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Published: September 21st 2010
Welcome to NH
Welcome to New Hampshire. We are here!
We arrived here on Friday after traveling a grueling 57 miles from St. Johnsbury, VT. I know, I know, we are turning into ODF's but the states are so small that if we travel too far we miss a state or two. We found a nice little park to stay and then went back into town to check things out. We found the Walmart and stocked up on groceries, ate some dinner and called it a day. On Saturday we took the advice of the camp owner and did a scenic loop which turned out to be really nice. The leaves are starting to turn but beyond that the scenery here is beautiful. We are in the Whiteface Mountains and we ran into some people while we were in Michigan who told us to make sure not to miss New Hampshire and these mountains because they are gorgeous and don't get a lot of press. They were right. The area is heavily wooded with many different varieties of trees which makes for a very pretty and different view in all directions. The fishing in this area is also very good as evidenced by all the fly fishermen that we saw on
Balsam Hotel NH
This is the Balsam Hotel from a distance. It is so beautiful.
Saturday on our drive. Don stopped and chatted with some of them and they were catching a lot of fish too. Our drive took us to the Balsam Hotel which is an old historic hotel. It is also where the first completed election is held each time. The townspeople meet at midnight and cast their ballots in the ballot room. They have been doing this for years and I guess there is a town that has tried to take this title away from them but they have it down to such a science that it takes them no time at all to get the ballots cast, counted and recorded. Unfortunately we were not able to visit this room because there was a wedding going on that day and they were having the reception in there. Oh well. It was a bit of trivia and one that we can say, "hey, we were there", when they have the next election and announce that the first results are in from New Hampshire.
If you continue 2 miles past the hotel you come to a golf course, and I can't remember the name of it, but it sits on the top of
Balsam Hotel Entrance
The entrance to the Balsam.
the hill and you can literally see forever. We were able to have lunch in the restaurant there and take some amazing pictures. The leaves are just starting to turn but you really can't tell from the pictures (darn!). We both just stood out on the deck and looked out over the horizon at the beauty of the area. It would have been a great place to golf. The food there was great and I took a picture of Don's Lobster grilled cheese sandwich. I had a Lobster roll. Yes people, we are in the New England states and there is Lobster everywhere and it is dirt cheap! It was delicious too. On the way home we passed by two covered bridges and some very tiny towns. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed experiencing what New Hampshire had to offer.
On Sunday we just hung out and watched football and Don went fly fishing in the river by the campground. Oh, but first Don took Karlie out for a morning walk and when they got back he told me that they saw a bear! Well yes we are staying in the woods but I didn't think there
This is one of the towers to the Balsam Hotel. It is made of stone.
would be any bears around. He said the bear turned and saw them but then it just turned and walked the other way. Karlie just thought it was another dog and wasn't even bothered. Geez, I sure am glad I wasn't there. Back to the fly fishing. He didn't get skunked. He caught one. We are leaving in the morning and heading to our final destination, MAINE! We will finally be there. Whoohoo! 😊K
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