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Go take a hike…

“Want to go hike to the waterfall?” my cousin asked me.  This was just as I was about to sit down in my new zero gravity recliner for the first time, and read my book a while.  ‘We’ had gotten my last couple of issues with the camper taken care of, I use the term ‘we’ loosely of course, and I decided that I was going to rest up.  But that was an offer I couldn’t refuse.  There are two ways to hike there, the steep hike and the easy hike, so we did the easy one and I’m glad we did because I was feeling it,  and because we had to do it a second time because my glasses were missing once we got back to the car.  I have to say the hike was easier the second time.  When I’m hiking with the camera I think I don’t balance myself as naturally because I’m trying to protect the camera.  Maybe I’ll keep it in the backpack even if it is a PITA to get it out and put it away when you want to take a picture.  I want my self as well as my camera to survive to hike another day…6_06_19waterfall16_06_19waterfall26_06_19waterfall3

I’m told that my cousin and his nephew have been swimming in that pool at the bottom of the biggest waterfall.  More power to ’em.  That’s an offer I’ll pass on…

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Lake Morey…

I once got a brainstorm while visiting my in-laws in Colorado Springs.  I said to them, “I know what we can do today, we can go to the Grand Canyon!”.  This New Englander had yet to comprehend the vastness of the western states.  If it was in the next state then it’s a day trip, or so I thought.  Not so in Colorado, but at this exact moment I can buy chicken fingers in VT and bring them home to the campground in NH and they’ll still be hot when I get here.

I took advantage of the nice skies yesterday morning and took a drive around Lake Morey.  It’s my intended destination for the sunset the next time it’s not overcast, which I hope is soon.  I also thought that there might be a possibility for some night sky drama while I’m here, like the Milky Way, but again, it needs to be dark, no extra city lights, but also clear.  That would be fun to try.  I’ve signed on for a class to learn to shoot that sort of thing, I hope I get a chance at it.6_04_19lakemorey16_04_19lakemorey26_04_19lakemorey36_04_19lakemorey46_04_19lakemorey56_04_19lakemorey66_04_19lakemorey7I circled the lake counter-clockwise and I found plenty of spots to pull the car over for pictures.  Then I realized that those weren’t pull offs for photographer’s convenience, they were parking spaces for the houses that were down the steep slopes around the lake.  I came upon a driveway down to one of those houses and found it too steep to walk down easily, and with the curve I can’t imagine driving down it.  And there were stairs leading up to houses on the other side of the street also.  Possibly not so convenient for parking, but those views were spectacular.

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Campgrounds…

There I was, beating myself up for not being more settled into the camper since I’ve been here a week already.  Here being the Pastures in Orford, NH.  Then I realized that today is only my 4th full day here so maybe I’m not doing so badly after all.  Especially since I pushed the button on the coffee pot and ran out to drive myself to the bathrooms in the pouring rain and didn’t have electricity when I got back.  Note to self; don’t run the new ceramic heater and the coffee pot at the same time.  And then I threw the first switch of my life and I’m back in business. Not doing badly at all.

I’m happy with the place but I confess to having nothing to compare it too since I’m a first timer at everything about camping.  I’m actually tickled with the bath/shower room, which has been recently redone.  It’s chilly out and it’s not heated, there is a screen door only, so whatever temperature it is out is what temperature it is in.  Even that hasn’t been a problem.  And I am at the mercy of whatever is available as bathroom facilities go so this will be a big thing for me going forward.  And the fact that I don’t have a plan past the end of the month is a concern, but it’s not enough to keep me home looking for options either.  Not when I could be out looking at the scenery and taking pictures.  Except it’s pouring out and has been all night, so hooray for wifi. Here are the bathroom facilities, with a nearby playground and fenced pool beyond.  6_04_19amenities

Not too long ago I was on a trip to a covered bridge here in NH, and the GPS kept wanting me to take a right onto a tiny dirt road, which I (fortunately) was too chicken to actually do.  They were hunting trails from the 1800s and led nowhere, according to a local.  So as I drove here and was down to my last 20 miles or so I started to see similar looking dirt roads but with signs announcing campgrounds, and an arrow pointing down the road.  I began to panic and wondered what I’d do if I finally got here and that’s what the entrance looked like.  But I needn’t have worried.  This place was welcoming right from go.6_04_19pasturesentrance6_04_19redhouse6_04_19redhousegardenI love this little red house that is a rental that belongs to the campground owners also. My girlfriend has been on the look out for a nice little house and I think this one fits the bill, except it’s an hour from where she wants to be.  6_04_19canoes6_04_19redboat6_04_19bridge16_04_19bridge2There are a couple of docks on the grounds since we are right on the Connecticut river.  That’s Vermont on the far side.  If you cross the bridge you are in another state.  And back and forth multiple times a day.

My friend and I were finding pictures of pop up campers all redecorated, ‘glamped up’, so to speak.  I haven’t even gotten my awning up yet, and to be honest I’m glad about that because the wind has been kicking up every night, with and without rain.  I feel snug in this little space though, well snug with the new little electric heater.  We determined that the on board heater uses my propane so it was a good investment.  And I can use the propane while the coffee pot is on.  Charley would be proud.  I think camping suits me, even in the rain…

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View from Rt. 10…

With blue skies and puffy white clouds the day was calling me to get out there and take some pictures.  So I set out for Ocean State to pick up a few more, yes more, things I decided I needed for this adventure.  And, if I remembered correctly, when I went there with my cousin the other day I was literally drooling over all the scenery along the way.  You seem to be on top of the world, looking out and down at other mountain tops, or maybe hilltops.  And this is why it’s a must to either be on your own doing this, or with another photographer, because I lost count of how many stops I made. Well, you’ll see.

I hadn’t even made it out of town when I stopped for a couple of shots this church.6_03_19Rt10church2

I hadn’t gotten to my destination when I spotted a sign that said covered bridge, so I had to turn around and check it out.  I had all day after all.  Traffic isn’t allowed over this covered bridge anymore.  I think the GPS gets annoyed with me when I spot something that causes me to turn the car around and go the ‘wrong’ way…

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I’m getting a little fuzzy over exactly where I was or what order I took these pictures in, but it honestly doesn’t matter.  Every twist and turn of the road brings something you find as breathtaking as the last five stops you made.  No wonder they run together.6_03_19Rt10scenery6_03_19Rt10farm6_03_19Rt10bridge56_03_19Rt10choochoo6_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene36_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene4_16_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene

I couldn’t stop for the scene above so I took a left and pulled over and realized that I was back to another stop I’d made with my cousins.  He used to teach right in that area and the church I was looking at was too pretty not to take it’s picture.  And I was hearing church bells as I did.6_03_19Rt10Mike's school6_03_19Rt10Mike's schoolscene2

Tell me something, could you have resisted these cows?  Obviously I couldn’t.6_03_19Rt10cowsiesta16_03_19Rt10cowsiesta2

And a 1906 round red barn right across the street from a 1996 round red barn?6_03_19Rt10oldroundbarn6_03_19Rt10newroundbarnI can’t wait to get out again but it won’t be tonight.  There is a storm brewing out there.  It’s really cold when the wind whips, and then there are a few drops of rain.  I think I’m glad we haven’t gotten the awning out on the pop up yet.  But I did discover that it has little strip lights underneath it.  Soon…

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Gloomy and gray…

61798329_709626099501521_6486990579493240832_nSoon I will be all set up here at the campgrounds and I will be itching to get out and see the landscape and take some pictures. Actually my cousin and I took a drive to see some of what’s nearby, and it looks so inviting. Postcard worthy shots all around, if only the sun was out and the sky was blue. We did go shopping this morning and stopped to see a friend of hers, and the view from the friend’s house was fantastic.  Not sure now whether we were in VT or NH, we were going back and forth since this campground is right on the Connecticut River, and if we go over the bridge we leave one or the other state behind.

But for now the awning isn’t out and everything is stashed under the camper because there is nothing but rain in the forecast for the next few days. My cousin and his daughter set out hiking this afternoon and I thought they were nuts, but the rain held off so far. But I thought I heard something about large hail tonight. Now that ought to be interesting.IMG_9294