Autumn in New Hampshire

As Hurricane Joaquin has been threatening Beatitude in Annapolis, we’ve been in Portland, Maine, where I’ve been working in the Southern Maine Medical Center emergency department. Thankfully, it now looks like Joaquin will head out to sea and leave our vessel alone.

This past Saturday we flew from Baltimore to Portland to spend ten days while I replenish the coffers for further cruising. The night before we flew out, we spent the evening at the Ram’s Head Tavern On Stage, enjoying the quirky, yet entertaining music of Livingston Taylor, the less-famous brother of the very famous James Taylor. It is remarkable how much alike they are.

Evening sunset in Annapolis before our trip to Maine

Evening sunset in Annapolis before our trip to Maine

Livingston Taylor

Livingston Taylor

I worked the first four days we were in Maine, including on my 57th birthday. Cindy was sweet enough to come with me on this trip just so I wouldn’t be alone on my birthday. When I returned from work at 11:30 p.m. on September 27th, she had placed balloons and signs all over the hotel room door and inside the room to help me celebrate my birthday the next day.

Returning to the hotel after a long shift in the E.R. to find birthday decorations. :)

Returning to the hotel after a long shift in the E.R. to find birthday decorations. 🙂

Yesterday, I enjoyed my first day off. And, what a wonderful day it was! Cindy and I decided to do our own, single-day, fall colors tour. Three years ago this month, we visited Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for the first time on a bus tour to see the fall colors. This time our mode of transportation was rental car. We left around 8:30 in the morning and headed for the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The drive through the back roads and small towns of southern Maine was beautiful. Once past Conway, NH, we made our way across the Kancamagus Highway, a 32-mile stretch which cuts through the heart of scenic and mountainous White Mountain National Forest. The fall colors were not yet at their peak, but the vistas were still gorgeous. We gazed on lovely mountain streams and waterfalls populated with brilliant flashes of purple, red, orange, yellow and green. Cindy loves the fall colors more than just about anything else in nature. She was nearly in tears for most of the day. What follows are (a lot of) photos of our trip through the White Mountains. Enjoy God’s artistry:

Why did the Turkey cross the road?  To avoid being hit by our Nissan Altima!

Why did the Turkey cross the road? To avoid being hit by our Nissan Altima!

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Lots of Moose Crossing signs, but alas, no signs of Bullwinkle.

Lots of Moose Crossing signs, but alas, no signs of Bullwinkle.

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The Russell-Colbath House, built in the 1830s, the oldest remaining farm house in New Hampshire.

The Russell-Colbath House, built in the 1830s, the oldest remaining farm house in New Hampshire.

Inside the home.

Inside the home.

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After having some great burgers at the Black Mountain Burger in Lincoln we decided to continue the fall sight-seeing in a big loop. We continued northward on I-93 through Francona Notch State Park, before making our way back to Conway on Route 302, passing below the 6,288 foot peak of Mount Washington. The scenery was breathtaking.

Good burgers!

Good burgers!

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I exited the car to take some pictures on the side of the road and startled these three dear which high-tailed it out of there.

I exited the car to take some pictures on the side of the road and startled these three dear which high-tailed it out of there.

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Before returning to our hotel, we had dinner in Waterboro, Maine at the cutest diner called “Blast from the Past” (also the name of one of one of our favorite movies starring Brendan Fraser) which served excellent food (especially the country fried steak!) in an immaculate diner right out of the 1950s.

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Cindly loving the "Blast from the Past"

Cindly loving the “Blast from the Past”

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We are halfway through our week and a half in Maine. On Wednesday of next week we’ll fly back to Beatitude. Our plan is to hang out at the boat show in Annapolis for a couple of days before quickly making our way south. The islands are calling!

Beautiful sky after dinner

Beautiful sky after dinner

8 thoughts on “Autumn in New Hampshire

  1. I enjoyed coming with you on your ride through the mountains, fall foliage and waterfalls on your driving explorations. Love the old house too, that is where my heart lives, in an old house with autumn outside.

  2. I spent he first 57 years of my life in the foothills of the Catskill Mts., and fall is the same as New England as far as the colors are concerned. I always liked it when there was still some green left. Beautiful !!!!

  3. HELLO… I just loved seeing my New Hampshire in the beginnings of fall foliage beauty. I was born and lived in southern N.H. But the white mountains, have many good memories. As a kid we trained from home in southern N.H. to Conway in the white mountains, to be picked up by an aunt and uncle and taken to Maine for a vacation. Mountains in partial or full color, definitely God’s creation.
    Thanks for sharing the beauty.
    Be safe in travels and I pray for blessings .

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