Climbing in the White Mountains

LOCATION: Near North Woodstock, New Hampshire in central part of state

CAMPGROUND: Lost River Campground. See yesterday’s description. I think I should upgrade it to 3 stars out of 5. What a difference the sun makes – no mud. Also, now in a better site.

WEATHER: Perfect. High 72. Sunny

While we were waiting for the campers to move out of the site that we had to move into, we did laundry and computer work. The new site was also tricky to get into, but not as bad as last night’s. It is also more level, and now no longer muddy. We are right next to the trout stream.

Our plan today was hiking. But first, lunch. We went to a really cute New England inn/restaurant/brewery and had a crab cake. We are pretty sure we were here about 10 years ago, just driving through…

From there we went to Franconia Notch State Park. It is the East Coast version of Yosemite Park, except smaller. Lots and lots of hikers. Many international visitors. We stopped at their welcome center to get trail maps. While there, George asked about trout fishing. Here he is, disappointed that he cannot fish….

We selected a hike that was described as a 1.5 mile loop. That seemed doable. Immediately, it went straight uphill. We climbed and climbed, making our way over and around granite boulders. The view from the top was amazing. Across the valley, on the grassy ski slope, we spotted a mother bear and her two cubs.

I was hoping to see a moose, but this is probably as close as I will get to one.

Then, the downhill bit. It was even harder, straight downhill over rocks. It takes a lot of concentration to decide where to put your feet without tripping. Finally we made it back to the car – about 2 hours later.

Energized, we went into town and did some grocery shopping. Back at the campground, we made a campfire and also fired up the charcoal grill for dinner.

DINNER: Grilled pork chops, baked potatoes, and the last of the farmers’ market Chinese cabbage, sauteed Asian style.

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