Sunday, September 17, 2017

More from Maine and New Hampshire

From Amherst, New Hampshire, we follow Route 101 north(east) to Interstate 93 north. Once into the White Mountains , we enjoy the slower trip through Franconia Notch, going by Cannon Mountain and the Old Man of the Mountain site. Then there is an exit for Route 3 to Twin Mountain and Route 115 up to Route 2 east towards Gorham. This is the northern stretch of the White Mountain National Forest .
Above is part of a trail within Dolly Copp National Forest Campground.

We so enjoyed Dolly Copp National Forest Campground last year, we came back for Labor Day this year.  The plus is that the sites are first come first served.  We arrive on a Wednesday and have an excellent choice of sites.  Ours has this great view of Imp Mountain.  With our America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass , we can stay for 6 nights at $11 per night. By Saturday morning, most sites are filled for the holiday weekend.  The National Forest is renovating the campground---completely redoing roads from the base up, adding electric and water sites, adding shower houses(yes, there were no showers here), new bath houses, and a trailer dump station.

During the weekend, we joined some family members near Whitefield, NH to look at some sale property(very nice, but just looking). Afterwards, this nice stop at Forest Lake State Park.  This state park is on a beautiful lake and has free admission for day use--no camping.  A wonderful park that sees a number of people come with folding chairs just to look at the view.

After the Labor Day Weekend, we head south on Route 16, past Mt. Washington.  On to Route 302 through the Conways and then west on Route 112, also known as the Kancamagus, following the Swift River to Jigger Johnson National Forest Campground.  Just one night--with some of the most spectacular, loud, and noisy thunder storms in quite a while---for us.
The next day --with less rain, we head back east to Route 16 south to Route 25 west in Tamworth to White Lake State Park.

This is a beautiful state park, with large campsites and a clear lake with views of the mountains above.  Included is a quiet hiking trail around the lake with--as you can see--no private homes, camps, or other buildings. There are several mountains visible from the beach and the trail. This one above is Mt. Chocorua.

Time to enjoy another great weekend with friends and family at Scott and Rachels.

Some time for Mom and daughter to catch up on the new house and the new Masters Degree.

Some serious kitchen talk.  
All the troubles in the world could be solved in a kitchen. 
All of the Maggs kids love cooking.
And they are good at it--get hungry just thinking about it.
They must get that from their mother!

Cousins can catch up around a really neat tiny house.

Good friends Jan and Nancy.  
Alison also having a great time.

Dad enjoys some time with Alison!

Not so serious talk around the table with Sean, Bailey, Dave, and Keith.

Sooooo---how are those dance lessons coming?
Great--would you like to try some positions?
Sure--couldn't be too hard.
And we all had such a great laugh!
Thanks guys!
It's not September until you can pick apples.
Look how many apples just on those trees in the background.
And they have already had some picking.

It is a tradition to eat at least one fresh apple right off the tree.

Rachel sets up another great selfie.

Kids with their own pictures and some school pictures often take serious as well as not so serious pictures.  Which one was this?

Father and daughter relax.

Back at Walnut Grove in Alfred, Maine.
This strange bug loved the side of Lady Blue.
Didn't we see those wings in some graphic design?

This miniature campsite was at the foot of a tree in the campground.
Note the rocking chair, pebble fire place, tiny swing beneath the mushroom, and camp trailer made from small pieces of wood.

We are surprised by the number of people who are unaware of the Marginal Way walk along the oceanside in Ogunquit, Maine.
This access walkway takes you by some very colorful flower gardens. 

Some great views of the ocean, sailboats, fishing boats, and lobster boats on the way from Ogunquit Beach to Perkins Cove.