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and mud in New Hampshire, USA
may not find this tangibly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
wedding picnic now a matter of history,
we're celebrating the Fourth of July (USA national day) with a hike up Mt Cube
near Orfordville, New Hampshire.
finally found the trailhead in the nearly trackless forest, we've been slogging
up for over an hour in beastly, insect-ridden heat and vast sinks of mud and foetid
water. Like so many New England mountain hikes, only the granite summit of Mt
Cube peeks out of the nasty trees, and we're glad finally to be there. The breeze
helps to keep the bugs off.
coming up to the "South Summit" of Mt Cube, having left from some little
country road and bug-swarmed mud-hole at about 340m (1130 ft).
last stretch of the path follows along a gently rising rocky ridge.
is going to level out pretty soon.
whole world seems kinder when the path levels out near the top. And finally rid
of the pestilential bugs.
of New Hampshire and/or Vermont in the distance (depending upon which way we're
facing now), some ways south of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Presidential
the summit. The famous Appalachian Trail (Maine-to-Georgia) runs over this little
mountain. 2909 feet is about 887m (coincidentally, that's the altitude where the
treeline BEGINS above the fields in my village in Switzerland).
what I've just found in my pack. Bug spray!"
time for a little snooze
Luxuriating in the cool breeze. Right: Already worrying about the downhill.
to move on
a hike rating, this was a very nice summit part. The wallow through the buggy
woods just makes one yearn for the Alps.
and Kristin back in the Norwich Inn, for a Last Supper.
doing her moose impersonations again
to the Norwich Inn, we're off to Boston. Then Alison's bound towards Hawaii, Kristin
and Dwight to Switzerland. Good luck, Marlowe and Dima!
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 19 August 2006, revised 8 February