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A Little More Play in NH

After leaving Acadia and Maine behind, Andrew and I took our traveling home back to New Hampshire for more exploration, play and family time.  For the second half of October and beginning of November, we bounced around a few places, such as Littleton/White Mountain area and Keene.  With limited camping availability after Columbus Day, we had to cross a few places off our list. 

Andrew and I really hoped to hit a few mountain trails while in the area, but unfortunately the weather was poor.  We experienced our first snow of the season, and bundled up while most days had rain and sleet.  We quickly learned that we couldn’t even take the tram to the top of Franconia Notch or the auto road up Mt Washington because they closed mid-October also. 

Settling into more sightseeing, we explored the small of towns of Littleton, Bethlehem and Franconia; we even managed a daytrip to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, VT.   The town of Littleton offered us lots of indoor opportunities with fun little shops to browse and  yummy restaurants to sample.  The Little Grille, an old converted train depot, became a regular lunch stop for us.  One evening ventured to the Bethelhem Library to listen to a lecture by Dustin Pari, one of the paranormal investigators on Ghost Hunters.  Let’s just say his audio recording of an exorcism in Russia is beyond creepy.

In Keene area, we were more stationary at my cousin Brandon’s house.  With 36 acres to explore on his property, we made many adventures into the woods, as well as many other trails in the area.  One day Andrew, Brandon and Brandon’s daughter decided to take our SUV off roading through the trails.  To Andrew’s joy, this involved many trees, winches and well thought out tire placement. Overall, it was a wonderful two weeks visit with Brandon and family.  Can’t wait to visit again!

Andrew enjoying Ben and Jerry's day
Andrew enjoying Ben and Jerry’s day
Ben and Jerry's Cemetery of Dead Flavors
Ben and Jerry’s Cemetery of Dead Flavors
Dusting of Snow on White Mountains
Dusting of Snow on White Mountains
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Keene area, NH
Keene area, NH
View from hike, NH
View from hike, NH
Fungus details, NH
Fungus details, NH
Madame Sherri House Remains, Chesterfield, NH
Madame Sherri House Remains, Chesterfield, NH
Final Fall Evidence, NH
Final Fall Evidence, NH

Acadia National Park

The next stop in our National Park journey was Acadia National Park.  Acadia has been at the top of our list for the past few years.  We originally had reservations the summer 2013, but were called back to Florida early.  This time around Andrew and I thought we’d avoid the summer crowds by waiting until after Labor Day when schools were back in session.  Our reason for picking October was see the full moon from the top of Cadillac Mountain.  I thought for sure it would be the perfect quiet time to visit.  I was wrong.  I left out one part of my great equation to Acadia solitude…the leaves.  We arrived in time for peak colors.  While it was absolutely beautiful, it extremely busy around Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia and Bar Harbor.  Cruise ships lined the waters and people flooded the streets. 

We didn’t let the crowds slow us down.  We filled our time exploring the island and Acadia, while spending a little quality time visiting family and friends.  Andrew’s aunt and uncle met us for nine days; and some Airstream friends, Dianne and Duane, happened to be in the area too.  It was great news for us that Mount Desert Island was pet friendly for trails (except ladder and rung trails), towns and boat rides, so Ame got to enjoy the island also.

Some of our adventures included hiking the sand bar out to Bar Island and the rocky cliffs along Park Loop Road, taking a Schooner ride around Frenchman Bay and sampling various lobster themed foods.  A couple of days we enjoyed a few longer hikes around Eagle Lake and Cadillac Mountain.  We even experienced our great views of October’s full moon from Cadillac.  Acadia became another notch in our quintessential autumn tour. 

Sand Beach Views, Acadia National Park
Sand Beach Views, Acadia National Park
Panorama, Acadia National Park
Panorama, Acadia National Park
Fugus Love
Fugus Love
Random Trail Hiking, Maine
Random Trail Hiking, Maine
Ame's First Schooner Ride, Bar Harbor
Ame’s First Schooner Ride, Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Fall Foliage, Bar Harbor
Fall Foliage, Bar Harbor
Inn, Bar Harbor
Inn, Bar Harbor
Dahlia Love, Bar Harbor
Dahlia Love, Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor Views, Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor Views, Acadia National Park

Long Weekends in New Hampshire

No trip to New England is complete without a long weekend visit to see my cousin, Jenn, in Nashua, New Hampshire.  This year we actually made two visits to Jenn’s.  One in October and another in November.

The first weekend was beginning of vibrant leaf colors.  During our stay, we managed to enjoy a walk through one of Nashua’s city parks, Mine Fall Park.  This stroll offered us some beautiful water reflective views of the colorful leaves, serene spots to enjoy nature, crazy informative signs (see photos), and playful puppies.  Another day we attempted a trip into Salem, MA, only to realize our foolishness when we arrived and couldn’t find a single parking spot.  For anyone wanting to visit Salem, do not attempt during the month of October, which brings out every kitschy tourist interested in the witch trials.  However, we did managed to enjoy a tasty ice cream treat at Dairy Witch, located on the outskirts of town.

Our second weekend to Nashua was quiet and restful.  We came to town to celebrate Jenn and her husband, Tim’s birthdays.  While most of our time was spent walking the neighborhood, enjoying the abnormably warm weather, Jenn, Andrew and I did manage to make a trip into Lowell, MA to enjoy the perfect fall food, ramen, at Ramen 1981.

Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Funny Sign, Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH
Imformative, yet Humorous Sign, Mine Fall Park, Nashua, NH