On Top of the World

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
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Trip End Jun 26, 2012


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Village Of Loon Mountain Lincoln
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Flag of United States  , New Hampshire
Friday, March 23, 2012

It is late afternoon as we turn onto Route 112 - the Kancamagus Highway.

The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive that is well known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture. Unfortunately for us the foliage has not yet bloomed, however we must drive nearly the whole length to reach our accommodation at the Village of Loon Mountain Condos. Even without the foliage, the drive is one of mountainous vistas and rushing river and falls.

We check into our Condo just as dusk is falling and fill our cupboards and fridge with the supplies we have bought along the way for our one week stay at Loon Mountain. Not wanting to prepare or cook on the first night we take a quick tour of our surrounding amenities and settle on Gordi's Fish and Steakhouse for a pleasant meal before retiring for a well deserved rest. We have been on the go for 6 solid days and now we have 7 nights to look forward to in the one location.

24 March 2012

What time is it? Who cares! We don't have to get up to have breakfast before it is off and we don't have to check out. Go back to sleep.

Another beautiful day in the mountains. Let's go down to the gym before breakfast, or should I say brunch. We'll put on a load of washing and mosey on down to North Conway to check out the Outlets there. Don't forget, there is no sales tax in New Hampshire, our dollar is strong and everything is just soooo cheap. I need some more Ralph Lauren tops!
The outlet stores are open till 9.00 pm tonight so of course it is dark when we make the drive back home along the White Mountain National Forest roads. Watch out!! Was that a moose? Thank goodness they don't move very fast.

25 March 2012

What time is it? Who cares! We don't have to get up to have breakfast before it is off and we don't have to check out. Go back to sleep.

26 March 2012

What time is it? Who cares! We don't have to get up to have breakfast before it is off and we don't have to check out. Go back to sleep.

Look it's snowing! It's too cold to go skiing. Let's check out the shops and sights in Lincoln and Woodstock.

27 March 2012

What time is it? Who cares! We don't have to get up to have breakfast before it is off and we don't have to check out. Go back to sleep.

Another beautiful day in the mountains. Let's skip gym and go skiing instead.

We make it to the gondolas by midday and take one to the top of the mountain. It is a 4 seater and we share the ride with a local - Dave (or Super Dave to his friends).
He spends the afternoon with us and we ski the best slopes down the mountain. He gives us an education on local norms and travel hints for the area and beyond.

Once the gondolas have stopped running for the day, we bid adieu to our friend and wearily make our way to the hot spa at our resort before going home for our Corn Chowder Soup and Turkey Stew.

28 March 2012

"I am so sore! I am glad we are not skiing today. Open the blinds!
Whoa! It looks like it has been snowing all night. I'm going skiing."

"Let's go to gym to loosen our sore muscles. OK, so it is freezing out there and this gym workout has done nothing to soothe the soreness. We will go sightseeing to Mount Washington instead and stop at some sights along the way."

"I'm glad we didn't go skiing. This Flume Gorge is so unique and so beautiful with the snow that fell last night." 

The Flume Gorge was discovered in 1808 by Aunt Jess Guernsey, who at 93, was looking for a good place to fish. The granite walls of the narrow gorge have been carved out by the Flume brook and the gorge towers more than 90 feet above a wooden boardwalk for visitors.

Further along the highway we come to The Basin - A fast flowing waterfall that empties into a large granite pothole.

From there we continue our drive and stop at the Mount Washington Hotel (in Bretton Woods) for their renowned High Tea.
Built in 1902 by railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney, the stately Mount Washington Hotel has no equal in New Hampshire's White Mountain region—much like its namesake peak, the tallest mountain in the Northeast. The hotel is famous for hosting such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, and Babe Ruth. In 1944, The Mount Washington hosted the Bretton Woods International Monetary Conference. Delegates from 44 nations convened, establishing the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, setting the gold standard at $35.00 an ounce and designating the United States dollar as the backbone of international exchange. The signing of the formal documents took place in the Gold Room, located off the Hotel Lobby and now preserved as an historic site. 

Mount Washington is shrouded in cloud so the majestic outlook from the dining room of the hotel is somewhat muted. The Cog Railway is not running (off season) however the outline of the tracks can be clearly recognised disappearing into the clouds from its steep ascent up the mountainside.
After our high tea interlude we continue driving towards the mountain, however whilst the gate allowing access is open (closed during winter) the weather conditions are adverse and the road is reputedly scary at the best of times. The wind is blowing, the sleet is falling and common sense prevails over bravado.
Our quest is at an end, but it has been an enjoyable and worthwhile day nevertheless. 

29 March 2012

Today is the last full day in the White Mountains. There is a drizzle of snow falling and a drizzle from my nose, but I have the trusty 'honey & cinammon' to dry the drizzle (together with copious cloves of garlic and other tried and true remedies).

There is a bit of housekeeping to be done (washing, re-packing, etc etc) and a final drive down to Lincoln village for a couple of necessities. Whilst there we try out the local Dunkin' Donuts and check out the local Trading Post and Maple Syrup House with its own museum.
We pass a common site in accommodation housing - little free standing cabins with their own chimneys - cute!
Then our last stop is to pick up some more of that delicious home-made corn chowder from the parochial cafe "Half Baked, Fully Brewed" (now that's a good name for a cafe Judy) to have as our starter for dinner.

Tomorrow we are on the road again, continuing south into warmer climes.


 



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Comments

Jenny Cribbes on

Photos look awesome. It looks so cold, but here in Melbourne, it is warming up tonight with the Pies v. Hawks!!! Hmmmmm!

Sally McDougal on

Looks fabulous!

Di hall on

The stories are so good to read. Love the photos. It looks so cold over there. Love the Flume Gorge.

Tina on

photos are great. i have the same photos but without the snow! - taken when we did our fall foliage tour. beautiful area.

Annalise on

Thanks for the updates and share your travels with us and of course for the great photos.
Gail you are a great skier
Take care on your travels south

Katherine on

Makes me want to get up and go !! Don't you love that clam chowder !! I don't know how you do it Phil ,you must be up all night writing
Cheers

Heather on

This area brings back great memories of our travels thru the covered bridges, quaint village of Woodstock and bear country! Watch the road carefully for strays!

cameron on

looks like a typical season at Buller....

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