As most of you know, Josh and I got married last week and headed up to Franconia Notch for our little getaway. Because the wedding photos are not available yet, I am instead going to regale you with extremely detailed and unnecessarily specific tales of our adventure.
To begin with, this is Josh's car, packed to overflowing, the morning we left. Our wonderful family (Deb and Lindsey most specifically) made sure that we had plates of food from the caterer, all kinds of drinks, and ALL of our presents. We removed the presents, obviously, but filled the remaining space with clothes and books and other fun stuff.
The next photo I took wasn't until we arrived. It was pouring rain all the way there, so I didn't take any pictures of the views while we were driving. This is the mirror in the bedroom at the cabin. And me! That's me in the mirror.
Here you see a stunning view of the mountains as shown from 93 South.
Here we have Josh, driving with a smirk, following an extremely hilarious joke I told. This is also the first of several attempts, by me, to take his picture without him noticing.
Our GPS was very helpful. See how helpful it is.
This is the next photo I took of the mountains from the highway. I'm not sure the world can get more beautiful than this.
These are mountains in Franconia. With clouds!
This is attempt #2 to take Josh's picture without him noticing. Note the same smirk as earlier. My current theory is that he always drives with that smirk.
Lonesome Lake was a popular spot on Monday, although there are quite a few other trails that lead out from this parking area. The roundish mountain is Cannon Mountain. Lonesome Lake is sort of halfway up.
Look, more cars! And a house thing!
Woods are so cool. There are so many colours and textures and smells and all kinds of fun stuff. Here you can see a bridge.
Here is what it looks like when a person (in this case, Josh, more specifically), walks across the bridge. First one foot, then another.
In this photo, Josh demonstrates that this bridge is capable of supporting the weight of a full grown male human.
Because bridges are made for walking, they have a lot of experience meeting different types of shoes. If we had had time, I'm sure Josh and the bridge could have had some great conversation.
Surrounding the bridge, gorgeous trees cover the mountain. Josh studies the green and the sun in the forest.
This is where the trail we were hiking split off into other trails. We continued on the Lonesome Lake trail and arrived at the Lonesome lake in 0.8 miles.
I love trees. As in, seriously a lot. Almost as much as I love the universe. This is a really cool tree, with stunning root patterns. That combined with the green mosses just sets off the tree's figure. Great dresser, that tree.
We met a chipmunk. It is an AWESOME chipmunk. I named it Carol. Carol has great fur, amazing stripes, and gorgeous eyes. She is great at finding things to eat too.
This sign is located right near Lonesome Lake. We proceeded to walk around Lonesome Lake and back down the mountain.
This is Lonesome Lake. I must say, it is absolutely spectacular. Legendary, if you will. This was our first view.
Many of the trees in the white mountains look like they are walking across the planet. I found this one particularly elegant, with it's swirly skirt of roots, and awesome green hairdo.
This is Edward the Friendly Duck.
Edward decided it would be a good idea to take a look at the book Josh was reading, and to say hello. Josh is not as good at catching ducks as me, though, so Edward made his fond farewells and departed sans photo shoot.
Josh reads for a short time beside the beautiful shores of Lonesome Lake. We found a spot that had no people, and for good reason as it was rather uncomfortable.
Here are two rapscallions enjoying some time beside the lake.
The mountains surround Lonesome Lake, so no matter which angle you see it from, there are still gorgeous sloping hills of periwinkle blue.
On the far side of the lake, the ground gets pretty swampy, as small tributaries of water run down from Cannon Mountain. Also, Goblin is head butting me right now and it is rather difficult to type. As a result, these wooden pathways have been laid, not only making it easier to walk, but also making it look like a fairy wonderland.
This is what it looks like when a person of ill repute steps on the wooden planks. The water underneath is so clear! And filled with little tadpole fishes.
See how cool the trails are. The clouds are partially blocking the mountain views (clouds do that sometimes), similarly to the way Goblin is blocking my view of my keyboard and part of my monitor. It's a good thing I can type without looking at my hands.
Here is the third in my series of pictures of Josh when he isn't looking. Here, he enjoys the splendid view of Mt. Cannon from the edges of Lonesome Lake. Meanwhile, Goblin has settled comfortably on my left arm, and I can now see the keyboard and the entirety of my screen, although I can't move my left arm from its position.
There were cool little ponds throughout the swampy area next to Lonesome Lake. They reflected the sky quite nicely.
Josh loves to examine things, particularly dogs. Well, there were no dogs in this pool of water, but the tadpoles were cute and had little tails. We debated whether they were tadpoles or fish or some kind of partially grown newt. We settled on newt eventually.
Here is a clear view of the mountains over the lake.
We met a dog. This dog is named Ricky. Ricky was a good girl. She picked up a big stick--it was probably six feet long and quite large in diameter. Ricky came over to say hello and I petted her until she ran off after two other dogs, and her dad had to put her on a leash.
I just can't get enough of the views. The breeze was perfect and cool, and it smelled like pine needs, the water lapped gently against the rocks. Perfect.
This is what the mountains looked like at the bottom. There were so many cars! They were parked all the way back up onto the highway.
This is the cabin we stayed in! It's so cute with a bed and a kitchen and a tiny dining room table, and a futon. The basement is super creepy (sorry no picture) and all the serial killer tools are in the shed.
Here Josh poses cutely on the front porch of the cabin.
This pump is in the yard. It doesn't pump water, though. I tried.
This crow decorates the driveway at the cabin. We call it Persimmon. Hello, Persimmon, how are you today? I am fine, thank you. Enjoying the beautiful summer weather here in New England and the smells of the trees.
Here we have a creek. It has water on it and trees around it.
Next up on our trip we visited the Flume, a highly recommended tourist attraction. It is part of the Pemigewasset River. This bridge, beautifully painted red, was built in 1886.
This is the Flume. According to The Flume website, "The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The walls of Conway granite rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart."
I mean, it's gorgeous. Look at that moss on the rock. Stunning. The whole way up I imagined that I was the person that discovered it. Spoiler: it wasn't me :P
The Flume was covered with water falls that fed the river as it flowed through. Gorgeous and refreshing, are only two words that can describe it. You could also use words like relaxing and beautiful and petrichor and wet and rocky and river.
This is the view from the top of the Flume. Sort of. We had to kind of walk around the Flume, but it was a hill right next to the Flume. We did the two mile walk.
In the next picture you will see a clear, and beautiful shot of a rock turtle. Rock turtles are found in the mountains, usually higher up than this one, but occasionally at lower elevations. Rock turtles are carnivorous and use strategies such as putting food out in front of them to lure in unsuspecting travelers.
Here we have another walking tree. This one is practically levitating.
This is more river, this time, early in the morning with fog... ethereal, except for all of the other humans wandering around. We humans do have a tendency to make things a lot less ethereal.
This is the Basin. It's this sweet rock formation made by thousands of years of water rushing into this pool. The rock is shaped like a big bowl, probably great for making a very large tossed salad.
This is Josh standing in front of the Basin. He's very beardly, wouldn't you agree?
We hiked uphill from the Basin, and were rewarded with a series of absolutely gorgeous waterfalls. These are some of my favourite pictures of the bunch. There was a cool breeze, as well, which broke the hot day nicely. I climbed over the rocks to get as close to the water as I could.
This is Josh exploring nature. He is not as excited about it as me, but he does a great job carrying the backpack. He likes it when we see dogs on the trail. We saw two black labs and a little yappy thing and a golden retriever and a dachshund-yellow lab mix on this particular day. Yes, I have gotten that good at remembering which dogs I see on what days.
Here we have another walking tree. This tree is working very hard to make it over a particularly large piece of granite.
Josh smiles cheerfully as he watches me clamber over rocks.
This is the view looking down from the waterfall. I love the trees and the mountains and the breeze and the rocks and the water and everything about it.
This is me and Josh! Standing on the rocks! Josh has the best eyes, sorry not sorry, but we had a pretty fun time on this trip.
Look! More trees! After we clambered over rocks, we headed over to the Lost River to explore some caves. These trees were on the trails over there, also clambering over rocks. It's like me and the trees are the same person!
Here we find Josh involved in an ancient ritual called the pretend stabbing of the rock inside one of the caves at Lost River. I think the cave was called something like the Sun of Pluto's Rays or something. If I were less lazy, I would go to their website and figure out what the name of the cave is. But, yeah.
The wooden pathways that made their way through the gorge where the Lost River ran were an epic feat of engineering. We were continually impressed. They also made for a beautiful view as we moved through the trees and mosses and rocks.
Here Josh climbs out from inside one of the many caves we climbed through. A few of them were too small for comfort, but we enjoyed the experience. I particularly loved the caves with ponds and waterfalls inside them. I didn't get any good pictures though. Too dark.
When we exited the Lost River, it showed us this view from a very tall bench. We sat here for quite a while, until a rampaging pack of teenagers caught up with us and we had to run.
In conclusion, we had a wonderful time in the mountains, and in fact, I'll be heading back up at some point soon to do a mini-writing retreat. We loved the mountains, hiking, and all the time we spent watching movies and exploring the area. Also we started Pokemon Going which was fun.
Anyway, if you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend a trip to Northern New England (but probably in the summer unless you really love snow).