Saturday, July 17, 2010

Water, water everywhere, but no moose

And that's ok, because once you have seen one moose, you've seen them all! Not true, really, we'd love to see another one, but we aren't going to go on any "Moose Safari" to try and see another one. What we REALLY love seeing is, waterfalls, and there is no shortage of them in this part of New Hampshire. Photos on top are Thompson Falls from yesterday's short hike, and the bottom ones are of Arethusa Falls in Crawford Notch State Park, about 35-40 min. from our campground. This was the most rugged hike attempted so far by us, and the hiking pamphlet said "moderate"...moderate in New England speak means "straddle boulders, try not to trip over tree roots, hoist yourself over fallen timbers that block your path, watch the beautiful ravine about 100 feet below you immediately to the side of the footpath dropoff, OR take two steps off the path and you will be tumbling down the mountainside, AND climb steadily upwards with no horizontal catch-your-breath places to breathe a little easier". WELL! At the end of the 1.5 mile hike one way, awaits one of the most beautiful waterfalls, one that cascades 200 FEET down from granite rock cliffs into a pool below...the same brochure says, "do NOT scramble among the rocks, the slippery rocks are quite dangerous" but apparently the approximately 40 people who had already traversed the path didn't read that, as they were frolicking in the pools and rushing waters, and clambering over rocks. Of course, they were about 30 years younger than us, most of them, so we enjoyed the view from a bit back. An interesting side note and this is true, confirmed by Eldy...he saw a girl change from her clothes to a complete change into a bikini, without ever revealing any skin underneath until she was completely changed. Shoo-uh, Eldy! (New England translation: SURE, Eldy!) But he was so confounded by that action, that I do believe him because he said "I don't know how she did that!" at least two times! We wish we had gone earlier this morning, as there wouldn't have been so many people at the falls by the time we got there, about noon...the falls cascaded down 200 feet, and it was awesome! We were really, really glad to have our hiking poles as they help with balance and placement of our feet. And yes, we did climb over the boulders at the base of the falls to get closer to the falls themselves. What an experience!

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