Lee and I had planned to go camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this weekend... but the weather didn't cooperate. So instead, Lee came up with a day-trip adventure that would get us out of the house, out of Boston, and out into the wilderness. We woke up early Sunday morning, filled our camelbaks, packed some car snacks and headed up I-93 towards the Franconia Notch State Park. I've never been to New Hampshire before and I don't really know all that much about New Hampshire either. What I can tell you.... it is very, very, very green and very, very, very beautiful. The car ride was a scenic adventure in itself.
We made it to the top of Mt Liberty in just under 3 hours... 4 miles in over 3,000 feet of elevation gain. And, of course, the views are supposed to be spectacular from the peak but... we couldn't see a damn thing due to the cloud cover (I guess we'll just have to hike it again). After a few minutes on the windy peak, we headed down the Falling Waters Trail and, let me just say... difficult is an understatement. I've hiked some pretty difficult trails and I managed to finish 53 miles of the Wasatch 100 mile race and... this trail ranks up there as pretty damn difficult. It was steep, there was a lot of bouldering, and the rain had made the rocks ridiculously slippery. Lee fell once. I had to show him up and fell twice. The bruises today are pretty gnarly. But we had a wonderful time. And we were greeted with a gorgeous waterfall as we neared the bottom.
This waterfall was breathtaking. See Lee there in the corner? It was pretty big, too. I imagine on a warm summer day this hike would be packed with people. Lee and I didn't see a soul while we were there. It was serene. But not quite warm enough to take a dip.
We managed 13.5 miles before we made it back to the car. We were a muddy mess but that didn't stop us from grabbing a beer and dinner at the Lucky Dog Tavern in Plymouth, NH. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful 'Adventure Sunday' with the love of my life.
As we were driving home, we both felt better about living in Boston with such a beautiful wilderness just 2.5 hours from where we live. It's no Wasatch National Forest, but it'll do.
Do you like to camp? I know it isn't for everybody but I love it. I love being outdoors. I love campfires. I love snuggling in a tent. I love waking up to the sounds of the forest. I can't wait for our first camping adventure in New England!