Holiday Inn Express North Conway
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... around with childish excitement, Tuukka included.
This included a visit to the little gift shop, look out terrace and a glance at the weather station.
The return trip down was a little anti-climactic as we were somewhat prepared for the road conditions, and welcomed the climate change from low 30's back to the warm 80s!
If you get the chance, get up there and visit the summit. It'll be an experience I won't forget and am pretty sure you won't either
... researched and various other admin tasks completed, while also playing the ever-present Scrabble app for iPhone. We finally crashed at 4am!
Despite the rather late finish, we were up and out by 10 and making our way through the White Mountains National Park and then the sparsely-populated but beautiful state of Vermont. Our route took us alongside stunning mountains with ski fields and gorgeous mountain streams as we headed for the Canadian border. Next stop ...
... speaking province. All the road signs are in French (no English) and looked nothing like the road signs we've become familiar with in France.
The further we drove the heavier the snow was getting and the outside temperature is now 28 degrees Fahrenheit, enough for the water on the highway to freeze and that was a bit worrying.
By the time we were on the outskirts of Quebec the snow is starting to get much heavier and visibility a few hundred metres.
Next stop ...
... and people are getting the beach towels out. She laughed in our faces when we asked her if she was too cold and preferred to move somewhere warmer like Florida.
She has been living in the Northeast for her entire life, interestingly enough in West Hartford, Conn., which is the next town over from where I grew up. Kelly's niece Beth flew from California to New York and drove the two of them to Maine.
Kelly is a bit of a rebel. On Wednesday, she ...
... to get to the mountain before the morning crowd. To our surprise, the chair lifts didn't start operating until 9:00 a.m., but no matter -- we sat by the fire pit they have at the base of the mountain and patiently waited. We didn't end up getting on the first chair up the mountain, but we settled for the third.
The two peaks to the far right of the resort were closed on the first day due to ...