Monday, August 30, 2010

California Poppies finished

See entry of July 14th for more info. I still haven't decided whether to make a card from this, but I probably will make some small cards for the next craft show in November.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pittsburg NH

We spent 2 nights and 3 days at the top of NH, by the border with Quebec. No cell phones or e-mails. Relaxing, but it was a bit rainy. We did get out to hike the 4th Connecticut Lake trail. This was a bit of nostalgia for us as we had hiked it 23 years ago.  The lake is the headwaters of the Connecticut River which starts in northern NH, forms the border with Vermont, goes through Mass. & Ct. all the way down to the Long Island Sound.

The lodge (Tall Timber) was pleasant and the owner brought his German short hair pointers with him and we played with them a bit. That was fun and brought fond memories of our last dog, Tova.  I thought I would be sad, but I was o.k. 

Lots of signs at border and on the trail. I was able to read most of the French, but had to look up one word (for trapping) when we got home. No fishing, hunting, or trapping etc. The trail was steep and rocky, but we had our hiking shoes and poles. It started raining on the way back and we were glad we had rain jackets.

This is a view of the customs station from part way up the trail.  Lots of construction going on there. Not sure why our government is spending so much money there. Not too many people going back and forth to Canada on this rural route. The trail winds back and forth over the U.S. and Canadian border. There are plaques in the ground.   The border was decided on in the 1800's by some treaty.

Joe did some fishing at First Connecticut Lake, but it was overcast and drizzling. We didn't stay long. Saw ducks and loons.  Also maple trees with red and orange leaves already. Autumn comes early to the great north woods.

On the way up, we took a side road so we could see the pretty waterfall there, Beaver Brook. It was a good trip and tomorrow it's back to work again.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sea Iguana again

I still can't decide if this picture is done or not. Every time I look at it, I feel I need to add a little more definition. I think the iguana looks better now, but I'm not sure about the overall picture. I may continue to work on it from time to time.

Next week we are going north, to the tippy top of New Hampshire (Pittsburg, bordering Quebec) and I will have time for some sketching. It has been a very busy summer, with hiking, family, gardening (all good stuff) and I have had little time for art. I hope to get some good photos of moose. The last time we were there, we saw many of them along Route 3 (a/k/a Moose Alley).

I have signed up for three craft shows in November/December. I will have to prepare more cards and prints for those. I think I'll bring one or two original pieces with me as well.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mounts Morgan and Percival

Beautiful day hike in the Holderness/Campton/Squam Lake area with Dina and Joe on Monday, August 9th. Lots of rock and ledge to scramble over but it was worth it for the view. Dina gave us some technical pointers. I posted more photos on Facebook, just a few here. No more uphill hikes for a while. Our feet need a bit of a rest. My legs are fine and we'll still do some easy, flat or hilly trails the next few weeks, but not our granite and rock trails.
The first two photos are from Mount Morgan, the third one is Joe on top of Mount Percival.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Drake's Brook/Sandwich Mountain Trails/Jennings Peak

We hiked again in Waterville Valley area yesterday. I am convinced that trail maps lie. I had calculated a loop trail would take about 5 hours, doable at our level as we had been doing 4 hours the last two weekends. The trails actually took us close to 8 hours and we were very tired when we got down. Fortunately only a few minor slips on slippery trails and rocks did not cause any great harm to either of us. I actually enjoyed the cold water at the end of the trail and did not mind getting my shoes & socks soaked. Felt good on my tired feet and legs.

First we stopped at Ski Fanatics in Campton and I bought a hiking stick (Whistle Creek).  That was much more helpful on the trails than my trekking pole.  It is nice and sturdy and helped a great deal on both the uphill and downhill terrain.

According to the trail map, the Drake's Brook trail to the connection with the Sandwich Mountain trail is 3.2 miles, another .2 miles to Jennings Peak. The downhill is marked on the sign as 2.5 miles going from the connection back down through Noon Peak and to the parking lot. Personally, I don't believe the signage either. This was our longest hike ever and I'm glad it wasn't as hot and humid as the last two weekends.

Anyway, we made it to the 3500 foot summit of Jennings Peak and had beautiful views.  Also completed the Noon Peak part of the trail which we had done a portion of last weekend.  Very steep and rocky. My legs are tired, but I'll be fine by tomorrow.  Since we are in our 60's, I am proud of both of us for completing ths long hike and making it to the top!

I put more pictures up on Facebook, just a few here.