Monday, July 29, 2019

Hiking Puzzle

Rich and Bailey on the Puzzle My Ledges
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We'd planned to connect with my former student, Lindy Briggette, and her partner Mike as they completed a 35-mile loop in Grafton State Park. But,  I fell behind in work and met up with them as they finished. Nevertheless, Bailey and I trucked up Puzzle Mountain on a sweltering summer's day at 84 degrees.

Lindy's Mike captured several photos of Bailey and me heading up the trail at Puzzle. I'm so grateful to have these photographs.

Rich and Bailey at the trail head on Puzzle Mountain, July 29, 2019

AllTrails map of hike with statistics

In the shade sucking in water... 

Lindy and Mike after their Grafton Notch Loop of 38.6 miles!  

Old Speck from Puzzle Mountain

Wooded trail on Puzzle Mt. 

Lindy and Rich at Puzzle Trailhead

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lake Francis State Park (NH) & Climbing Lollapalooza on Sunday River (ski area #12)

We trekked far north in New Hampshire to Lake Francis State Park for an overnight at $25. Our first camp ground parking. From there, we headed to a water falls for an early-morning breakfast and then to Sunday River for a hike. We drove 200 miles on this trip.

Bailey on Lollapalooza 

Beaver Brook Falls (NH)

Lake Francis State Park

View from Lollapalooza 

Trail K that traverses Sunday River mountaintops

The Rig in the Mahoosucs of Sunday River's Lollapalooza 

Victoria & Josh

Josh Samuels surprised Victoria Kent on the shores of Lake Webb after 6 years together. 
Good work, Joshua! 

Burt's Point Proposal
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Forty in 60! Plus, Ski Area # 11

I should go to a special school to learn how to take selfies.
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With today’s hike of Saddleback Mountain, Bailey and I broke our hiking record: 40 mountains in 60 days across 3 states. Now, before any of you start sending us flowers, gift cards (ha), or wine (oh, wait...) some of those mountains were wicked small. Nevertheless, we got out there!

Also with today's hike I'm celebrating Katherine Lawler's 98th birthday! A long-time hiker with her kids... Kay, a dedicated Facebook friend, always comments on my hikes and is a role model here in the River Valley for living an involved life. Here's to one of the most savvy nonagenarians I know!