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Maine to NH

Monday, June 8th, I headed out of northern New Hampshire east to northern Maine and Acadia National Park for some hiking and camping for 1 night. The next day I planned to drive from Acadia to Dover, NH to visit my brother and his fiance. However, when I left it was raining. And it kept raining. And the forecast was for rain in Acadia the whole time I would be there. And the radar showed rain.

So I called an audible and turned south to Portland Maine rather than Acadia Park. My intent was to hang out in Portland for a few hours, call my brother in Dover and let him know I’d be coming early, and then make my way to Dover. And that’s what happened.

I ended up grabbing some pizza at Otto’s pizza for lunch, and then grabbed some coffee and doughnuts at The Holy Donut. I chilled for a couple hours and then headed out. On my way out I stopped at Back Cove to snap a photo or two at the Atlantic Ocean, counting it as my trip to the Ocean in Maine.

DSC01200 DSC01213I made it to Dover, NH no problem after that. And I didn’t even get rained on.

 

Table Rock

On Sunday, June 7, I woke up in Dolly Copp campground to a beautiful morning. After breakfast and coffee I cleaned up camp and hit the road, this time back north.

I was headed to visit a friend from High School, Elysia, and her boyfriend. She is in a little town in New Hampshire about an hour north of Mt. Washington. We hadn’t seen each other for 9 years since high school, and when I arrived it was a welcome reunion. We chatted for a bit and shared stories of the past 9 years. Elysia suggested that we go to do a local hike in Dixville Notch, NH that she loves called Table Rock and so we were off.

The three of us piled in a car, grabbed some sandwiches for lunch at the top, and headed out. It was a short drive and then a relatively steep hike but much shorter than Imp Face I had done the day before. We were chatting the whole hike so I didn’t take out the camera until the top, but it was a pretty rewarding climb.

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First you arrive at a little “overlook” where you can see the formation called Table Rock. From here it was a slight hike back down and to the left from this vantage point, then a climb up onto the rock.

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Once you climbed up the top, you can see the drops off both side.

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This climb is right next to a place called The Balsams Resort. It looks like an old castle to me. It’s closed currently and I gather it’s a big deal in the area as it employed a large number of people in the town.

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After lunch we made the hike back down and drove a very short distance to a pull-off just below Table Rock. From here we got a good vantage point of where we had just been.

DSC01163 DSC01166Aaron and E 2015-06-07After such a rewarding hike we went back to their place and hung out. Kyle cooked an amazing dinner and Elysia taught me some beginners drums. We listened to some Piebald and kept catching up. All in all, a great visit.

In the morning I had a long drive ahead of me, so I woke up with Elysia when she needed to go to work. She brought me to a stellar breakfast spot called Mostly Muffins and I gave her a ride to work. Then I headed out to continue my journey as she headed in to work for the day.

I had a really great time hanging out with both of you, Elysia and Kyle. You put me right at home and showed me a great time and I would love to come visit again as soon as I can.  Stay in touch, stay classy.

 

Mount Washington

Note: to see the full gallery of photos from this trip, see this post.

On Friday June 5, after my visit with Ronnie and Amanda there was still some good daylight. And from the looks of it on the ground, the fog had pretty much cleared all the way at the tops of the presidential mountains, including Mount Washington. So I headed back to the Auto Road entrance and went inside to ask about taking a ride up.

The minimum load is 2 people for one of the “stages” to take a run up the mountain, so I waited for the next group to join. I sat outside and warmed in the sun, while getting a few shots from the base lodge.

DSC00848After about 20 minutes I was able to join in a group that filled one of the vans with me in the front. So we were off! The ride is about a half hour up the road with a few stops along the way. The driver did a good job with the guided tour. I was definitely interested in what he had to say, which mainly consisted of history of how the mountain formed and descriptions of what we were seeing and why. It is pretty interesting how there are different climate zones along the mountain, with the top being sub-arctic climate. In the half hour we drove about 8 miles and up 4,618 ft. As the driver spoke, I snapped a few shots.

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If you look real close in the about shot, you can see the rocky outcrop of Imp Face on the left side of the shot. I was there in the morning and it was too foggy to see anything. It would have been a great view at this point in the day.

DSC00863 DSC00906DSC00917 DSC00930 DSC00939When we made it to the top, we had an hour to walk around and check things out before we went back down. Part of that included walking the final 15 feet up to the actual summit of the mountain, marked with a path and a sign. One of the neat things at the top is that there are no trees anywhere because they can’t grow up that high. So in order to mark the hiking trails, rather than marking trees like they do lower on the path, there are piles of rock called cairns. I also found the buildings fascinating especially with the measurement equipment and the radio communications equipment.

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In this last shot, you can see both the base of the auto road where we left from, and Imp Face if you look hard enough.

Then after the hour at the top, we went back down. It was about the same time down and the driver talked about some more stuff, but really I was interested in the road itself.

DSC01128We made it! I went back to Dolly Copp to get ready for bed.

You can find the rest of the photos here.

 

 

 

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