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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Hiking We Will Go






Quechee Gorge




This past Memorial Day I went hiking in Vermont and New Hampshire with the intention of conquering Mount Ascutney.  We hiked it a few years ago in the fall which meant we were hiking through knee deep fallen leaves and the daylight was significantly shorter, meaning the hike was truncated because we needed to get off the mountain in daylight! The trip out east started with a visit to Quechee Gorge and some of the covered bridges that had sustained damage due to Hurricane Irene last year.  With the heavy rainfall from the hurricane and the many smaller rivers in the area, there were natural paths for the water to take, only the water overwhelmed the banks of the rivers, carried debris downstream, and deposited trees, mud and anything else carried along wherever the water crested. Most of the state didn't suffer damage and much of it has been repaired enough to bring back the tourists. The hiking started first with Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire since the elevation going up wasn't as much as Mount Ascutney, then we did Mount Ascutney two days later.  We made it to the top of both mountains and were rewarded with some spectacular views.







One of the damaged bridges














The top of Mount Sunapee

The path up Mount Ascutney














The view from the top of Mount Ascutney















3 comments:

houndstooth said...

What fantastic hiking places! We would love to try something like that -- especially if it would cool off some!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh the photos are so beautiful! What a wonderous time you must have had!
love
tweedles

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Hi there dw,
GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Firstly, thank you so much for dropping by my blog...it's always nice to meet new folk.
I really enjoyed reading this post of yours and marvel at the beautiful hikes and scenery around the USA. Thank you for sharing.
I am also so sorry about all the puggy friends that have recently crossed the Rainbow bridge. It sure has been a sad time in blogland.
Keep blogging.
Sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA