I finally put aside time to edit and post some images from my recent vacation to New Hampshire. I could not think of a better place to take my girlfriend Brenda for her first visit to New Hampshire other than the Lake Winnipesaukee region at the foot of the incredible White Mountains. With so much to see and do it’s the perfect place to get out of Dodge for a week. Our main plains were to go smallmouth bass fishing and do some sightseeing, including a day trip to visit Mount Washington.
A couple of nice smallmouth bass right off the dock at Meridth Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee
After a couple of days fishing it was on to Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft. There are several ways to reach the summit, you can hike, take the auto road or the cog railway. We decided to take the cog railway. In operation since 1868 the Mount Washington Cog Railway train literally runs straight up the side of the mountain vs a switch back railway design. As the train ascended above the tree line the brakeman / tour guide gave us a history lesson regarding the cog railway as well as Mount Washington, its surrounding terrain and the harsh quick changing weather conditions. The world’s highest wind gusts were recorded at the summit on April 12, 1934 at 231 miles per hour.
There's a steam engine that makes the run once a day, for the schedule check http://www.thecog.com/
The cog train ascending as it nears Jacob's Ladder the steepest incline of track on the way to the summit.
View from the train ascending Jacob's Ladder
Once above the tree line the mountain terrain takes on a whole different appearance, some spotty patches of grass, but mostly just rocks. Even in the summer the summit can be cold, with the chance of snow being more than just an unlikely occurrence. You are literally in the clouds. The afternoon we visited, the clouds were beginning to move in on one side of the mountain as a storm approached with a 20 degree difference in temperature between the base of the mountain and the summit. It was truly an incredible experience.
A group of hikers making their way to the summit. The summit marker.
This is the original observation post where the highest wind gust was recorded, notice the building is chained to the ground.
The 2 photos above are of the Tip Top House, restored from the original 1853 Tip Top Hotel.
Visitors waiting to board for the trip back to base location.
Our train ride from base station to the summit of Mount Washington not only encompassed the incredible scenery but also the rich history behind the cog railway as well as the evolution of the summit destination and its outposts. It is a trip which I would certainly do again if the opportunity arises.
Our next stop after leaving the Marshfield base station included a visit to the Mount Washington Hotel where enjoyed some refreshments as we sat on the veranda overlooking the golf course with the spectacular backdrop of the Presidential Mountain Range.
The Mount Washington Hotel.
The last day of our vacation we made a last minute decision to take the 3 hour sunset dinner cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee. The beautiful sunset, an absolutely wonderful view of the lake, dinner and live entertainment, we could not have asked for a better way to spend the last evening of our vacation. Just one more reason why I would not have to think twice about returning to this area in New Hampshire.