Monday, September 29, 2008

Fall Foliage Picture

This is a picture I took on the Nowhere and Everywhere Trip on Wednesday September 24, 2008. I could not believe how mirror like the water was here. This picture was taken at the Pontook Reservoir on Route 16 in Dummer, New Hampshire.

As you can see the Fall Foliage is coming along quite well. I think it pretty much speaks for itself.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mother Nature's idea of fun???

I was checking the long term forecast and found this interesting bit:

Thursday, Oct 2
More Details
Rain, some ice early; cooler
Low: 26 °F
High: 51 °F

It just seems a bit too early for that. I hope that the forecast is wrong.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fall Foliage Report Sept 23, 2008

White Mountains Region Foliage Report

Vibrant reds and oranges are coming to life in the White Mountains region, with well established color showing up everywhere. Points north of Franconia Notch are showing advanced displays of color, including some cranberry reds and peachy oranges. These colors, along with some dabs of lemon yellow, are looking spectacular against the remaining summer greens. Route 302 through Crawford Notch will only become more scenic as the fall colors reach their peak, and Route 49, which runs alongside the mountain-fed Mad River, continues to be a fabulous scenic drive. Other scenic drives include Route 118 through North Woodstock and Warren; and as always, the Kancamagus Highway along Route 112.

Great North Woods Region Foliage Report

The fall color in the Great North Woods region is developing more with each passing day. Lots of reds are showing throughout the area, and the trees on Route 16 alongside the Androscoggin River are turning nicely. This road is a beautiful drive, and the river is excellent for fishing and wildlife watching. Heading north on Route 16 takes you to the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, said to be the home of the only pair of nesting bald eagles in the state. The interior of the refuge is accessible only by water, and there is a boat access site nearby on Route 16. On the west side of the region, Pittsburg is about 50% changed, especially across the mountains which surround the lakes. Route 3 north to the Canadian border and back by the Hollow Road, with a side tour to Beech Road on Back Lake, is a suggested scenic drive. A Historical Tour brochure for the area can be picked up at the Colebrook Welcome Center on Route 3.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Watch for Moose!!!

New Hampshire drivers beware! Moose are on the move, and many of them are moving across roads.
Breeding seasons runs from mid-September through mid-October, so bulls and cows are moving around, looking for mates.
The Fish and Game Department said drivers all over the state should be on alert.

Wildlife biologist Kristine Rines said drivers should drive no faster than 55 mph, wear a seat belt, scan the sides of the road and slow down or stop if they see a moose.
She said moose collisions can happen at any time of day, but most happen at dusk and during the night.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fall Tours & Trips

I can hardly believe that it is already mid-September. This is my favorite time of year, so I hate to see it go by so quickly. It has been awhile since I gave an update of what we are doing for our Fall Trips & Tours.

Mondays: 9:00AM Day Break Update: Join me and the Recreation Staff for a fun and informational gathering which is guaranteed to help spruce up you vacation. This is also a great way to find other resort guests who may have similar interests and ideas on where to go during the week. 11:00AM Walk to Loon Mountain with Gondola Ride ($12/Adult if you go up the Gondola) Come for an invigorating walk along the East Branch Pemigewasset River on the Paved Bike Path. 2:00PM Cog Railway Trip and Moose Tour. Join me as we head to the Mount Washington Cog Railway. We will be taking the 4:00pm train to the summit of Mount Washington. As we head back down the mountain we will be facing west and will get to see a White Mountain Sunset. When we get back to the bottom of the mountain we will head to a local restaurant where we will have dinner which will consist of Pizza, Subs, and Soda. Last but not least, we will head out on the Moose Bus for a 3 hour Moose Tour in the White Mountains. We will return to the Resorts at approximately 10-10:30 PM. Cost for this trip is $85 per person. If you only wish to take the Cog Railway, you can caravan behind us for $42 per person. We did this trip for the first time this past Monday and had a great time. Trip occurs Rain or Shine. Be sure to bring your camera!!!

Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday: 10:00 AM Awesome Autumn Tour. Climb aboard our super cool bus as we head up to Windy Ridge Orchard. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch from the Cider House Cafe, 1/4 peck of apples that you will pick, stops at 2 covered bridges, a visit to the oldest General Store in the country, and transportation. This trip will last 4-5 hours.

Tuesdays: 11:00 AM Tour of Littleton Want to seethe world's longest candy counter? Join us for an afternoon trip up North to visit the Littleton Grist Mill, Chutters Candy Store and other various stores. Pack your own lunch and you can have lunch by the covered footbridge. Cost is $5 per person.

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM Everywhere & Nowhere Tour. Climb aboard with your fellow guests as you head out on an adventure packed day of twists and turns that lead you everywhere and nowhere. I never know where we will go, but you will have fun, see spectacular Fall Foliage and maybe some wildlife as well. Cost is $15 per person. 6:30 PM. Join Pemi Valley Excursions as they take you out on a 3 hour Moose Tour. So far this year they have a 98% success rate of spotting Moose. The ride includes Moosic, strobe lights, bubbles, video, and tour guide. Cost is $22 per person.

Fridays: 9:00 AM Ultimate Franconia Notch Trip. We will visit the Flume Gorge and Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram inside the picturesque Franconia Notch State Park. There is a fair amount of hiking on a pathway way in the Flume Gorge. At Aerial Tram you will purchase lunch at the summit of Cannon Mountain and have the option of going out to explore the 20 minute Rim Path. Take the path to the Observation Tower where you will climb the stairs to the platform to take in the 360 degree view. You can see into Vermont, Maine, Eastern New York and Southern Quebec. (Cost is $20 per person. Lunch can be brought by you in a cooler or you can purchase it at the Tram.) The picture at the top of the Blog was taken from the Rim Path.

You can contact me to sign up for any of the trips.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Here Comes Fall

Yesterday brought us a nice cold morning. This means that the leaves should start to turn mor ethan they have been. There have been some magnificant splasehes of color though out the area. I have seen mostly reds or maroon leaves. I think the yellows and oranges will start to come out now.
Once I get Fall Foliage reports I will post them in here. In the mean time enjoy some pictures I took this week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Traffic Warning for Sunday Sept 14, 2008

The NASCAR Race in Loudon, NH will take place this Sunday. The state of NH does a fantastic job of moving the traffic, but be prepared for delays if you are coming up in the late morning. I-93 will have express lanes for traffic that is heading North of Concord. Watch the signs.

Traffic eases from about 1PM until the end of the race(around 4-5PM)

At the end of the race the traffic becomes heavy in the Southbound direction. This mean that those heading North on I-93 will only have 1 lane of traffic.

The typical delays have been under 30 minutes from past experience. Just pay attention to the signs posted along the highway.

Once you get past Concord, traffic will be much lighter all the way to Lincoln.