Class fall colors on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Woodstock, VT
The view from our motel in Franconia, NH. The Cannon Mtn Ski area is visible. Weather looks like it will be good tomorrow for our climb of Mt. Lafayette.
This photo is specifically for our friends Sarah and Will. Sarah got us into grocery store dinners on our Alsek trip in June, and Will is always taking photos of the meals he eats. And NO, we did not eat the entire roasted chicken on this evening.
Our goat is the summit of Mt. Lafayette, at 5260 feet elevation, this will require ca. 3600 feet of climbing in a bit over 4 miles. You can do the math. Here, Roger is looking at maps like he always does.
Interesting tree roots. Obviously, this had a nurse tree which has rotted away.
The trail gets rocky, and would stay that way. This is the easier, lower elevation part.
Susie contemplating how to step.
Lots of slabs of rock, but always steep. Such is about the only way you can climb at 900 feet per mile: steeply.
The ridge we are climbing is to Susie's left. The summit of Lafayette is just slightly to the right of the upper center of the photo. A bit of fall color
One of the many "fun spots" steep slabs of sharp rock.
Glad we packed our trekking poles.
Finally, we get to the hut. But if you look carefully, we will have to lose some elevation just beyond it before we make make the final 1000+ foot climb to the summit.
They have added lots of big cairns to follow in poor visibility.
Susie plugging away.
You think you are almost to the top, but then, you crest a small rise, and realize: Nope - still a few hundred feet to go.
Finally, the summit. This is looking south along Franconia Ridge. Note both the AT white blaze and the fact that Susie is wearing the hood of her nylon windbreaker over top of her fleece hat, and she has been climbing uphill. That should say SOMETHING about the wind.
There were quite a few folks up here, for a Monday in October. I guess on the weekends, it is mobbed.
And to think our friend Barbara passed thru here two years ago, on her way to becoming the oldest female to thru-hike the AT.
OK, you gotta take a "We were here" photo.
Susie is beginning the descent, and pointing to something, probably she can see our motel way down in the valley.
Roger, with several backpackers in front of him. Note the hut below.
Don't you just love all the rocks
Taking a break out of the wind in the hut.
The view from the hut. The lake below, and the summit of Mt Lafayette above.
In many ways, going down was tougher than climbing up.
But finally, our sore bodies reached the bottom.
We suspected the weather would be deteriorating, and boy, did it ever. We planned a short hike off the Kancamagus Hwy, but first, we visited a couple of scenic areas.
This place is called The Basin. Have not seen granite worn by water like this.
The Basin itself. Very interesting formation.
These signs are all over. But we never did see a moose on this trip.