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.
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.
I had to take an interior picture to share with my Mama. She adores the country look and plaid curtains, and red…
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.
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.
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.
There were 4 trains running the day we were there and this is the engine and car that we rode.
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.
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!
And this photo gives a pretty good view of the angle we are traveling. This is looking behind us.
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.
Although it appears that Mr. Menace is leaning, he is actually standing straight up and the train car is on the incline.
Look Ma! No hands!
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…
Smiling big for our selfie! Oops…. blurry… lets take another…
Ok, but hurry I can’t see! That wind and sun is blinding me, but I’m still smiling…
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…
The raised building that you see behind us is the Observatory.
The wild wind even affected our ability to take selfies!
Visibility 110 miles
Winds 39 mph
Temp 41 F
Wind chill 28 F
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.
Later that day we stopped for supper at the Wildcat Inn & Tavern, in Jackson, New Hampshire.
Mr. Menace and his sister, Lisa.
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.
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.
And just like that, our New England vacation was over.
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?