“Life is what happens to us while we’re making other plans.”

Just a brief blog post this week…We would normally have been celebrating Independence Day recently, but a serious family situation has resulted in Gryphon and my being in NH 4-5 days per week. As a result, our activities have been more of the quick get-away type…but we have kept busy, which helps keep me sane during these trying times.

While in New London,NH, Gryphon and I finished the last of the trails on the trails checklist…Gryphon was very well behaved on a bog trail (he is excellent at staying ON the puncheons), and though many of the trails were very muddy and buggy, we did find a few gems, and have competed the checklist. I submitted both our names with the check-off sheet, so theoretically, in October we will each receive a trail hiker patch.

hikingpatchThis area has some nice trails, exploring ponds, marshes, bogs, and woods…the trails were not as saturated as those in Vermont, but certainly had their muddy spots!

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MUD!

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Reflection of a bird, seen on the pond surface….

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On a Quaking Bog….

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Gryphon sees a rock, jumps up on rock automatically…he knows it is time for a photo!

We were able to get out for one quick overnight trip, at Green River Reservoir, trying a site which was new to us…tucked at the far end of an inlet, near no other sites; it was certainly a peaceful and quiet location, high above the water. Due to the ongoing crisis, I had to postpone my plans for solo canoe camping with Gryphon….hopefully, we’ll get to that later in the season.

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Heading out in the morning, mist on the water….

Our day paddle trips have been very successful, trying a few new locations, and some of our old favorites. We now have succeeded in constructing a two-boat rack, so we can bring both the kayak and the solo canoe on one car. This will greatly increase our flexibility in choosing paddle spots.

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And so, in keeping with my goal of making this a ”quick update” blog post, here is a brief summary of our day trips, as well as some solo canoe adventures I have had in NH…..

Belvidere Pond…first time paddling here, and we will definitely return. Loons, baby herons in a nest, large herons,and many other birds and wildlife (though the moose remained hidden this trip)

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An evening on Wolcott Pond….. a quiet evening paddle, in the kayak and solo canoe….

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Big Hosmer Pond We have paddled here before, and skijored here in the winter…the lake was the calmest we had ever seen it….

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McDaniel’s Marsh  A new experience in paddling….a large marsh, shallow water, lots of aquatic foliage, but a spectacular setting, on a spectacular day!

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Blush Hill Access to Waterbury Reservoir  We got there early, before any power boats hit the water…made for a lovely, foggy morning paddle!

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Solo Paddling on Little Lake Sunapee, NH… Two days in a row, on the water before 6am! Beautiful!

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More paddling, camping, and hiking will be happening this summer….right now, focus is on family, and maintaining peace and calm in very trying times…..keep safe everyone!

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5 thoughts on ““Life is what happens to us while we’re making other plans.”

  1. Loved seeing Gryphon posing on the rock. What a smartie.

    When I try posing Honey I get a “really? are you kidding me?” look from her.

    Hope your family situation resolves itself soon.

  2. I always know there will be wonderful images when I come to your website and you never disappoint! I hope things return to normal for you soon.

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