08 February 2009

White Mountains

We just got back from an all too short getaway up in the White Mountains of NH. We left our motley crew in the trusted hands of our pet sitters, loaded up our skis, snow shoes, cross country gear, ice skates, and lots of warm clothes and headed to North Conway. We took the Kancamangus Highway hoping to see a Moose (like we did a few summers ago). No moose but it was beautiful. We stayed at the Eastern Slope Inn (formerly home to EMS) which is right downtown.

We had a great visit. Art's favorite may have been cross country skiing around Dolly Copp. His family used to camp, hike, and fish up there just about every summer. He had never been there in the winter though!?! We did camp in nearby Barnes field one September, but never in the snow.
He had a great time showing me all the spots they used to hang out in. The skies were clear and although it was cold we had a great time. We even brought some snowball (cupcakes) with us from our breakfast in Gorham. That was Art's birthday treat.

Our course, his favorite may have been going to Wildcat on his birthday. It had gotten down to seventeen below zero the night before, and we were only expecting to get up to about ten (down in Conway), but hubby would Never turn down a FREE ski ticket. So he froze his eyelashes and enjoyed spectacular views of Mount Washington as he skied.

Oh, then there is one of my favorites. We rode the Snow Coach up to about 4200 feet.
It was amazing. We even ran into the snowcat coming down from the observatory with the once a week shift change. It was still crystal clear and you had full view of the Presidential Mtns. Very cool.

I spent his b-day shopping at the outlets. They had a new Bean up there, but I think I am spoiled by the ones in Nashua and Manchester. They have all the best stuff without the vacation destination price tags.

Another favorite was ice skating. There is a great town rink right in front of the train station in the center of town. There were people there day and night. So many people teaching their under five kids how to skate all the way up to teenagers waving around hockey sticks, to adults skating every which way. I mostly tried to eavesdrop on an overly excited parent who was teaching his (guessing...) 3 year old how to skate, stop, turn, etc. It was my third and fourth time skating, and I think I might be getting the hang of it. My arms were nowhere near as tired as last year ;)
We ate well the whole week. We started with Martini's, Calamari, and a great dinner at the local steak house. We enjoyed Horsefeather's renowned curried crab asparagus soup. We ended with a good German dinner and beer. Now I think we are eating celery and carrot sticks until the end of time...

Art had a great birthday. He loved his tent. We set it up in the condo to test it out. All was well on the home front. Even Elliott was a good boy while we were gone. The babysitters love all the fresh eggs too! Life is Good :)


Renna said...

It's like you live in a whole different world than me. I love seeing your winter fun pics.

Uncivil said...

Holy smokes? I wish you could hear me trying to pronounce "Kancamangus"!!!
It doesn't come out purty???
I sure do enjoy seeing your wonderful vacation from the warmth of my computer desk!!!!
Great pictures!

nikkicrumpet said...

I've been up there...but only in the summer...and I'd never want to do it in the winter...it's sooooo cold! I'm glad you guys had a great time though!

Lisa said...

Wow what a trip. The pictures are beautiful!!

Becky said...

Beautiful pics! I am a creature of the heat and humidity, I have never ice skated or skied. Growing up in south carolina kind of prohibited that kind of activity. I want to do those things now that I am old enough to go on my own, it's just hard to find the time. I guess I'll make it one day when I really can't stand it any longer.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Love all the pictures, Shannon... I especially enjoyed seeing the "snow coach"- that was awesome!!
Looks like you had a great time- and sounds like you ate like a king!

A New England Life said...

I see my friend Nikkicrumpet has been here. She knows all the great New England blogs!

That whole area is so pretty this time of year. I too prefer the summertime but I recall going up one time with friends for the week-end and it snowed the whole time we were there. It was heavenly. Glad your hubby was able to ski! Brrr . . . and brrr to skating too. lol!

Did you make it to Zebs? No trip to North Conway would be complete without it!

C said...

Beautiful photos, Shannon!