Monday, July 29, 2013

We love camping, its in tents

We spent the last weekend of July exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire along the Kancamangus Highway.  We were treated to sunny skies and seasonable temperatures and plenty of fresh air.  We camped at the Jigger Johnson Campground which is located half-way between Lincoln and Conway.   After a little jockeying for position we settled into the best site, a open airy spot far enough away from "The Kanc" to feel like were were truly camping.

We explored several hikes, and really enjoyed the hike to Mt Chocorau via the Champney Falls trail which was recommended by our friend Paul.   The hike was a gradual ascent and opened onto a rocky ledge just below the base of Mt Chocorau which offered 360 views for the final push to the summit.  Kokee was a trooper, although reaching the summit via some blocky scrambles in the heat of the day made for a tired (but happy) dog.  We entertained the thoughts of a swim to celebrate a fine day, but found soaking sore feet in the Swift River followed by hot showers at the campground to be more civilized.  
Ledges below the summit of Mt. Chocurau

Kokee near the summit of Mt Chocorau

Bruno at the summit of Mt Chicorau

Champney Falls
Champney Falls

We took a lazy path back to Connecticut on Sunday to give Kokee a recovery from her scramble up to Mt Chocurau with some short hikes, including a stroll along Sabbaday Falls.  We spent some time taking in local history and a made a stop in Lincoln for ice cream before heading south for home.

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