Monday, July 31, 2017

Clam-bake at the Weekapaug Inn

Last Thursday we joined our friends Mark and Jen at the Weekapaug Inn to sample their summer clam-bake. This was in celebration of Sheri's birthday earlier in the summer. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and the ambience of the historic inn. We even managed a few games of shuffle-board and got to make s'mores over an open fire. All-in-all it was a wonderful evening.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Overnight on Mt Isolation (NH)

On Saturday morning we set out to hike to Mt Isolation (4004'). With good weather in the forecast, we elected to break up this relatively long hike with a stop overnight and camp just below the summit. This would give us the chance to spend a little more time relaxing and enjoying the views from Mt Isolation, and to enjoy dinner and an evening high in the mountains.
From the Rocky Branch Trailhead we took the Rocky Branch Trail which led us along and across a beautiful river. There were 5 "major" crossing and lots of rock hopping over tributaries in between the crossings At the last river crossing we took the Mt Isolation Trail to the Davis Path which lead us to the summit of Mt Isolation. We arrived at the summit to find mostly clear skies. The views of the Presidential range, including Mt. Washington, were fantastic. We enjoyed lunch and spent some time talking with other hikers, many who came via the Glen Boulder Trail and Boot Spur Path (ridge of Mt Washington).
A brief stop for lunch
At the summit (Mt Washington in background)
Late afternoon brought some high level clouds which was a cue to hike back down the Davis Path to a secluded spot where we set up camp for the night. After a dinner of lentil curry and sip of Maker's Mark we settled in for the night. We enjoyed the sounds of distant fireworks from the Mt Washington Hotel as we fell asleep.
Our secluded campsite
In the middle of the night the the clouds dispersed leaving a stary night. We were so glad we opted to sleep with just the inner tent. We woke to the faint light of dawn which unfolded into a clear, cool and sunny day. The hike back to the car was pleasant as we hopped rocks and crossed streams and rivers.
This leaves just seven more mountains to climb to complete the forty-eight 4000' peaks in New Hampshire.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Zealand & Sedona Together Again

We were happy to have the opportunity to look after Zealand's best friend Sedona over the 4th of July holiday.  Here are a few pictures of their adventures together.

Ready for a road trip?

Tired out after a hike to Black Cap

Hiking is thirsty work!

Its MY stick!

Who is the most popular dog on the trail?

The Osceolas

Last weekend we had fine weather in New Hampshire, so we celebrated with a hike to the Osceolas (East Osceola and Mt Osceola).  It was a straight out-and-back hike with some steep rocky sections along the way.  The trail was quite busy and both summits were teeming with hikers.  Not a wilderness hike by any means, but two more 4000'+ peaks were added to our tally and we had a nice day out on the trail.