Sunday, October 12, 2008

Climbing Mt. Major!

What a day for a hike! Just look at the color as we approached Mt. Major, located in West Alton, NH.

Being that it's Columbus Day week-end, and perfect weather, there were plenty of people ... and cars ... so we anticipated having to walk quite a ways after we parked. Andria, being the observant one that she is, happened to look down and spot a tunnel that went under the road.

Originally we thought it was a culvert until we climbed down the embankment and had a look-see. My husband figured out that the tunnel was at the bottom part of a trail that led towards the main trails that go up Mt. Major. To avoid walking on the main road we chose the path less traveled, and it has made all the difference. LOL!

Pretty cool discovery! Here is Andria's take on the tunnel. Her dad thought it looked like an album cover.

Mt. Major: Elevation 1700 ft.

Actual ascent/descent: 1100 ft

Heading towards the top of Boulder trail! Yes, I was the slowest one in the group. Everyone else was in front of me

There were several streams and brooks along the way, up and down the mountain. The water was unbelievably clear!

I thought this was kind of interesting. The tree had grown around part of the rock and lifted it right off the ground. Do you know how heavy this rock must be? Me either, but I wouldn't want to find out! That's one strong tree.

Looking up through the canopy of leaves was a gorgeous sight!

Ferns in the spotlight

Small wild Blueberry bushes (in red) at the top

The sight that awaited us at the peak: Lake Winnepesaukee and a gorgeous view! On the far left of this photo you can see some small white buildings dotting the shoreline. That is the town of Wolfeboro, where we went on Wednesday.

Looking right is the direction we came up from. In the very corner of the lake ... Alton Bay

And here we are! Elise, Andria's friend Jen, Andria, Brent, and I

Heading down Brook Trail the sign actually says Mount Major Summit .2 MI. not 2 miles.

We were trying to figure out why there was so much haze around the lake. In some pictures you can see it, and in some you can't.

The White Mountains of NH: named for all the beautiful white Birch trees

I'd say the woodpeckers find this tree to be a plentiful source of food

Almost back to the head of the trail/parking lot. What an incredible climb and everyone was tired and thirsty for more water.

Speaking of water ... people, if you ever go for a hike, even a short one, please bring water and snacks for the kids. At the very least they should have a jacket for when they reach the top. We passed families heading up at 2:30 with no supplies at all. We brought water for everyone and drank it all, not to mention plenty of snacks and bandaids (which we didn't need, luckily). I can't imagine how those children must have felt by the time they made it back to their car a minimum of 3 hours later ... in the cold!

We also met up with a mom and his son, who was quite hungry. I offered him granola bars or peanut butter crackers but his mom refused to accept anything. What was she thinking?

Alton Bay, where we stopped for an ice cream on our way home

Although I tried to persuade the girls to have their pictures taken in the gazebo they were too exhausted and said it was too cold.

Fabulous day ... everything about it! If you ever have the chance to come up this way, Mt. Major is a great, family friendly, mountain to climb and enjoy a picnic lunch at the top.

It was a little windy ...


Lisa Marie said...

Wow it is so beautiful there, my mother went to NH when she was a kid and loved it, I hope to take a vacation there someday after hubby retires, just beautiful...hugs, lisa

Adventure girl said...

What an amazing trip andddddddd photos. My fav is the one up the tree with the yellow leaves. Thanks for showing us your trip and family! Happy Sunday!

nikkicrumpet said...

Well your photos are amazing!! Really gorgeous scenery. And I'm glad you took us along! Because otherwise...unless that hike comes with an elevator...your pictures are the only way I'd see it lol. Great post!!!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the photo essay Sharon - it was really like being there and I enjoyed it so much. What a great way to spend time with your family, your girls are going to have great memories when they are older.
big hugs from FLAT Texas : )

Kristens Creations said...

Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving such nice comments. It sounds like you had a great day out on a hike. I enjoy hiking too, I'm in Arkansas and we do have some pretty trails close by. You took some great pictures. Looks like you have a beautiful family too! I really like your blog, it's really nice! Take care, Kristen

heather said...

Wow! Your pictures are beautiful! Thanks for taking us on the hike with you!

Beth at Aunties said...

I loved your incredible pictures and the colors are amazing! We sat on the plane last night with some 'Leaf Peepers' who had been in New Hampshire this past week and they were still were in awe of the gorgeous scenery. I loved the Lake. WOWZA!
I enjoyed going on the hike with your family and listening to the wind and happy chatter. Your girls are real beauties like their mom.
Thanks for sharing. I am in love with the East Coast and all it's beauty!

Fifi Flowers said...

GORGEOUS photos! Love this post!

Alyson | New England Living said...

Absolutely breathtaking!!!!! Such a beautiful hike. I love the photo you took of the birch, looking up. That was really cool.

Ginny said...

Love the scenery. I never hiked in my life, however, it is never too late!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

A New England Life said...

Ladies, it really was a beautiful day to remember! Wish you all could have been there with me. Imagine that???

The foliage is becoming more beautiful by the day! I think we are almost at Peak. Then I hate to think of what's next : /


Rae said...

What a fabulous hike!! Boy, makes me think I'd better get my family out on a hike before it's too late in the season! Your pictures are fabulous!!!

Tara said...

What a beautiful post! I found your blog thru Nikki Crumpet's site and I just love it!!

My family has a cottage on Lake Winnepusake in Alton and we spend all summer there, but I don't think I've ever been during the fall- I sure am missing out, huh? Beautiful, just beautiful! TFS!

A New England Life said...

Rae, I hope you and your family will be able to take that hike. It seems to be getting colder by the day lately!

Tara, You've never been to Alton in the Fall? You don't know what you're missing! The sights, the smells ... oh how I WISH our family had a cottage on the lake.

Thank you for stopping by!