North Woods Roadtrip

This Summer seemed to go by faster than others. Hannah and I only had the chance to take one camping trip to the northeast kingdom in June for a couple days. This trip was just what we needed to get a final taste of summer camping in some of our favorite places, as well as some new ones that we added to our list.

We started our trip at Brighton state park in Island pond, VT. The canoeing and wildlife viewing opportunities are endless around that part of Vermont. There are two nice beaches around the campground to relax and swim at so if bushwhacking and getting eaten by mosquito’s isn’t your thing you can chill and have a few beers at the beach. We paid a visit to our favorite bog, went for a swim, and woke up in the morning to see the mist burn off Spectacle pond. Next we headed to Maidstone state park. We secured a lean-to on the lake for two days. On the first day we went to the beach and canoed on the lake for sunset. On the second it was the day of the eclipse. We hiked up Monadnock mountain to a fire-tower for a good view. Later we hiked around part of Maidstone lake in a lush forest of evergreens and wild blueberry bushes.

After the two days at Maidstone we didn’t have a plan for our next stop. I looked at the gazetteer and we decided to check out the Connecticut lakes region in northeastern New Hampshire. It took us about an hour and a half to drive up to Big Deer state park a few miles from Canada. The forests up there were even more coniferous than the northeast kingdom of Vermont. It felt wild and untamed; there was only one other person staying at the campground. There were mountains, lakes, and rivers everywhere.  The canoeing spots up there were some of the best I have ever seen. We stayed there for a night and on our morning canoe we observed a moose feeding in a bog for about 45 minutes before he disappeared into a thick forested landscape.

Overall we had a good trip. It was a working a vacation for me, but it felt like I also had time to relax. I think we both came back home to Waterbury Center feeling inspired and excited that we found so many cool new places.

 

 






Yosemite, July 2017 - Part 2

Camping on top of the valley .

Half Dome from the north looking south.

Tenaya lake and surrounding mtns.

This bear was the only bear that payed any attention to me.

Hannah sitting after we ate lunch at this spot on our hike down the Tuolumne  river.

The Tuolumne river was raging due to high snow pack this year.

Tuolumne falls

A calm section in the meadows

A deer, mountains, and the moon.

Late day light

The start of golden hour on the Tuolumne  meadows.

Half Dome from the valley floor

A bear munches on grasses in a field of wild flowers in the southern region of the park.

Hannah sitting on a rock along the panorama trail.

An almost full moon.

Half dome and last light.

An old barn in the Stanislaus national forrest.

The gateway to Hetch Hetchy.

The Hetch Hetchy damn.

The tunnel at Hetch Hetchy

The Hetch Hetchy reservoir supplies the greater San Francisco area with water.


Yosemite, July 2017 - Part 1

First view of Half Dome

Our Campsite

Morning in the Valley

Upper Yosemite Falls

The range of light

Frozen May Lake under Mt. Hoffmann

Climbers

Faeth and Devin under El Capitan

Christian in the Tuolumne grove of giant sequoias

Looking out over the little Yosemite Valley and Half Dome

Little fawn

View from Glacier Point

Hannah & Faeth at Glacier Point

El Captitan under the stars

Indian rock with Half Dome in the distance

The ridge down to North Dome

Hannah & I enjoying the front row view of the Half Dome

Exploring is easy in open terrain

An evening swim after an exhausting 10 mile hike





A Short Trip Northeast

We hiked to this pond with a short paddle so we could pirate a boat that sits on the shore.

A northern Harrier hawk perched on a branch along the banks of the pond.

After hiking to the first pond we headed over to lake Willoughby and the clouds started to move in.

We canoed at Willoughby until it got dark.

We ended the night next to a fire at nice wooded campsite near by.

Here’s a few photos I took yesterday on the first camping mission of the year. We headed up north and drove across the top of Vermont, then drove down the middle. The weather wasn’t the best and we navigated some seriously rough waters on the second morning with all our camping gear in the canoe. But overall, it was a good time as always.












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