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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Leaf Peepers in the White Mountains, NH

Mt. Lafayette on left

Sugar Maple leaf

Indian Head
Across a pond

Mt. Washington and cog railway trains

Yesterday we went "leaf peeping" in the White Mountains of our state, New Hampshire. Tourists flock to this area at this time of year and are dubbed "leaf peepers". The weatherman here gives not only the weather report, but the foliage report as well. The report was for peak foliage color hitting northern NH this weekend, so we drove north up route 93 and had stunning views of the mountains clothed in brilliant oranges and reds. We saw Mt.Lafayette, "Indian Head" mountain and more. Then we turned onto route 302 and headed east towards Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern U.S., at 6,288 ft. above sea level. We were surprised when saw it because we realized the white area on top was snow! One can drive up Mt. Washington (we knew it would be too crowded that day for us to attempt it) and there are even little cog railway trains that go up the mountain, shown in photo above.
We had a wonderful day and it made us appreciate the beauty and grandeur of these mountains in our home state!

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