Hiking the Pemigewasset Loop

Whoa!

Last week Sean and I experienced some of the most physical and mentally challenging 3 days of our life. We hiked the Pemi Loop trail for the first time. We hiked 32 miles over the course of three days over very difficult terrain. We summited 9 of the 4,000 footers in New Hampshire. It was such an incredible and rewarding experience to see what you can push yourself to do. The feeling that came over me through out the trip was truly incredible. During this trip, Sean and I really helped each other make it through. At least, I know that if it wasn’t for Sean I wouldn’t have been able to finish. We were at a point on the trail where we had climb up an almost straight up rock wall with small ledges to step up onto (it also had a small stream coming down it) and I started to get really nervous as I was heading up. Sean knew I was starting to struggle and snapped me out of the start of a mini panic attack which I wouldn’t have done without him. He was my rock/ is my rock in life and I feel so lucky to have that.

The beginning and end of the trail

The beginning and end of the trail!

Sean on Bond Cliff

Sean on Bond Cliff

Being above tree line in the clouds was such an eerie but cool feeling. You felt like you were in a movie or something.

Being above tree line in the clouds was such an eerie but cool feeling. You felt like you were in a movie or something.

Sean and I on top of one of the Bonds

Sean and I on top of one of the Bonds

Our tent set up at Gouyot shelter/ tent sites.

Our tent set up at Gouyot shelter/ tent sites.

The view from the top of Garfield and a view of the mountains we had left to climb that day.

The view from the top of Garfield and a view of the mountains we had left to climb that day.

The view from the Franconia Ridge at night becuase we underestimated the amount of time it would take us on the second day of hiking.

The view from the Franconia Ridge at night because we underestimated the amount of time it would take us on the second day of hiking.

On top of our last 4,000 footer of the hike and only 4 miles left to go!

On top of our last 4,000 footer of the hike and only 4 miles left to go!

Our three day itinerary:

Day One: Lincoln Woods parking lot to Gouyot Shelter

Day Two: Gouyot to Liberty Springs Tent Site

Day Three: Liberty Springs to Lincoln Woods parking lot

This trip was definitely one of the best adventures I have had in my life. It was so much fun and truly amazing to realize what I am capable of pushing myself to do. I can’t wait for the next one!

Have a great rest of the week

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Exploring the White Mountains

Hey!

There is nothing better than getting a nice hike in before 12 in the afternoon. Last week Sean and I did a little bit of hiking to help prepare us to hike Mt. Lafayette in the White Mountains. We are planning on hiking it next week. It will be exciting because it will be my first time hiking such a large mountain. The mountain has a nine mile loop trail that we will be doing but the mountain itself has several options depending on how you want to tackle it. The summit is 5,249 ft above sea level. Mt Lafayette is one of the more popular mountains to hike in New Hampshire.

So in preparation we did a couple shorter hikes to get us in the swing of things. Well mostly for me because I am not the most graceful when it comes to even walking so I need all the practice I can get. The first hike we did was Zealand Falls. This was a beautiful hike that was almost 6 miles round trip but it was a very steady incline so it was pretty easy. The trail was beautiful with a lot of variety. We walked along a river, through a bridged pond with bull frogs greeting you with their croaking, and up through the woods to the falls, and then it opens up at the top of the falls to see the surrounding mountains.

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Zealand Falls. This is before you get to the top but this is the main waterfall

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I love these flowers called Pink lady slipper

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A view from one of the wooden bridges that are built above this pond/wet land area

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A beautiful butterfly that let me get up close and personal to take a picture

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The view from the top of the falls

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More of the falls behind us. It was such a beautiful hike.

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View from the bench at the hut/top of the falls. Ps. They sell the most amazing chocolate chip cookies. We got one freshly baked out of the oven still warm and melty.

Our next hike later that week was Indian Head/ Mount Pemigewasset. This hike was a nice change from Zealand because it was steeper but shorter so it averaged out to about the same amount of time to do the hike. My grace managed to drop me in one of the small streams you have to cross along the path but luckily I dried off pretty quickly. The hike up was worth the view from the top. I love the reward of hiking and the magnificent views you get to experience. Even if you’re all clouded in at the top it’s still awesome because it’s the journey that matters the most.

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You can see the town of Lincoln/Woodstock down below

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Another view from the ledge. Nature is so cool, I love how there are little trees growing out of solid rock. So neat.

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Another beautiful view from the ledge.

Well now I’m off to relax. Enjoy th rest of your week!