Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because sometimes it isn’t what you expect when you get there.
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Because you should hold your head high and be proud of who you are.
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Because sometimes you have to make the most out of a bad situation.
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Because sometimes the bad situation isn’t as bad as it seems. (Banded water snake, not water moccasin.)

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Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because you should always show your true colors.
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Because I had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song in my head for a week after seeing these gator turtles fighting.
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Because you don’t get to see this every day.
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Because X marks the spot.

If you enjoyed this week’s photos, check back next Sunday for more Scenes From The Trail.

Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because sometimes nature inspires imagination (and makes you feel like a Hobbit).
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Because it pays to watch your step.
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Because sometimes you have to make your own place in the world.
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Because you don’t have to be a stereotype.

If you enjoyed this week’s photos, check back next Sunday for more Scenes From The Trail!

Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because sometimes you should be looking up when you’re feeling down.
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Because sometimes it really is a jungle out there – but there’s always a way through.
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Because it could always be worse.
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Because sometimes you’re met by the unexpected.

If you enjoyed this week’s photos, check back next Sunday for more Scenes From The Trail!

Mount Washington, NH ~ through the hiker’s lens

At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the northeastern United States, and one of the 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers. Home to a weather observatory, a cog rail, and an auto road, it’s accessible to anyone in the area that wants to visit. For those who choose to hike to the summit, it’s an entirely different experience – one as beautiful as it is dangerous. The view as seen from the trail:

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Exploring Redstone Quarry

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redstone7redstone2The old Redstone Quarry is part of the Green Hills Preserve land in Conway, NH. Miles of trails lead you through a maze of old equipment and abandoned structures in this area that is rich in history. Granite from this quarry was used in the construction of Grant’s Tomb in New York and the National Archives building in Washington, among many other notable landmarks.

redstone5redstone4The quarry closed in 1950; now it’s a recreational area frequented by hikers, bikers, runners and snowmobilers. You can spend hours wandering the woods and still not see everything that’s been left behind. If you’re up for a little incline, you can hike up Rattlesnake Mountain and see the chunks missing from the side of the mountain where the granite was mined and taken away. This is a great place to experience history while getting some fresh air and exercise. I’m looking forward to going back with snowshoes this winter.

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Peaked Mountain

peaked9A chilly but sunny Saturday afternoon found us back at the Pudding Pond trailhead in North Conway, NH, only this time, instead of hiking around the pond, we were headed up to Peaked Mountain, one of the three summit trails that can be found in this section of the Green Hills Preserve.

peaked2At 1739 feet, Peaked Mountain isn’t the most challenging hike, but it is a rewarding one, with breathtaking views that can be reached in less than an hour, making this a great stop for a quick hike when you don’t have an entire day at your disposal. If you have a bit more time, you can add a trip over to Middle Mountain (which I haven’t hiked yet) to your itinerary.

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The trail is lined by a series of small falls and is well sheltered from the sun. This was a great little hike that allowed for some fresh air and exercise while still allowing plenty of time for weekend errands.

Pudding Pond

pudding2With winter quickly approaching, we’ve been scouting out places to go snowshoeing in the area. When we moved here in March, there was still four feet of snow as far as the eye could see, the result of sno-mageddon 2015. Unfortunately, with all the extra tasks that come with buying a house, we didn’t get much exploring done then. So we’re making up for lost time now. pudding6

For some strange reason, a place by the name of Pudding Pond caught my attention. I can’t imagine why 😉

pudding1This is the trailhead for several nearby mountain paths, as well as a 1.7 mile loop around a huge pond with sparkling waters, a beaver dam, and gorgeous scenery. 1.7 miles might not seem like very long, but it’s the perfect length for that first hike out while you’re getting your snowshoe legs, and with all the offshoot trails, we can easily extend the length of our hike. With such a beautiful place to get outside, I (almost) can’t wait for winter!

 

 

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