The Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire
Our wedding was held at the very new AMC Highland
Center. The highland center was built on the site of a grand old
turn of the century hotel which had burned in 1972. The food is quite
good and the location can't be beat. The weather was beautiful when we
arrived on Friday, was pretty darn crummy all day Saturday nixing
plans for an outdoor ceremony, and immediately went back to being
Beautiful on Sunday. Generally the weather gods and I don't get
along. At least there were some fantastic days for hiking, and the
foliage at and above the level of the notch was at peak color.
The actual highland center is hidden from view on pretty much all the
surrounding peaks we hiked. It's behind the ridge in the notch shown
here. The bit rock face is Mt. Wilson, an easy hike just south of the notch.
Sunday was amazingly nice and sunny, and the remaining folks all hiked
up nearby Mt. Jackson.
The Bretton Woods Historical and Touristy area from above
Looking north towards Mt. Washington in the Nh Presidential Range
Sunday Allan (without baby), Gretchen and I climbed Mt. Washington from the Amanoosic trail, coming back down Caps ridge trail, both very nice, steep rocky trails the likes of which we don't have in Colorado, but at least there's air in New Hampshire.
Gretchen's parents and Ramona rode the Cog Railway up Mt. Washington and met us at the big weather station / visitor's center on top. Usually I refuse to climb Mt. Washington while the cog and the auto road are open
After lunch we headed north, past the Cog Railway tracks, and over Mt. Clay to Caps Ridge Trail. The Wind was kicking up pretty good by this time.
The Mt. Washington Cog Railway - polluting the air and spewing coal since 1869
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