The days are getting warmer and I am back to touring NH. My second town of 2015 was Hopkinton. It’s a beautiful town with lots of rural charm. If you been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I have an affinity for Highland Cattle. Their long shaggy hair and curved horns always make me smile. We were nearly finished with our day in Hopkinton when we came across this wonderful farm. The farmer, complete with his faded overalls and hat, gave me the ok to visit with his cattle…





One thing about touring in the winter or very early spring is you see the character trees have without their canopy of green. No two tree are the same but, in their nakedness, I find them starkly beautiful…




“The winter that wouldn’t quit” has damaged so many trees. You can’t drive anywhere without seeing the devastation.I lost several trees in my own yard as well (including one that landed on my jeep). Toad’s demise did not come from the limbs of the mighty maple, but from the snow and salt of 7 winters in New Hampshire. Sad, but true..no more Toad…



Sorry, back to Hopkinton. Hopkinton is turning 250 years old this year and for the last 100 years, it has been home to Hopkinton State Fair.It is a great agricultural fair with lots to see and do. The animals and demolition derby have always been my favorites…



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Rowell’s Bridge spans the Contoocook River in West Hopkinton…


I’ve kayaked several parts of the Contoocook River, but never through Hopkinton. If river kayaking isn’t your idea of a good time, there are plenty of small ponds and lakes to visit…


If you want to stay away from water sports all together, Hopkinton offers some amazing places to  hike…


See you next week. Thanks for coming along.


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15 Comments on “Hopkinton”

  1. marthaschaefer April 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    What fun, Laura! I love the shot of the youngsters, so snuggly in their shaggy coats.

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions April 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    I’ve never explored it but at least I’ve been there. Too bad about the Jeep. I thought you had it in Arizona.

    • Touring NH April 13, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

      Yes, Arizona was its last “tour” The crossmember separated from the frame 😦 Might have been some of the rocks I crawled or the washes I forged. Either way it wouldn’t have lasted the summer.

  3. Jeff | Planet Bell April 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    Oh my god, those highland cattle are amazing. It looks like most all the snow has melted.

    • Touring NH April 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      Aren’t they. I love them! Yes, Spring is finally springing!

  4. Marie Keates April 19, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Our trees are slowly being hidden by a fuzz of green. Much as I welcome it I miss the drama of the bare branches. We lots a lot too. So sad to say goodbye to Toad. My own Mattie Matiz is not long for this world either.

    • Touring NH April 19, 2015 at 9:05 am #

      I could take the drama of bare branches if it was as warm as it was in Arizona, but I just can’t take the cold.

  5. seekraz April 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Love those cows!

  6. Sue Slaght April 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    I’m with Jeff, those Highland cattle are incredible. I just wanted to reach out and give them a pat right through the screen!

    • Touring NH April 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

      The funniest part of my love of them is how much they remind me of my youngest son. He has red hair and for a while it had grown long and would hang in his eyes all the time. Every time I see a red one, I think of my son. Thank you for stopping by.

      • Sue Slaght April 21, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

        That makes it even better! My son had long hair for many years too.

  7. gallivance.net April 25, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    Laura, the second Highland cattle photo and the hawk (?) are wonderful. And is that ground I see instead of snow? ~James

    • Touring NH April 26, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      Thank you James. Yes ground instead of snow, woot woot woot!!!


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