In the absence of anything else to write about just at the moment – as well as the weather being lousy I’ve been snowed under with work since coming off the sick; can’t complain really – I thought I’d do another retro post.
Reading about Martin Rye’s preparartions for his impending trip to do the 100 Mile Wildnerness this summer, inspired me to look up our photos from a trip we did to New England in 2006. We didn’t do anything quite as exciting as Martin is planning, but nevertheless spent three weeks in the White Mountains doing lots of day walks and a couple of 3 day backpacking routes.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect before we went as all our previous mountain trips to the States had been in the high mountains of the Rockies or the west and Geoff in particular, was very unsure as to whether he could stand constant walking in trees! I have to say that we were both pleasantly surprised though, at how much we enjoyed the region.
It was a lot busier than out west so solitude wasn’t as forthcoming, but compared to areas like the Peak District it was definitely quiet. Also, due to the much lower elevation of the summits than the likes of the Rockies, many of the tops were often tree covered, but the higher ones like Mt Washington were suitably treeless and windswept. The trails too were different. They were in fact harder – hardly any switchbacks at all, so much more straight up and down, whatever the steepness! Being a fairly small area as well, by US standards, you weren’t actually supposed to just pitch your tent anywhere in the back country like we’d been used to in areas like the Cascades, but had to stick to specific ‘sites’. These generally seemed to have wooden platforms that you had to put your tent on. Quite what you were supposed to do if you got to a place tired and all the wooden platforms were taken, we weren’t sure. Luckily, we were never in that position. In many areas mind, the trees and undergrowth were so thick that it would have been nearly impossible to pitch up if a spot hadn’t been been artificially cleared and a platform put down.
Suffice to say though, we had a fantastic time and certainly wouldn’t say no to another visit in the future. I did however, get a funny looking bite thing part way through the trip that started to develop red rings around it, and within a week of arriving home again came down with a nasty bout of a ‘flu like illness, so consequently found myself being treated for Lyme Disease. The treatment has changed since, but at that time it was 3 month’s worth of Doxycycline. It’s only a fortnight of the stuff now apparently.
Anyway, rather than posting individual photos I’ve been playing around with Movie Maker again, so here’s a short video. (I forgot to put what the music is at the end of the movie – it’s ‘Easy Silence’ by the Dixie Chicks.)