VisitNewEngland’s Editor and Publisher are on a soujourn this week to New Hampshire’s Great North Woods — staying at the Cabins at Lopstick near Lake Francis in the far north town of Pittsburg, NH. (If you walked due west for a ways, you would cross into Quebec. A clue is that you see road signs in French and English around town.)
The view from the cabins is just like this picture; I’ve seen sapphines that would look murky next to the blue of these lakes . And, yes, lupines (see bottom picture) grow wild along the roads. This part of New England is heaven for fishermen and fisherwomen, hunters, ATV and snowmobile riders, and people who love the unspoiled outdoors.
If you travel here from southern points by driving up Route 3, you travel through Franconia Notch (we call ’em “notch” in New England; out West, it’s a mountain “pass.”) You’ll pass the Mountain View Grand hotel in Whitefield. It’s one of the four grand hotels that urban gentry of the 19th century escaped to when they needed relief from summer heat, starting in about the 1870s. (The other grande dames of New Hampshire are the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, Wentworth-by-the-Sea in Newcastle, and Eagle Mountain House in Jackson.)
Tomorrow, we will go drive ATV’s, courtesy of Bear Rock Adventures, a Pittsburg company that rents ATVs. As you can see below, an ATV ride is fun for all kinds of occasions. This evening, we;ll try a drive along “Moose Alley” (Route3) with camera poised. Cheers!