A beautiful fall drive

Last Sunday I took another great drive up over New Hampshire’s scenic Kancamagus Highway. Joining Kirsten and I were Alan, Dee, Jeffrey, Zach, Sara and the now 1 year old Xander.

While the foliage was surprisingly bland we did stumble upon a field of wildflowers on route 302 near Crawford Notch which was full of hundreds of butterflies! Sadly I forgot my camera, but Dee got several great shots.

Butterfly

Despite uninteresting foliage, New Hampshire is always beautiful.

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The Kancamagus Highway

Rocky GorgeA couple weeks ago Kirsten and I took a drive across the beautiful Kancamagus Highway which runs 35 miles through the White Mountains from Conway, NH to Lincoln, NH.

The drive is full of beautiful scenic stops, hiking trails and swimming holes. The best part about the Kanc is that much of it can be seen only a short walk from the parking areas. It’s great when you want to get outside without having to worry about wearing the right clothes, what you need to take for gear, etc. Just make sure you have enough gas and head over!

Most folks tend to drive from Lincoln to Conway, but my preference is to go the other way so the Woodstock Inn, Station & Brewery is at the end. It’s a great stop for lunch, dinner, or just a nice cold beer. They have a huge menu and they make great beer!

So if your vacation plans take you to central or northern New Hampshire make sure you check out the Kancamagus Highway. It’s a beautiful drive you could spend as little as an hour, or easily a day or more to do.


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Cold up here in New Hampshire

Cold enough at the Mount Washington Observatory that boiling water tossed in the air turns to snow instantly!

How cold? -34.8F Yeah, that’s cold.

The video was done earlier today by the Mount Washington Observatory Staff. The observatory is like a fallout shelter on the top of the mountain with some weather gear strapped on top. The staff has been known to do some wacky videos before, but it’ll be a lot more fun now that they’re posting them online.

Check out Water to Snow Round 1 which was done at a mere 22 below but with the aid of a 75MPH wind! It’s probably worth mentioning that Mount Washington is the location of the strongest wind gust ever recorded at a hasty 231MPH.

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The Old Bridge is Gone

Bridge GoneA dreary day on a dreary week, but I stopped on the Holderness side of the bridge to get a look at what’s left of the old bridge. This is it. Just a few i-beams sticking out of the water.

I’m sure we’ll start seeing signs of the new bridge soon, but I’m not sure how much they will be working on it into the winter. For now I just hope they keep the traffic flowing while school is in session.

I’ll keep an eye on the progress (since I drive by this daily) and update as they start the new bridge.

To see the earlier steps of bridge removal, check out my posts Plymouth Bridge Destruction and Plymouth Bridge Almost Gone.

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Plymouth Bridge – Almost Gone

bridge_aug23Two days later and it’s almost gone. The bridge over the Pemi River is no longer connected to either shore.

At the rate they are going, there will be nothing except pilings left by the end of the week. Hopefully they are as quick at building the new bridge as they have been about tearing down the old one. Then again, the temporary bridge is already better than the old one. I guess we’ve already won.

Thanks Leasa for taking pictures so I could continue driving without getting in a fiery car wreck or driving off the temporary bridge.

For an earlier view of the bridge removal take a look at my post Plymouth Bridge Destruction

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