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.)

 

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).

May 27, 2018 – Rhode Island – Blackstone River State Park

Today we visited the Blackstone River State Park in Lincoln, RI.  The Blackstone River Park is a riverfront park with bicycle trails, walking paths, canoeing, and even a museum.  It is also popular for fishing.  The Blackstone Canal was built to improve transportation of goods, and was opened in 1828.  The River flows nearly 48 miles throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

We visited this park on a dark, cool New England day, a far cry from yesterday’s 80 degree heat.  Although many will complain about today’s weather, I love a 50 degree, sweatshirt-type of New England day.

On our visit we explored the trails along the canal, and through the woods.  We located a dam from afar, and noticed various bridges winding through the park.  We appreciated new trails for some exercise, taking in the nice cool breeze.  Shadow seemed to love rolling in the Rhode Island grass, while of course Wilma found some tasty sticks to gnaw.  We chatting with several other visitors, and made some dog friends.  No matter how simple the park, we ALWAYS enjoy our adventures!  (Rating:  2)

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May 20, 2018 – Massachusetts – Minuteman National Historic Park

Today we visited Minuteman National Historic Park, which we have visited before.  This Park includes the towns of Lincoln, Concord, and Lexington.  Minuteman National Park commemorates the opening battle in the American Revolutionary War.  The park encompasses over 900 acres of land, and includes the North Bridge, “The Battle Road Trail”, and The Wayside Inn.

We strolled along the trails, over the North Bridge, stopping at various landmarks, along, and adjacent to the trail.  It was a humid spring day, a good excuse for Shadow to enjoy a swim in the Concord River. Wilma herself enjoyed a good bark at the Daniel Chester French’s statue “Minute Man” (video below.)  She must know history is really not my thing, a good reason to add a history stop to our adventures.  (Rating:  3)