|Bartlett Inn Weekend - November 8-10
Activity by Ken L.
Photos by Ken L., Ern G.
Presidential Range from Mt. Kearsage
For several years now we've been heading to the
Bartlett Inn during the
post-foliage pre-ski season. This year, though, we pretty much
filled the place! And as a special treat...Ern G. put
together a wonderful surf-n-turf meal on Saturday evening that was
<- Motivator/Welcoming Committee Kathy K.,
Joe, Lara, and Jack
Janet, Jan, and Pam, with Michelle hiding from
During the day on Saturday the group split up to do two different hikes.
Trip report by Jan G.
Pam, Shadow, Michele, Lara, Joe, Jack, and Jan headed to Arethusa
Falls (highest waterfall in NH) for a short but beautiful hike. It
was snowy and icy enough that crampons would have made the trip
easier. (The one person who had the foresight to bring them lacked
the willpower to put them on until she had fallen down a couple of
times near the top.) The falls were a breathtaking mixture of
running water and ice formations-- a sight not to be missed! As an
extra treat, several of our party saw the hind end of a bear
waddling away as fast as can be.
Joe and Lara took the long way back over
Frankenstein Cliffs. The rest of us chose to return the way we
On the way down, our canine companion,
in his eagerness, nudged one of our hikers right off the narrow
path into the ravine! Thank God, the hiker was caught in a hammock
of roots on the way down, so the only things broken were our
stride and composure for a few moments. Crampon (Spider) Woman
could dig in, hold out her pole, and safely pull up our intrepid
hiker out of his/her Bark-alounger. Arf arf!!
To take my tongue out of my cheek for
a moment, the outcome could have been painfully different. Some
"bylaws" reinforced here were: Don't hike alone, but if you must,
do carry a whistle. When there is snow and ice, bring crampons (or
snowshoes) and poles.
Trip report by Your Webmaster
||<- Rachel, Kathy, and Your
Webmaster decided to hit Mt. Kearsage for the day. It's off
Hurricane Mountain Road just outside of North Conway. The
temperatures were good, and there was sun and clouds. On the
way up the snow got a bit deeper, giving us about 5" of trail
cover in spots, making for a little bit of slippery going,
especially where there was a bit of ice underneath. I used
my poles to help, but crampons would not have been out of the
question, yet we did just fine without them.
Mt. Kearsage is best known for the fire tower
which has graced the summit in one version or another for the better
part of a century. I first hiked to the fire tower some 26 or 27
years ago, just a few years after it was taken out of service, so
there were some things left behind by the former inhabitants.
The fire tower has since been cleaned and fixed up, and it looks like
it just got a fresh coat of paint. It is in excellent condition,
and it's a fabulous place for lunch!
KK made a new friend, Rangeley
, which we
agreed is the coolest name for a dog ever.
Kathy and Rachel in the fire tower
To make things comfortable in the old tower, someone
brought up some plastic lawn chairs, so between a good place to sit
and the warmth of the sun streaming through the windows, we really
didn't want to depart all that quickly. Someone else had
fastened some I-hooks to opposite walls in the tower. If I had
found a hammock there, I would never have come back down!
Your Webmaster obscuring the Presidentials
But we knew it'd be dark early on in the day and
didn't want to have to break out the flashlights, so we reluctantly
A sunset greeted us on the way down.
Jack and Janet catch up
Owner Mark Dindorf
Rock on, Joe!
And then it was time for dinner...
Ern G. went all out
for dinner on Saturday night, including filet mignon, lobster, and
dessert with hand-cranked ice cream. A special thanks goes to
the Bartlett Inn crew allowing us use of their kitchen! Of
course several off the Inn staff joined us for dinner as well.
Gizmo's Mom Alison and Alana have a go at making the
Joe helped, too, as did Kathy.
Meanwhile Ern & Co. were busy in the kitchen...
...while the hungry folks waited in the dining room
Lara shows off dinner - surf'n'turf, done up just right, including a flower
decorating each plate!
|Your Webmaster got a
Ralphie the Lobstah!
Hey, wait a second! There's no meat in this thing! I
know---a little nutrition is what he needs! :-)
||Salad bar, too. Not everything
was the stuff Your Webmaster's doctor doesn't want Your Webmaster to go
near anymore. :-)
And then for dessert it was strawberry shortcake with the
hand-cranked ice cream that a bunch of GONewEnglanders worked on all
After dinner was over, it was time to relax...
Off to the big room with the wood stove to laze out.
The mulled cider prepared by the folks at the inn was a huge hit (all
Pam and Michelle
Rachel and Kathy
After waking up after our wild party Saturday night (uhhh,
OK, a bunch of us rough-housed with Alana or just hung around and chatted),
we were ready for some Sunday breakfast. Again the innfolk offered
their excellent "usual stuff" plus an excellent Mexican-style breakfast.
||Things are busy at the Inn on Sunday
Not only does Michelle take
...she helps Heidi out in the
Michelle back for more orders (Where's my
decaf!!?!?! :-) ),
and Kathy waits (and waits and waits)
while Michelle and Your Webmaster are wantin' to chow big time!
Alana's mommy wants her to grow up and be the next
But---sadly---the Inn portion weekend drew to a close, and
we all headed in different directions for the day on Sunday. Ern & Co.
wandered back to Maine, and a bunch of people visited Mt. Willard.
Pam, Shadow, and Your Webmaster decided a flat hike was in order, so we went
off to Lincoln Woods.
|Lincoln Woods - November 10
Pam F., Shadow,
and Your Webmaster took a jaunt on Sunday to Lincoln Woods, which is
off the Kancamagus Highway just east of Loon Mountain.
<- Pam and
River View ->
The Lincoln Woods trail is an old railroad bed about 3 miles each
way, and it leads to a natural waterslide as well as a deep pool that
you can jump into from a ledge high up.
We didn't partake in the swimming activity, however, although I
believe Shadow was thinking about it!
While out on our walk we encountered a strange weather phenomenon.
The temperature would go from chilly to quite warm and humid, as if
the cold and warm air were fighting it out. At one point my
glasses got steamed up!
After our walk we hit the brew pub over in Woodstock, then it was
time to head home.
Just writing this report it makes me want to head back to The Bartlett Inn
for a repeat. After this weekend, I don't think you'd have to twist my
arm all that much.
Our sincerest thanks to the staff of The Bartlett Inn for the great
weekend and for the generous use of their facilities to help make
Saturday evening's dinner really special!