New Hampshire Weekend: The Friday Hike

This weekend I got to get away with some lovely ladies.  It was a great end-of-the-summer type trip that included lots of hiking, eating, and wine drinking!

Amy and I headed up to New Hampshire very early Friday morning- 6 a.m. to be exact. Our plan for the day included a moderate hike up Mount Kinsman to Bald Peak, which has a summit at 2,470 feet and a total mileage of 4.6 roundtrip.

We got to the trail head around 8:45 and promptly geared up with our sneakers, lots of bug spray, and an energy bar.  I had a Blueberry Bliss Luna Bar.

The hike started off pretty easy, with wide, flat surfaces that walked us passed an old sugar house and plenty of trees 🙂

Sorry it's sideways 😉

But, let me tell you, once we started our climb to the summit (I’d say around the end of mile one?) we didn’t stop climbing.  It was pretty tough!  We would keep trying to push through until we came to a plateau but they almost never came!  It was a pretty steep climb too!

Now you see me...

Now you don't!

My hamstrings and calves burned almost 100% of the time (in a good way).

The ground was mostly dry so I didn’t get muddy like I have in previous hikes.

When we reached the summit  around 10 there were 360 degree views of Mount Kinsman and the surrounding area.

We took a bunch of goofy pics.

cell phone service at top of the mountain!

We also met a girl who had camped there at the top for the night.  She must’ve been super lonely, or friendly, because she talked our ear off for about twenty minutes.

We lounged around the top for about an hour before heading back down.  Say hello to Mr. Frog!

Thanks to Amy for being such a great hiker/photographer.  I don’t know how she had the energy in her to snap pics while walking up a steep mountain side.

After the hike we drove into the town where we were staying for the weekend.  We parked in front of a wine shop (my idea) and ate a couple of peanut butter sammies and sour cream and onion Cape Cod chips.  Yum!

Friday night dinner post and Saturday hike post coming up!

Stay tuned 🙂

~L

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