Before heading out of the White Mountains, I made sure to stop at The Basin. It's right off Highway 93, very accessible (a short flat path, paved part of the way), and worth a visit. Kermit, the silly dog, tried to jump in!
Monday, July 14, 2014
The following day Kermit and I went up the East Pond Trail to East Pond. The trail is off Tripoli Rd, near the Sandwich Wilderness/Waterville Valley area of the Whites. As part of my undergrad research project with the Hubbard Brook REU, I sampled this pond back in June 2009. Steve Smith of the Mountain Wanderer, has a great blog post about the history of East Pond, which at one point was mined for diatomaceous earth.
|The water was chilly and refreshing, perfect for swimming, despite the leeches|
|East Pond has a beautiful bluish-green tinge|
|We explored and relaxed by the shoreline for a few hours|
|The East Pond outlet stream|
|Kermit really enjoyed hanging out by the pond|
|One of the plants I've missed seeing, hobble bush!|
|I asked someone to take a photo of me, they only took one, and I blinked! Too bad, because otherwise it's a nice photo of us.|
|Kermit waited very patiently as I photographed the East Pond outlet stream in different exposures.|
|Trees and moss growing over large glacial boulders is a common site in New England|
Sunday, July 13, 2014
|Kermit and I on the way up Mt. Lafayette|
|Kermit needed several breaks along the way!|
|Eagle Lake, along the side of Lafayatte|
|The Greenleaf AMC hut|
|It was a bit windy and chilly (as expected) in the krumholtz and alpine areas|
|One of the great views along the Bridle Path|
|Another vista off the Bridle Path|
|(looking south) The Old Bridle Path follows the ridge line up Mt. Lafayette. Interstate 93 is visible.|
|The Old Bridle Path, a very rocky and steep trail, typical of the White Mountains|
|One of the tough spots on the trail for Kermit, slippery and sharp rocks. He did great though!|
|Kermit was happy to rest on my lap for a few minutes on the way down|
|Dinner was cooked using my homemade cat food can stove.|
That night we car-camped off the Kancamagus, at the National Forest Hancock Campground. I opted not to back-pack this trip, since Kermit is still getting used to hiking mountains (but really...both of us need better conditioning!). We fell asleep to the pleasant rush of the Pemigewasset River.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Kermit and I were back at Sleeping Giant the next day, and we went up the blue square trail, which is considered the most difficult trail in the park. The steep and rocky path reminded me of a typical trail in the white mountains. The views along this hike really surprised me, I did not realize how beautiful Connecticut is, apparently there is a fair amount of open space and conservation land in the state.
This hike was a good test for Kermit before heading to the White Mountain National Forest.
|More exposed rock along the trail.|
|The trail follows the ridge line along the right.|
|Giving Kermit a rest on the way up, and admiring the view.|
|Kermit never experienced a slope like this in Illinois!|
|There are some nice vistas on the way up.|
|Lots of exposed rock on the trail|
|This plaque is off the tower trail|
|The blue square trail|
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Our first weekend back in New England, I hiked in Sleeping Giant State Park, in CT. We took the tower trail for a little bit, but it felt like I was just walking up a gravel road, so I explored some side trails en route to the stone tower.
|Me and Kermit on one of the side trails (green?) heading to the tower|
|The sloped cavernous corridors leading to the top are interesting|
|The stone tower was built by the WPA in 1936|
|There are some beautiful views from the top|