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.
I spot a covered bridge down there!
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!
You can start to see a little bit of color change here for the fall.
My friend, Katie posing under a covered bridge.
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.
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.
View from the side deck of the brewery.
Gose, Saison, and Porter on Nitro – ALL so delicious!
We had just had lunch BUT the food looked amazing so we ordered this hummus plate. It did not disappoint.
What? Another covered bridge. They really are everywhere!
Wow! Can you imagine this in your backyard! Lucky.
Finally, our campsite! All these beautiful green trees full of chipmunks ready to pelt you at any second with flying acorns.
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 Germany
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!
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!
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.
Right before your final assent to Mount Washington you come upon the Lakes of the Clouds a truly breathtaking site.
Here I am! In all my top bun glory!
Finally! WE reached the top of Mount Washington. These White Mountains are outta this world. I can not wait to get back.
Cairns guide your way – along the sometimes not so obvious trail!
New Hampshire – I love your mountains, your trees and your spirit. I can not wait till I come back.