New Hampshire Vacation, Part 2

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

After a delicious New England breakfast from the inn's restaurant, we put on our shorts and hiking sneakers and headed to "Diana's Bath," a national parks trail.  It takes you a half-mile down a well-maintained, crushed granite path through a forest of birches, beeches, and maples until you reach beautiful water falls.




There is lots to see and examine along the way, including interesting mushrooms.



We learned that some of us are better hikers than others, and some of us are more easily distracted and need a little extra help.




When we reached the end of the trail, we shed our shoes and splashed around in the cold mountain water.  Big Sister collected some pretty river rocks, and Little Brother broke sticks and splashed. 



It was hard to say goodbye to this:


Later, we headed to Bretton Woods to ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway train.  Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the northeastern United States, standing at a mighty 6228 ft (laughable to those who have enjoyed the Rockies).  Nonetheless, it is a magnificent sight, and the cog train up to the summit was a lot of fun.  The railway was commissioned by an ambitious and seemingly crazy rich guy in 1866, and it has been in operation ever since.  There is nothing else like it in the world, so the brakeman will tell you.  We climbed 3500 feet on an approximately three-mile trip up the mountain in a fairly new, yet antique looking coach--all powered by biodiesel, 7 miles per hour all the way up. 







The weather went from sunny and 85 to super foggy and windy with a temperature of about 50.  We were hiking around in a cloud and had to buy sweatshirts before we hiked to the summit of Mt. Washington.







The Cog Railway was a thrilling experience, definitely a highlight of our trip.

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