“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
So, after our visit to Maine (if you haven’t read about that, you can see that page by clicking here), my family and I drove to Vermont. Unfortunately, I did not get a lot of pictures in Vermont because I was a little distracted. We had come out to visit some really good friends of ours who were working at a camp in Vermont for the summer. So, while there, I didn’t really take pictures.
During our visit in Vermont, we went swimming in a gorge! I do have a couple pictures of that. It was really fun!
In Woodstock, New Hampshire there is a fantastic boardwalk at the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. The whole path is fairly long, but definitely worth the walk. There a small caves throughout that are marked for you to freely explore (if you can fit! Some of them are incredibly small spaces!), and lovely waterfalls and greenery to enjoy along the way.
This rock in particular stood out to us. If you look close enough, you can see the shape of the United States on the surface of the rock!
The next day, we decided to take a little bit of a respite from the constant traveling around. It was a rainy day, and there wasn’t a lot that we could have done in the rain. So, instead, we rented a few movies and pulled out the card games and just relaxed. It was a really nice day. I often get caught up in all the adventure and trying to see everything on a trip like this, and it was nice to just take a day to catch up on some sleep and simply enjoy each other’s company. If you’re like me and get caught up in all the sight-seeing on your trips, I would encourage you to take some time to enjoy the company of the people you’re with!
Towards the end of that day, the rain had calmed, and we decided to go to a little fair that we had heard about being held in town. There were games, dunk tanks, balloon hats and animals, and a fancy little photo booth. My favorite part, however, was watching the police dog exhibition. This police officer showed us how they train the dogs and some of the logistics of how it all works. It was really cool to see! They ended the night with a movie on a projector screen! The movie was Zootopia! It was really fun, and if you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it!
Our big adventure the next day was a train ride on the side of a mountain! It was absolutely spectacular, and we had an incredible view nearly the whole time.
The particular train ride we took was round-trip. Half way through, we stopped in a town and waited for the train to turn around. During this time, we decided to walk around and explore a little path we had found on the other side of the tracks.
The path lead to a beautiful waterfall area where we sat for a few minutes before boarding the train once more.
We had a small scare on the way back when the train stopped all of a sudden. Looking out the side of the train, we realized that there was another train heading straight for us. Both trains had to stop in order for one of them to switch tracks. For all I know, this was planned and everything was fine. But, certainly, the thought of going head to head with two large trains on the same track is a bit unsettling.
Later that day, we headed to Mount Washington. This was the thing my dad was most excited to see. Mount Washington is a very unique place best known for being the spot where the highest winds ever recorded by man were measured.
The buildings at the summit of Mount Washington are all made to last. They will not stay long if they are not made with some reinforcements against the wind. While the Tip Top house was made with heavy stones and set close to the ground for less surface area to be caught by the wind, this gift shop was held down by large chains swung overtop of the roof and drilled into the ground on either side.
During our visit to Mount Washington, we decided to eat lunch on the side of the rocky mount and enjoy the beautiful view into the hills below.
Mount Washington was our last big adventure during this trip. However, we did stop by a spot in a river on the way back and just enjoyed hopping around on the rocks, trying not to fall in. While we were here, I found the perfect little thinking spot! (No, I did not put this chair here. This was already like this. But, someone had the right idea!)
Overall, it was a wonderful trip! We all really enjoyed our time out in the east side of the country.
Thanks for reading!