Scenery For the Soul
Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
132Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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This trip to the east coast is bringing up a lot of memories for me. When I was at McGill and living in Montreal, I made many weekend hiking trips to the Adirondacks, often staying in Lake Placid the night before we hiked. Years later Mary and I made a trip to Lake Placid to ski in the first few months of our relationship – our first weekend trip away. Now we're back and the leaves are in full fall colour.
Today we start the day early in Lake Placid. The sun is out and the air is crisp as we set off for North Conway in the White Mountain National Forest Park in New Hampshire. I’d forgotten how beautiful this area is. The first town we get to is Westport, NY and as we cruise through we write down on a piece of paper - "Westport – we could live here one day". This is going to be a great drive.
We keep to smaller roads through Vermont and this leads us though the Mad River Glen Mountain area. It’s getting a little foggy as we follow the narrow, winding road to the top. It’s a mysterious ride until we get to the top and find about half a dozen cars already parked. Among the people there is a group of skate boarders who are getting ready to board down the 12% grade of the road in the direction we are going. We head off first and experience the slopes and turns that they will be taking. We pass their film crew on the way down. Crazy stuff!!
When we get to the White Mountain National Forest the stunning scenery of lakes, waterfalls, covered bridges and gorges does not disappoint. White Mountain is a whole lot of beautiful nature with just the right amount of tasteful human intervention to make it all more accessible.
We finish the day with a little New Hampshire style tax free shopping at the huge outlet mall in North Conway. New gear packed into the car, we find our Inn and settle in for the night.
Being here feels good. I think it is a feeling of stability in a changing world. A feeling of knowing that years from now, the mountains and streams will always be there to recharge the soul and spirit.