Tag Archives: New Hampshire

Waterfalls – A Hike up Purgatory Brook

Purgatory Brook

There are several nice little hikes close to my (New Hampshire) house.  I’m talking within 2 or 3 miles (under 5 km).  There are some more mountainous hikes within 10 miles (15 km).  I don’t take advantage of these trails as much as I used to or as much as I should.  I’m going to try to change that…

One of them is a trail up Purgatory Brook (Milford and Mt. Vernon, NH) that hits three larger (not huge) waterfalls and a handful of smaller falls, including, in the wet weather, a stream that cascades down the steep valley into the brook.  This is a very pretty hike.  Last autumn I rediscovered it when my brother came to visit.  I used photos of the hike in several posts, including this one.  In early February I did another short hike (not seeing the upper two waterfalls) and posted about it here.

A little over a week ago I revisited it.  One of the reasons I wanted to go was that I had just picked up a new camera and wanted to field test it. Continue reading

Ice, Wood and Water

Deep, cold pool

A few weeks ago I did a short hike near my house in New Hampshire.  The trail follows Purgatory Brook and goes by all three waterfalls, but I only stopped at the first.  It was relatively warm day, but the path was icy in spots.  For the most part, though it was a great hike.

One special thing about the hike was that I brought my camera and the new lens.  The bad thing is that I had forgotten to change the battery so it continued to flash at me that I was losing power.  I still took a few pictures, most of the ice covered waterfall, Lower Purgatory Falls. Continue reading

Hiking Mt. Lafayette in November

Canon form Franconia Ridge

Cannon form Franconia Ridge

I know I’ve talked it about it quite a bit and even had posts about it, but just in case you didn’t know, I went hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains exactly a month ago, on November 19.  In fact, my Weekly Smile for week 47 was a write up about the hike.  Look at it for details.    OK, here’s a short excerpt:

We got up bright and early (or actually still very dark and early) Saturday morning and drove up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  Specifically we went up to the Franconia Notch area and did the loop around Mt. Lafayette.  The loop is about 8.9 miles (14.3 km).  The top of Lafayette is around 3000 feet (915 m) above the trail head and the total climb (since there are several peaks in the loop) is about 3900 feet (1190 m).  It is not an easy trail, but it is a fun one.

I also posted about the fall I took while hiking.  I am still not 100% recovered.  The worse of it was past in a week or two, so a month out I’m fine, but there are still times I can tell I injured myself. Continue reading

The Fall

Waterfall - bottom

I paused, looking down at the damp piece of granite.  It wasn’t the stone itself, or its worth as a foothold, that gave me pause, it was the large drop just past it.  When it comes to heights, I’m not much of a risk taker.  Some may snicker at that statement seeing the extreme places I’ve skied or hiked, but for the most part, if there is a large, sudden drop, I tend to stay away from the edge unless I am guaranteed a good handhold and better foothold (or am on skis ;) ).  This drop looked huge, but it was the best path and the foothold looked solid. Continue reading

Weekly Smile 47 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

If you’ve been reading my blog at all over the last few days I’m sure you realized that my brother came up from Philadelphia to go hiking.  I had a few posts about our short hike(s) on a trail that is just a few miles from my house.  I haven’t said much about Saturday.  That’s about to change :)

We got up bright and early (or actually still very dark and early) Saturday morning and drove up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  Specifically we went up to the Franconia Notch area and did the loop around Mt. Layfayette.  The loop is about 8.9 miles (14.3 km).  The top of Lafayette is around 3000 feet (915 m) above the trail head and the total climb (since there are several peaks in the loop) is about 3900 feet (1190 m).  It is not an easy trail, but it is a fun one.

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Second view of Lafayette – that’s still a couple of thousand feet up there! (The mountain to the right is Mt. Lincoln – it is smaller, but closer so looks bigger).

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A Mid/Late Autumn Walk

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Beaver Pond on Purgatory Brook.

I know I’m stretching this into the third post, but I did forget a picture ;)

So, what should I do with my brother on Friday afternoon after he gets into town?  I wasn’t super worried about this question, but I did want something to do.  There are a lot of short hikes close to my house, some with a lot of country charm (i.e., fields, meadows, etc.), some with small lakes/large ponds, some with stands of ancient trees where you can walk through trees that were all alive before any European settlers where in the area.  There is also a nice little hike that has three waterfalls. Continue reading

Reminder #weeklysmile 46 Part 2!

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Earlier today I posted about hiking up to the lower and middle falls on the Purgatory Falls trail just up the road from my house.  Today we wen out between rain storms and, starting from the top, saw the Upper Falls, which are my favorite.  The picture doesn’t do it justice – these falls are cool!

So that is my third smile for the week ;)!

What made you smile this week?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

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Note – the weekly smile runs Wednesday Morning to Wednesday morning.  I post in the morning (Eastern US) and put up the link usually between 7 and 8 AM EST.  I also try to post on Sunday as a reminder.  People can and do join throughout the week.

I Want Your Smile #weeklysmile 46 reminder

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Just a very quick check in here…  On Friday I picked my brother up at the airport.  On the way back we stopped at a little place for short hike.  This trail is about 2 1/2 miles from my house.  Actually, there are two parking places and the second one is less than 4 miles from my house.  But it is someplace that i always forget about.  It was actually a very nice little walk!  We saw two of the three waterfalls on the trail (it was getting dark so we turned back before the third.  Very nice.  I need to do it more often.

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Lower Purgatory Falls

Rediscovering this little spot so close to home was a big smile. Continue reading

Autumn in New England

Bells Neck

I really didn’t have a lot of time for photography this Autumn, but I was able to get the camera out a couple of times and I took a lot of phone pictures.  Although I shared some of the phone pictures before, I redid them in Photoshop.  In some ways I like the Instagram versions better, but I’ll leave these up as a contrast.  Like this picture out of my Kitchen window up in Wilton, New Hampshire.

Out of my window

Did you recognize it?  It has been posted before, an early November scene of grey and the last glowing embers of autumn. Continue reading

Throwback – Political Encounters

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On Monday I hinted that there were further stories involving Secretary Kerry, the Secret Service and big name politicians.  Yes, there are.  First, a little background.

I live in New Hampshire.  Anyone who has paid attention to US presidential politics may know that this means that anyone hoping to become the President of the United States spends a lot of time in my state.  In various events, house parties, fund raisers, open speeches and rallies I have seen Congresspeople, sitting Senators, former Senators, future Senators, Governors (past present and future), cabinet members (past, present and future) and Presidents (former, present and future).  I’ve shaken many hands and have stood inches away from a Senator giving a speech (I tried to hide in a corner and he came and stood next to me; I’m not sure why…).  So seeing high level politicians and the Secret Service is a normal part of NH life.  I also once saw, during his brief retirement, Secretary Kerry speak  to a small gathering on Nantucket.  I think the topic was the environment.

But today’s story is a little different. Continue reading