Saturday, October 13, 2018

Moriah. October 7, 2018

Carter-Moriah Trail, 3,550 feet of elevation gain, 9.0 miles

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Mom, Alex, and I set off on the trail up Moriah in full daylight.  It was flat for a while, but then it started to go up moderately.





It was a cool October day, but we delayered quickly, as we were hot from the hard exercise.


The sunlight mixed with the beautiful fall leaves, which were in peak foliage, created memorable, gorgeous scenes whenever we looked up.


Mom took the lead as we headed up...



This leaf caught my attention.  The water droplets were beautiful.


Here are some pictures of fall foliage we saw on the trail.  These are just a few examples, however; there were many more.







We passed Mt. Surprise and continued up Mt. Moriah...





We eventually made it to Mt. Moriah to a cloudy sky with no views; however, there was a nice breeze that cooled us down. 




Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr


 After a short break, we headed back down.

Mom going down the ledges...


After a moderate decent, we made it to the flat part of the trail.  Breezing down to the parking lot, we took note of the colorful leaves that were all over the path.


Alex and I took out our school work in the car with new focus, as the physical exercise and nature had refreshed us and given us a good break.  The trek had been filled with good company and beautiful fall colors. 


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Waumbek. September 30, 2018

Starr King trail, 2,650 feet of elevation, 7.2 miles

See Alex's blog post about her and Mom's hike; it will be posted shortly.

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On this hike, I went 15 minutes ahead of Alex and Mom, so I started in darkness.  The trail was relatively moderate, and it flew by. 


Eventually, I made it to Starr King.  There was a bit of an undercast (that seems to be happening a lot lately) and, paired with the early morning sun, the views were breath-taking.





I headed over to Waumbek...



Before I knew it, I was at the summit.  The path between Starr King and Waumbek is so easy and moderate it usually feels less than one mile long.


I continued to the view point and sat down to wait for Alex and Mom.  There was a view of the Presidentials, and I could even see the summit buildings on Mount Washington.




After a while, Alex and Mom came and we all said hello to each other.  I then started to head down the mountain while they had their summit break.




Looking through the woods at the mountains in the distance...


I continued down towards the car.



Yay!  I got to the car and waited for Alex and Mom to catch up with me.


When they did, we put our gear in the trunk of the car and drove away.  We talked about our experiences and agreed that it had been a chilly, but beautiful, morning hike.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Cabot. September 22, 2018

York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, 2,400 feet of elevation gain, 9.6 miles

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Mom and I had Alex start 15 minutes ahead of us, so that she could do the mountain solo.  After the 15 minutes, we started along the flat trail in chilly weather. It was the first day of fall, and it certainly felt like it.


After a short stretch of trail, we reached the intersection with Bunnell Notch Trail...


The path was flat for a long time, with a few little streams and lots of fallen leaves. 



After a while, the path started to go up.  It was very beautiful however, which made us not notice the incline as much.


Before Mom and I knew it, we were at the intersection with Kilkenny Ridge Trail; we continued on this path towards Mt. Cabot.


A little bit of fall foliage!


We made our way to the other intersections...


Eventually, we started up the summit cone of Cabot and then made it to Cabot Cabin.


Mom and I went up to the summit; on the way there we met Alex, who was on her way down.  We told her to go wait in the cabin for us so that we could all have a snack together.


Yay!  Mom and I made it to the summit!



Summit selfie!


Looking back at the intersection right before the top of the mountain...


Mom went down to the spring near the cabin so that she could get that trail for redlining.  Alex and I waited at the hut for her.  When she got back, we spent some time hanging out and replenishing before Alex started down.  This selfie is from when Alex and I were waiting for Mom in Cabot Cabin.


After waiting around 10 minutes for Alex to get a head start going down, Mom and I put on our backpacks and started after her.  Here is a picture of a moth that I saw on a rock on the way down.


We made our way to Bunnell Notch Trail and then started down the steepest part of the hike.


After we had descended a lot, the trail flattened out. Sunlight was bouncing everywhere, and it was really beautiful.


The sun was making colorful streaks on my screen, so I decided to take advantage of the lighting to take a couple selfies...



We headed down further...



After the trail flattened out completely, it didn't take long for us to make it to York Pond Trail.


Before we knew it, Mom and I were back at the car.  We said hi to Alex and admired the amount of cars in the parking lot before driving away.  It had been a beautiful fall hike, the first one of the season, and we were all happy about our experiences.