Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliffs

I went hiking in New Hampshire (again) for Memorial Day.  (It’s kinda addictive.  And so beautiful!) This time I choose a trail of moderate difficulty, about 5 miles, which features great views and a waterfall.  It was well worth the time! IMG_2058

A mushroom that was growing! I apologize for the lack of sharpness in these images; I was using an older lens I haven’t touched in a long time and apparently I need a refresher course in it!

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The beautiful woods! It had been raining that morning – and it rained after I finished my hike – and the sun was playing peek-a-boo, which led to absolutely divine colors.

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A path to adventure!  I did this hike by myself, which is perhaps not the best idea – I am both embarrassingly bad at finding the bright yellow and blue trail markers and fantastically clumsy.  But it’s so much fun to be alone in nature that I can’t resist taking off for the mountains on a free day.

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A bridge! All those nice lines!

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Trees that have adapted to an unusual degree.

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This was about a quarter way through the hike.  The rain made everything wet and muddy; I loved watching the water drip off the rocks.  (And there were a lot of rock features!)

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I call these toad-faced tree mushrooms.  I have no idea what they are actually called but I love them.

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The view from Frankenstein cliffs was breathtaking! The play of light with the storm clouds on one side and the sunshine on the other was stunning.

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Just for scale, one of those tiny blue dots is my car! I was sitting right on the edge of cliff to eat lunch.  I don’t know why, but I love being on the edges of sharp drop-offs.

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More of the view! It’s definitely worth the hike and the best part is I was sitting on a large, flat rock outlay, so I was quite comfortable eating lunch and enjoying the view.  It was about halfway through, so the perfect place to stop.

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The final awe-inspiring mountain scene.  It reminded me more than a little of the opening scene of “The Sound of Music”; thankfully I resisted the impulse to burst into song.

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Leaves! The trees here are so different from the ones in Texas; I love their large, bright foliage.

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This root was just the coolest thing!

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A water feature! I had to prune my pictures pretty sharply for the blog, but this was a water-heavy trail – so many creeks, streams, and bubbling brooks that I could hardly believe it!

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More water flowing down rocks.  I thought this was the waterfall at first, and was very excited for the water but disappointed about not seeing what I imagined a waterfall to look like.

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Then I came upon the actual Arethusa waterfall and it was everything I had hoped it to be and more! This picture unfortunately doesn’t quite convey the scale of the waterfall, but it was quite tall and loud and I was so excited to see it that I may have squealed in a childlike manner.

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An old-fashioned wooden bridge on the way down.

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My favorite water feature.  The golden log – I don’t know why it was golden – was the perfect topping to this miniature waterfall.

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Back at my car! I broke in my new Oboz hiking boots on this hike and I was astounded at how waterproof they actually were.  All that darker brown on them is mud – but look how incredibly white and clean my feet are! At the end of the trail, I was deliberately splashing through the middle of puddles to see if my feet would get wet and they stayed pretty darn dry!

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