North Woodstock, New Hampshire
Country Bumpkins Campground is a snug little park in the trees in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. FHUs with 30 amp and cable. Level dirt sites. Park Internet doesn't work for us, but our cell phones have coverage so we're once again connected.
While the trees are colorful here as well, within a few miles of the state border we start seeing dead grass and dry brush. It's the first sign we've seen of the eastern drought since the dry creeks in New York.
Several months ago I saved an article on covered bridges and waterfalls in the area so Friday we head out to see what we can see.
The first stop is The Basin in Franconia Notch State Park. The trail wanders through the forest, along the Pemigewasset River. Although the water is low, it sounds like a rushing river - especially when we find the 15-foot-deep Basin. The crystal clear pool and smooth rock walls are beautiful, but the sideways waterfall steals the show.
|On Thoreau's first visit he called this ".....perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of it's kind in New England."|
|You can't have it - it's my rock!!|
|Here we go!|
|Love the paddleford arches|
|I get ridiculously excited getting to drive through these.|
|Very similar to the first one. Just as beautiful.|
The drive through Crawford Notch is spectacular. High mountains on both sides, lush forests, rock formations, dry waterfalls. It is a beautiful drive.
|Here the mountains are speckled in the distance with rescue teams training on the rock to the left.|
|Around the corner the colors explode.|
|Silver Cascade just a trickle today|
|Loving New England|
|Cute little diner with tasty vittles. Really good coffee.|
|Originally built in 1788, then rebuilt for $2700 in 1850, it was destroyed by arson in 1993. The new bridge cost $3.3M, was dedicated in 2001, and can hold the same loads as interstate highway bridges.|
|Spans the Saco River|
|Wonderful puzzle pieces.|
Tessa and I wander around the campground, appreciating the rapidly changing trees.
|Adding our own color|
|Waiting for the big one, and in this case, the water.|