After exploring family-friendly Maine, we were off to New Hampshire where we are camping at Campton Campground, part of the White Mountain National Forest. When we arrived to our campsite we noticed that these sites were quite larger and more spread apart than we were accustomed to experiencing. This allowed for more privacy and less noise from the kids screaming and playing around. The hot showers at this site were $2.50 (in quarters) for 5-6 minutes. So we knew we needed to get some change from the campsite host or another location.
The first evening we took a left and drove down a bit to find Waterville Valley, along a nice creek, which was about 15 minutes away. It has a Town Square which had its own grocery store, hotel, realty businesses, and various attractions, such as a small pond with boat rentals, tennis courts, an ice rink, ski/snowboarding school, and more! It is such a cute little area with hiking and biking trails leading from the center with its own information booth and post office on site.
We decided to get some Kashi bars for our upcoming hike and then take advantage of the public internet. Also, Michael and I got some ice cream at Pig Pens. He got “Muddy Sneakers” and I got a scoop of “Malt Crunch” and a scoop of “Brownie Batter” = yum! Then we were off to bed where we ended up watching “The Amazing Spiderman 2” on Michael’s laptop.
The next morning we slept in. Our first stop was along the creek because Michael wanted to fly fish a bit in the morning. We also explored a few different hiking trails along the road to see which one we wanted to do the next day. Then, we headed into Town Square to explore the area. We came across the Mad River hiking trail, and then got some lunch. After that we walked around and headed back to the campsite for a nice run along the road. We had turkey sandwiches for dinner and then watched “Need for Speed” on Michael’s laptop.
We woke up at 8:30am the following morning and ate yogurt and fruit for breakfast and headed to The Sandwich Mountain Trail to Noon Peak, which had a beautiful overlook. It was a very steep hike up to the peak, and we were very happy to get to the overlook to have some lunch and take some pictures. At Noon Peak we could spot Mt. Washington to the Southwest. We realized that our compasses were contradicting each other because one was saying it was West and the other East. We ran into a couple at the top of the peak who also found their compass to agree with mine, but we soon realized there must have been something at the top of the peak because Michael’s compass was on his phone. We had full service at the peak and the phone’s compass also used GPS so we knew his was the most accurate one.
After the hike we wanted to put our mini Frisbee in the cache located at the parking lot of the beginning of the trail, but we were unable to locate the container. By the way, there was no cell phone service whatsoever at the base of the trail or at our campsite, so we drove back to Waterville Valley, where there is full service and free wi-fi! 🙂
We located another cache overlooking the clay courts and placed our frisbee there. New Hampshire has been checked off our list. From the cache, we took a travel bug and are planning on bringing it over to China in December because its mission was to hit all seven continents before returning back to the state of Florida. The cache has been all over the east coast and took a mini loop over to the northern coast but has not left the continent yet. So, we figured it would be pretty cool to bring it along with us in our journey.
Tomorrow we are headed to Stowe Vermont, which is about a two and a half hour drive from Campton, NH. Stowe is the only place we reserved a hotel for two nights during the 2nd leg of the trip, so we are looking forward to getting to sleep on a real bed and also being able to do some strength training at the fitness center. I feel like my muscles, especially my arms, are not getting enough at all, so I’m looking forward to working out again.