It was a lovely “explore”. Warning: Long post with lots of photos.

For a few weeks we have been trying to get away for the day. Rain, John working 2 jobs (and preaching keeps us from getting away on the weekend) hadn’t made a getaway possible. I took today off and we left at 7 AM for Lake Willoughby, VT. Why Lake Willoughby? 2 years ago I bought a book called Scenic Backroads of New England. In it was a gorgeous picture of fjords and this lake in Vermont. Long before seeing the gorgeous fjords in Alaska I wanted to go see this place.  We head across the Kancamagus Highway to Lincoln, NH where we had an amazing breakfast at Flapjack’s. We’ll definitely go back there; John had strawberry/raspberry flapjacks and I had the “hungry cub” which had a delicious flapjack with maple cream and maple syrup, an egg, bacon and homefries.  The menu also offered things like “fluffernutter” and “Reese’s peanut butter” flapjacks.

From Lincoln we head north to Vermont.  Our first destination was Burke Mountain.  The drive was beautiful and we climbed to 3,267 feet at the top. The problem was we literally had our heads in the clouds. We couldn’t see anything.  We had Pippin with us, so we walked him a bit (even though it was 40 degrees!) Maybe someday we’ll go back and it will be clear. We stopped at Bailey & Burke’s Country Store and got some coffee and maple pecan biscotti and also checked out things at the Northeast Kingdom Trails office (mainly for biking). From Burke we headed to Crystal Lake; the scenery was lovely. It reminded us of the drive from Mapleton to Portage Lake. It was beautiful.  We discovered that the maps we had of the area were fine, but Vermont has a LARGE shortage of road signs…we missed several turns and one of them led us to Derby Center and also Seymour Lake where we had to turn around and head to Lake Willoughby I took pictures at the north and south end of the lake. The south end is the view I saw in the photo.  It was windy and cold!! Then we went to Island Pond and Brighton State Park – there was not a lot there.

We then headed southeast back into NH and meandered through various routes until we came to Lancaster. Once on Route 302 we found a trailhead and took a short 1 mile hike to a waterfalls. Pippin loves hiking. John went back to the car for something and Pippin and I forged on. When we got to the falls I went down closer. Pippin found a stinky mudhole. I took him down closer to the water to get some of the mud off; the problem was he slipped on the wet rocks. He had planned to go in; however, the next thing I knew he was completely under water at the base of the waterfall!!! He came up, turned around and looked at me like “what just happened?” He tried to climb out of the cold water, but the first rock was 18″ up – he got his front paws on, but couldn’t get his back legs. I was able to carefully (I didn’t want to fall in too) move him to another spot where he could climb out.  Poor baby – he just kept leaning into and rubbing up against me when he got out. We continued to wander on the rocks, but he didn’t get too close to the water anymore. Back in the car Pip slept and we headed to Conway where we enjoyed supper at Moat Mountain. We made a few stops in shops and were back home by 8 PM.  It was a great day – we just enjoyed being together.  John is already asleep (on the couch – surprise, surprise). Here are some pictures of our wonderful day!

Near Canon Mountain, NH

Through the cloudy drive.

Taken through the windshield…

Crystal Lake

Seymour Lake – this is one of my favorite photos.

North end of Lake Willoughby

South end of Lake Willoughby

Waterfall near Lancaster, NH. We were on the rocks on the left when Pippin fell in.

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One thought on “It was a lovely “explore”. Warning: Long post with lots of photos.

  1. Lindsey says:

    That view at Seymour is awesome.

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