Hello! Today I have the first of many posts of my week's vacation in New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York State. I know my blog is primarily visited by paper crafter's, so I will try to post paper crafting posts in between my travel posts for those not interested in vacation stories.
My daughter Ashley is an opera singer who participated in the young artists program 'Opera North' which is held in Lebanon, New Hampshire. We wanted to see her perform the role of Beth in 'Little Women' so we planned one of our vacations around her performance. If it wasn't for Ashley, we probably never would have been to New Hampshire in our lives, so we have a lot to thank her for because this was one beautiful state and we had a wonderful vacation!
New Hampshire is about a twenty four hour drive from our home in Wisconsin. We broke up the trip into three days by driving first to Chicago Friday night after work and spending the night there, then the next day driving about nine hours to Buffalo, New York and stopping overnight in that city, and finally on the third day, after another eight hour drive, arrived in New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. We drove through seven states total, before reaching our destination. It was quite the adventure.
After a brief dinner with our daughter who was in between rehearsals, we headed to our hotel room to unpack for the week, and relax from a long three days of travel.
Monday morning was a beautiful, sunny day. I woke up with the sunrise beaming through my window because we forgot to shut the drapes the night before, not realizing that it's light out at 5:00 a.m. in New Hampshire but dark out in Wisconsin at 5:00 a.m. because of the different time zone. So we woke up a little earlier than planned, had a delicious breakfast, and then loaded back up into our car for another two hour car drive to the The White Mountains. We didn't mind this drive too much, because these were the kind of views we saw:
The Mount Washington Auto Road and was really excited about driving up to the summit so that was the first thing we did when we entered the White Mountain National Forest. The Auto Road takes you up to the Summit of Mount Washington which is the highest peak in New Hampshire of 6288 feet. Below is a picture of a warning sign that greets you as you enter the gate to the road. Although I took this warning seriously, I wish I would have heeded it's advice and stayed at the base of the mountain looking up.
Slightly below the summit, Ashley and her husband Jason got out of the car to take pictures. The wind was so strong it was hard to even stand up. And it was so bitter, bitter cold, it made the views difficult to enjoy except from inside the car.