We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Camel's hump and Mansfield in Vermont. Bar Harbor general area.
It was almost like clock work that we'd be coming off a trail and the rangers would be heading up for someone that sprained an ankle. Just a part of Hiking in New England. I think mostly people don't realize how rocky and root covered the trails are. One of the Inn keepers in the Franconia area told us that folks use to the Rockies are the most at risk because they underestimate the difficulty of the trails.
When I lived in NH, my favorites were Mt Monadock and just across the river in VT, Mt Ascutney. It was best to avoid Monandock on a weekend. The view from Ascutney made the world look like a fairy tale.
I wrote about Appalachias/Rockies comparisons 4 years ago. My commenters were knowledgeable - one an AT through-hiker. http://assistantvillageidiot.blogspot.com/2012/05/comparining-mountains.html
I started taking my boys to Bridal Veil in Franconia when they were small. The oldest will start taking his daughters this year. There ar lots of moderate waterfall hikes in the Whites. I got a nephew started and he has done the 48, now halfway through the 48 in winter. I'm not doing any of that again. I'm not sure what my favorite is. But somehow I keep coming back to Cannon and to Lafayette across the way. Hard for me now that I'm fat.
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They have Lonesome Lake on the list - one of my favorite places. I also love hiking into the Zealand Falls Hut. True feeling of being in the wilderness.