As I headed north to Rumney, I thought about all of the places I knew I wanted to visit. Although it was late May, the day promised warmth above “normal” temperatures. By the time I got to Polar Caves, I was hot and sticky.


Knowing the average temperature in the caves is 55 degrees, I was looking forward to a cool down. As I gathered my gear, I watched a chipmunk happily munching on the fallen pine cones…


Before heading into the caves, I stopped to feed some of the animals who call the park home…




A lovely covered bridge marks the beginning of the trail to the caves…


Every cave is named and the boardwalk makes it easy to explore…


There was still some ice in the ice cave…










Being on the larger side, I opted to skip fat man’s misery…


Once you reach the upper caves, you can stop and enjoy the mountain views and survey the pathway back to the bottom…










After exploring the caves and some of the nature trails, I was ready to continue my tour of Rumney. As always, I was drawn to the beauty of the barns, old and new As well as the farm animals …










Nearly every road in Rumney offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains…










Another place I knew I wanted to visit was Rumney Rocks. These granite faces draw climbers from around the world…








On one of the trails leading to the rock faces, I saw a native columbine. The first one I’d ever seen…


Rumney isn’t all about granite boulders, after all, it is part of the lakes region…






If you don’t want to relax by the lake, you can always enjoy an outdoor fireplace…


I don’t think anyone has been to this cabin in quite a long time. But the critters have certainly made themselves at home…




After a day of touring, dinner at the diner sounded perfect…


Until next week – never stop exploring…

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18 Comments on “Rumney”

  1. lakesidemom August 3, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    We love Rumney. The Rumney Bible Conference has been near and dear to our family for four generations. And the view from Rattlesnake is one of our favorite hiking views. Thanks for sharing… especially your shot of the dreaded windmills. That’s the only time I’ve seen them in a positive “light.”

    • Touring NH August 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Rumney certainly has a lot to offer! Thank you for coming by!

  2. marthaschaefer August 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    I have never been to the Polar Caves but your photos convinced me it would be a worthwhile trip. Either you did a great job of disguising them or there didn’t seem to be a lot of other tourists there at the time. The native columbine was a beautiful find!

    • Touring NH August 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

      Surprisingly, there were very few people there, but it was mid-week and the kids were still in school. I was thrilled to find the columbine!

  3. Oh, the Places We See August 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    What a great park! Love the needle’s eye, climbing rocks, animals — everything. Thanks for sharing this special place with us!

    • Touring NH August 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      Your welcome. There certainly was plenty to see there!

  4. Pamela Armstrong August 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Would it be possible to add a map link within your photo essays? I always have to back out and do google maps to see where I am and then return to your photos. Thanks for what you do. I always enjoy!

    • Touring NH August 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Do you mean a link to a map of the town? Or a map of the state with the town highlighted? I can try. Thank you for coming along!

  5. New Hampshire Garden Solutions August 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    Now that is a place I’ve been to. The fat man’s misery should be called everybody’s misery because I was pretty skinny when I went through it and I thought I was going to get stuck. I remember it being really claustrophobic.
    I’m glad you got to see some native columbine. It’s a beautiful little flower.

    • Touring NH August 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

      Some of the caves are definitely small spaces, I had to crouch and duck-walk in more than one! The columbines were very pretty and I was surprised they were growing as far up the face as they were.

  6. Sue Slaght August 4, 2015 at 3:59 am #

    I enjoyed this exploring with you very much. We spent 15 years rock climbing so seeing your photos is a bit like being home. Thank you. 🙂

    • Touring NH August 4, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      I enjoyed watching the climbers, finding the slightest indent to use for a hand or toe hold. I’m glad it brought back fond memories for you.

      • Sue Slaght August 4, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

        Also just wanted to let you know I shared one of your posts on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks again for playing the Peru Food quiz.

  7. Jeff | Planet Bell August 10, 2015 at 6:25 am #

    So beautiful. What a great state for road trips. Your spectacular fall is almost here, for better or worse!

    • Touring NH August 10, 2015 at 9:42 am #

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      It wouldn’t be so bad if the arrival of Fall didn’t herald the approaching Winter. I’ve already seen some trees with leaves starting to turn.

  8. Marie Keates August 11, 2015 at 7:40 am #

    You packed a lot into your visit. The caves look interesting but I think I’d have give fat man’s misery a miss too. The rock climbers are brave and that little shack is charming.

    • Touring NH August 11, 2015 at 9:35 am #

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      There was a lot to see! I didn’t do it all in one day, I stretched it out a few days. I used to rock climb in my younger and fitter days, but I never got into it enough to need ropes and harnesses.


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