Monday, September 13, 2010

Seeing the Western Side of The White Mountains

On Sunday, September 5th, we pulled up stakes and left Shelburne, New Hampshire (pronounced "New Hamp-sha"). We headed west to see the other side of the great White Mountain range.  The short 25 mile ride was delightful; the sky was bright blue with big puffy white clouds, the sun was bright and the temperature was near perfect.

There were small patches of changing leaf colors among the trees we pass and I snapped pictures out the side window of the coach in hopes of catching more than just a blurr.  Other signs of fall are the apple trees, some growing wild, it seems, along the roadside.  Most of the trees are bent over their limbs are so full of apples.

Traveling south along I-93 we reached a spectacular stretch of highway through Franconia Notch State Park.

Ski slopes - photo taken through the windshield
The Franconia Notch is a mountain pass that winds between the peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. This is an area of many ski slopes and in summer they are easily seen. 

We passed the Robert Frost Place and the New England Ski Museum, but didn't go into either. We took a photo of the rocky faced mountain and later learned that it is the location of the "Old Man of The Mountain",  a site discovered in the late 1800's for it's resemblence to the profile of a man's face. The "face" fell off in the spring of 2003 and the bare stone face is now some kind of shrine.  Weird.
Flume Gorge is a narrow granite passage with steep waterfalls. 

We pulled into the parking lot, enjoyed the area and had a nice lunch.  

We continue to see "Moose Caution" signs, but we've still not seen a real live moose.  I know now that  moose are nocturnal and we are not.  We are just not going to change our habits to accommodate a moose sighting.

Over the last few nights, Wayne has begun hearing a sound he first thought was a bird flapping around on the slide cover.  He's come to believe now, though, that there is a "Mickey" mouse trapped somewhere between the ceiling over our bedroom and the outer part of the coach roof.  Oh joy.  We have our "LIVE TRAP" used successfully when we got a mouse family in Evie.  We also have a good supply of sticky boards -- get one of those stuck to you and you'll never forget it.  Anyway, we'll be working on the mouse project now too.

Still uncertain about the performance of our Energy Management System and the "fault" signals we're getting, we are watching the situation closely.There is an authorized repair person for the system in the area and we might make a call to him. Yet another project.  It's good we're retired as we have so many things to keep us busy. 

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