to the main view below. As you may know if you are a follower October 2016 was the last month we would have our dear Buster, creating extra special memories of each and every Adventure on this weekend.
Glen Ellis Falls is definitely a place we look forward to exploring again in the future. Really just perfect! I definitely recommend that you visit on your own to see this special Falls.