I enjoyed a brief visit to Wellesley Island, one of the largest of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River. Wellesley Island State Park has a fantastic visitor center complete with 8 miles of easy, well-marked trails and a butterfly house!
I would never call myself a hiker, but for some reason, I decided to push myself a little bit on the trails recently.
Specifically, I headed over to Grafton Notch and hit a couple of the “moderate” loop trails around Old Spec Mountain. Both trails I took joined forces with the Appalachian Trail at certain points.
Table Rock Trail
Table Rock Trail is a 7.2 mile round trip that climbs 1,964 feet to the 3,124 foot summit of Table Rock Mountain. The trail ends 700 feet past the summit with spectacular views of Raven Cliff Falls, the Table Rock Reservoir, and the Caesars Head escarpment.
Eyebrow Loop Trail
The Eyebrow Loop Trail is considered more difficult than Table Rock and rises steeply to a 2,900-foot shelf-overlook on Old Speck Mountain.
These were quite challenging trails for me, so I was glad to have a nice fire and good food at the end of each day.
Now that the Cricket has joined us in Keene, I just had to get away for a quick shakedown in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Beautiful. Relaxing. Very glad we live so close to this…
Only the coolest people with the coolest cars are allowed in Keene…
But seriously… I spent a few nights camping in the Green Mountains, exploring the forest by Jeep. How else would you do it?
Temps are dipping into the 30s at night and the crisp smell of leaves is everywhere. Fall has once again arrived in New Hampshire. If there ever was a time of year to visit the White Mountains, this is it. The colors simply defy description.
And even though Ruby Jean looks ready to go explore, there are very few camping days remaining. Of course, there’s always winter camping…
We spent an early fall weekend camping on the nearby coast of Maine.
With more than 3,478 miles of coastline, we always find something new when we visit. This trip we camped at Bradbury Mountain State Park and spent a long day hiking the Oven Mouth Preserves.
The fall color was just starting to hit in places so even a casual drive to the sample the local brew was full of interest.
Anytime we’re headed out West, a stop in St. Louis is required. Because we were here fairly recently, it felt (in some ways) like we had never left. I met up with old friends, stopped in at our favorite restaurants and museums, and caught up on work at Nebula. Is there anything St. Louis can’t do?
Today, Ruby Jean took me up. Higher than we had ever climbed before. The California Pass reaches 12,960 feet. And there just isn’t much up there.
Just silence. And beauty. In all directions.
Oh, and an old, abandoned mining town called Animas Forks. Now, that’s my kinda town!
This morning I awoke to find that the fall color was moving in. And quickly.
Many of the local mountain trails connect Ouray, Teluride, and Silverton, so if you’re in the area and you’re Jeepin’ around, you’ll most certainly end up visiting Silverton. Silverton is a former silver mining camp, most or all of which is now included in a federally designated National Historic Landmark District called the Silverton Historic District.
Here’s a nifty little video describing Silverton and the surrounding area:
Corkscrew Gulch was built in 1882-1883 — during the race to get wagon roads from Silverton and Ouray up to the silver mines that had been discovered on the Red Mountain Divide. For me and Ruby Jean, it’s a glorious journey to the top of the world — just in time for the fall color to arrive.