If you’ve been along with me on my tour of New Hampshire for any length of time, you are probably not surprised you haven’t heard from me much lately. Winter is not my favorite time of year, by any stretch! Last year, I even fled winter by escaping to Arizona with my dad for 8 weeks. I’ve pretty much been holed up in my house for the last several weeks. In truth, pretty much since I got back from Florida in early February.
As far as winters go, it has been VERY mild this year, with a distinct lack of snow. While I’ve been singing the praises of above average temperatures, the short days and lack of snow have left me in a funk. As much as I try, I just can’t seem to get motivated for “stick season” I know there is beauty out there, I just have to get out!!
What got me going yesterday was a chat with the campground I will be staying at during my annual 2 weeks away. This year, I have decided to stay in Bethlehem, NH at Apple Hill Campground. Steve and I decided to take a ride north yesterday to preview the area. It was a balmy 34° F with lots of wonderful sunshine! A perfect day for a road trip. According to our GPS, if we stayed off the highway, it would take us over 4 hours to get there. Hmm! The highway it is!
Our drive up interstate 93 took us through Franconia Notch State Park. The Old Man of the Mountain, our iconic state emblem, was here until its collapse in 2003. If you’ve read the page “Why tour NH” you know the fact I never took a picture of the Old Man was a major influence in starting this blog. But….there are still many, many reasons to visit the notch!
Here is a preview of Franconia and Franconia Notch…
With just a slight turn of my body, this was the view…
So…there is winter beauty, if I can get myself out there! I hope you’ve enjoyed my preview of Franconia and the Notch. I’ll be headed to Bethlehem over Memorial Day weekend. With spring like temps expected this week, I promise to get out again before then!
Have you ever been through the notch?
Do you have any great memories of the Old Man?