Fall New England Trip ~ The Finale

Fall New England Trip ~ The Finale

Well, we have finally made it to the finale of our Fall New England Trip. And it is well worth the wait!

If you missed Part 1 HERE, you missed the flight and a day in Portland Maine.

If you missed Part 2 HERE, you missed lots of beautiful fall color, a museum in Vermont, and a Facebook Friend meetup!

If you missed Part 3 HERE, you missed lobstering and the Flume Gorge hike.

 

Friday

It dawned as our coldest day yet and we had an even colder day planned! But first, BREAKFAST! haha

As usual, our mastermind, Ed, had chosen another really cool restaurant, Munroe’s Family Restaurant, in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire.

Breakfast, Twin Mountain New Hampshire, Munroe's Family Restaurant

I had to take an interior picture to share with my Mama. She adores the country look and plaid curtains, and red…

Breakfast, Twin Mountain New Hampshire, Munroes Family restaurant

 

Our plan for the day was to ride the Cog Railway up to the top of Mount Washington which is the highest point in the Northeast.
Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire

It was our coldest day yet, and going up to over 6000 feet we knew it would be windy and even colder, so we bundled up.

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

The train ride itself was interesting. Mr. March’s idea began in 1852 and in 1869, the first cog-driven train climbed to the summit of Mount Washington. The original engine was steam driven and there is still one that makes the climb, but the rest of the engines are new efficient biodiesel locomotives which are more environmentally friendly.

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

There were 4 trains running the day we were there and this is the engine and car that we rode.

 

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

We managed to be the last people on the train so we got the back seat. Here you can see why Mr. Menace got his name.

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

This is the view from our back seat, out the front door, of the track in front of us. I think it shows exactly how steep this climb was going to be!

 

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

And this photo gives a pretty good view of the angle we are traveling. This is looking behind us.

 

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

Mr. Menace captured this gorgeous photo of our train.

 

There was a brakeman on board, who entertained us with facts, history, and stories. When we approached the very steepest section of the journey, we were told to stand and take pictures.

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

Although it appears that Mr. Menace is leaning, he is actually standing straight up and the train car is on the incline.

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

Look Ma! No hands!


New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington

I know that the horizon in my picture is suppose to be level, but when traveling on a incline, the horizon ISN’T level! You can see that as we neared the summit, the only growth on the mountains was the lichen on the rocks.

When we arrived at the top we toured the museum, the Tip Top House, and ventured out onto the Observatory Deck. It was a fantastically beautiful day and our plan was to take a selfie. These next three pictures tell the story…

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

Smiling big for our selfie! Oops…. blurry… lets take another…

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

Ok, but hurry I can’t see! That wind and sun is blinding me, but I’m still smiling…

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

Nope. Can’t do it any more. Can’t open my eyes, can’t smile. Gotta get OUT of this wind! hahaha

The wind was indescribably blustery! But again, these pictures tell the story…

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck, Highest point in the north east

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

The raised building that you see behind us is the Observatory.

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

The wild wind even affected our ability to take selfies!

Weather stats:

Visibility 110 miles

Winds 39 mph

Temp 41 F

Wind chill 28 F

New England, Fall in New England, New Hampshire, Cog Railway, Mount Washington, NH State Park, Observatory Deck

We eventually located a spot up closer to the observatory where there was a wind block and got a good selfie. Of all the things that we did on this fantastic trip, this one was my absolute favorite.

 

Jackson New Hampshire, Restaurant, Wildcat Inn & Tavern

Later that day we stopped for supper at the Wildcat Inn & Tavern, in Jackson, New Hampshire.

Jackson New Hampshire, Restaurant, Wildcat Inn & Tavern

Mr. Menace and his sister, Lisa.

 

Saturday

Our last day in New England began with, you guessed it!,  BREAKFAST! Our designated “good food finder”, Ed, again did his best work and found us another goodie for brunch at the Mad River Coffee House, in Campton, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire, Restaurants, Campton NH, Mad River Coffee House

We decided to drive to Kennebunk, Maine so that we would not have a 2 hour drive to the airport in the morning, and we rented a tiny cottage for the night. Then we took a drive into Kennebunk and walked around shopping and taking pictures.

Kennebunk Maine

Kennebunk Maine

Kennebunk Maine

Kennebunk Maine

Kennebunk Maine

Kennebunk Maine

 

 

We went back one more time for lobster.Kennebunk Maine

And just like that, our New England vacation was over.

Kennebunk Maine

Have you been to New England? Do you live there? Where should we plan to go and what do we need to see on our next trip to New England?

 

 

 

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24 comments

    • gwingal says:

      We took hundreds of pictures and it was so hard to pick out what to post! The views were magnificent…. when I could keep my eyes open. LOL Thanks for visiting Marette. 🙂

  1. Lisa Hollowell says:

    The boys LOVED the train parts of this post. We followed your link to that website. Hunter explained to me all about how the cog works. They have more questions but I will just email you!

  2. Christie Hawkes says:

    It looks like you had a lovely trip. I haven’t been to New England, but I definitely want to. I have a plan to visit all 50 states when I retire. Thanks for linking up to #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  3. Molly Stevens says:

    So glad you ventured up north to NE and fall is fabulous time to visit. When you come back you definitely need to spend more time in Maine – visit a lighthouse and drive further inland to visit Bangor, the home of Stephen King. We have a lot going on in my area – waterfront concerts (we are on the Penobscot River), theater, art, hiking and lots of great food. I love Portland and Kennebunk, too. There is loads to do in Portland. Your trip up Mt. Washington was fantastic and I did that a long time ago, but now I want to go again!
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    • gwingal says:

      Thanks for the tips Molly! We definitely want to see more in Maine! We saw several lighthouses but didn’t get to actually go in one. Hope to do that. And I am all about good food… 🙂

  4. Amy Johnson says:

    My family and I DROVE up Mt. Washington and it was the first time in my entire life I had a panic attack and almost a complete nervous breakdown. I would NEVER do it again. It’s considered the most dangerous road in America. I would take the cog train though. Then the worst part was it was foggy when we got to the top and we couldn’t see a thing! And I remember that wind. I was never so cold in my life. The diners you ate at it look so interesting. I love eating at place like that. Good, old-fashioned food!

    • gwingal says:

      My step-daughter drove up Mount Washington when they went. She didn’t really mention it being dangerous, but I am sure the fog you mention had a lot to do with it. We had a beautiful day for views from the summit. We could see (so they told us) 4 states and the Atlantic Ocean! Yes, I love the “mom & pop” restaurants rather than chains! So much more fun. 🙂

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