Live Free or Die

On Saturday Morning, we loaded up the CRV and headed up to New Hampshire. The cool thing about Massachusetts, especially where my friends live in Eastern Mass is that you are so close to so many different states. Within a half hour we were already in New Hampshire and on our way to our home for the weekend.

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I spot a covered bridge down there!IMG_3467 IMG_3469 IMG_3472 IMG_3475 IMG_3477 IMG_3478

Here we are exploring Flume Gorge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  To explore the Gorge it is 16$ which seems like a pretty penny but the trail and bridges/ walkways are well maintained. Keep in mind that NH does not have sales tax so they have to get money for their parks some way and I really don’t mind helping save these cool spots for future generations!
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You can start to see a little bit of color change here for the fall. IMG_3483 IMG_3484 IMG_3486IMG_3489 IMG_3492

My friend, Katie posing under a covered bridge. IMG_3495 IMG_3499 IMG_3500 IMG_3502

After our car ride and exploring Flume we were ready to have our picnic lunch. Not far from Flume is a pretty lake called Echo Lake. It was windy the afternoon when we were there but we did enjoy the views and the hustle and bustle as a wedding was about to begin.  IMG_3505 IMG_3506

Next stop, Littleton, NH. A really cute town with a great brewery! Schilling Beer Co. My friend had heard about Schilling from a friend and this brewery and town did not disappoint – It was a fun little side trip for this beer lover.IMG_3510 IMG_3511

View from the side deck of the brewery. IMG_3513 IMG_3514

Gose, Saison, and Porter on Nitro – ALL so delicious! IMG_3557

We had just had lunch BUT the food looked amazing so we ordered this hummus plate. It did not disappoint.IMG_3518 IMG_3519 IMG_3520

What? Another covered bridge. They really are everywhere!IMG_3521 IMG_3522

Wow! Can you imagine this in your backyard! Lucky. IMG_3523 IMG_3526 IMG_3527

Finally, our campsite! All these beautiful green trees full of chipmunks ready to pelt you at any second with flying acorns. IMG_3528 IMG_3529

Its starting to look like all we did was eat and drink … only semi true! For dinner we made burgers over the grill and enjoyed them with a satisfying smoked beer from GermanyIMG_3532 IMG_3603

We stayed at Dry River Campground that had probably the most deluxe bathrooms I have ever seen and free warm showers. Also coin operated laundry and this awesome dish washing area. So convenient!IMG_3604 IMG_3607 IMG_3608 IMG_3610

Our adventure that day was climbing to the top of Mount Washington – the tallest peak in New England and also the record holder for windiest weather in the WORLD! We really lucked out with the amazing weather we had – it was perfect!IMG_3613 IMG_3614

We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and down the Jewell Trail, We began the assent at 9:45 made it to the top at right around 12:45 and arrived back to the car around 5 pm.  It is a lot of rock climbing – I made it in my nike frees but it would have been much better to wear real hiking shoes with grip and maybe some ankle protection. It was challenging but SO worth it. IMG_3618 IMG_3620

Right before your final assent to Mount Washington you come upon the Lakes of the Clouds a truly breathtaking site.
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Here I am! In all my top bun glory!

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Finally! WE reached the top of Mount Washington. These White Mountains are outta this world. I can not wait to get back.
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Cairns guide your way – along the sometimes not so obvious trail!IMG_3624 IMG_3625

New Hampshire – I love your mountains, your trees and your spirit. I can not wait till I come back.

8 thoughts on “Live Free or Die

  1. What an awesome trip. Thank you for sharing. That was quite a long day hike you took. Did it bring back memories of Half Dome? BTW, you do have a creek in your back yard. Their view is a bit more scenic than ours.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your trip! I’ve not yet been to the area, but I’m poking around for ideas for a trip soon. Off to a great start!

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  3. Thanks! I’d love to know what drive times in the area are like. About how long does it take (leisurely) to get from, say, Boston, or NYC, up into the White Mountains? I’m from the west coast, and my east coast geography doesn’t yet go beyond placing states and landmarks on a map!

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    1. I am CA born and raised. This trip was my first on the East Coast and now I am hooked. I assume that you are going to fly to the East Coast. I wouldn’t suggest having a car if you are only in NYC and I would probably suggest taking the Megabus from NYC to Boston ( 5/6 hours) and a couple dollars. You will need a car to get to the White Mountains. From Boston to the White Mountains in New Hampshire you are looking at a leisurely 3/4 hours. Coming from the West Coast it is mind boggling that you can travel between different states in a days time!

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