Speed Leaf Peeping

Yesterday morning before dawn, Jen and I got in the car and headed North. The plan? To drive The Kancamagus Highway and do some leaf peeping, while still getting home by lunch time. We invented a new craze: Speed Leaf Peeping

The sun wasn’t cooperating, as it was a bit on the gloomy side, and we think we were a little past the peak of the fall colors, but it was still beautiful and definitely worth the trip. We only got out of the car once, so there aren’t many pictures.

The side story of the day was definitely the crows. There were tons of them and they were everywhere. For the Watch, right Ollie?
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Welcome to the White Mountains.
Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Can you spot the crow?
Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Leaf Peeping on The Kancamagus Highway

Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Mohawk Trail

Yesterday was an unplanned trip to Connecticut. Today was an unplanned trip to Western Massachusetts. Specifically, the Mohawk Trail. Otherwise known as route 2. This is our best known scenic drive, and it was really great.

First we stopped at the French King Bridge which crosses the Connecticut River. My eighth grade Social Studies teacher used to tell us that Massachusetts to the West of the Connecticut River is god’s country. The views… it’s easy to understand what she was talking about.

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Later, near the end of the drive, just outside of North Adams, MA, there is a sick hair pin turn. It’s nuts. Just before that turn there is a spot where the view is unreal. It’s like you can see for a billion miles.

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Merrimack River this Morning

There’s a parking lot right near the 110/113 rotary on route 93 that looks like it might once have had a boat launch but it’s pretty much fallen apart now. It’s been on my list of places to go to to shoot some Merrimack pics and today I finally stopped there.

This is what Fall looks like.
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This might be my favorite of the bunch. It’s just the leaves reflecting on the water.
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We haven’t gone leaf peeping in New Hampshire this year, so I just went ahead and did it at home.
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My 2012 in Pictures – Part Deux

Yeah, I did a my-year-in-pictures thing the other day. It was fun. What the hell, thought I, why not do it again? This time I’ll run fast and loose with the whole one-pic-from-each-month thing. I’m crazy like that.

We have to get our pics of the Sands Bridge in Methuen before she collapses. Or maybe I should say before she finishes collapsing. It’s already started. Also, I don’t think I found a relative in the Grove Street Cemetery, but who knows?

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In February I finally finished an RPM Challenge on time. It only took me five tries. We also got a new bed. Jen’s penguin approved.

Showdown at Canobie Lake Park

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In March, the kids and I became wilderness explorers. Hipstamatic came along for the ride. Actually, we just wandered around in the woods behind our house for a little while. It was fun.

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April in San Diego. I want to go back RIGHT NOW!

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May gave us baseball, Bar Harbor, and my first up close New England Lighthouse.

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The picture pickin’s are slim in June, but we did get a new Rush album (and it is awesome) and we got another fantastic piano recital from the kids.

And all was right with the world...

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July offers more choices after a spontaneous trip to Boston, and a week long stay in Maine that included some time in the mountains of New Hampshire.

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In August we went to the Top of the Hub for the first time in my life. The views of my city were spectacular. We also spent some twilight time on Hampton Beach.

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September had mountain waterfalls, leaf peeping, my first ever attempt at photo-walking in Tewksbury, and more Rush.

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October continues to belong to Washington, DC.

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The camera didn’t come out much in November, but I did torture the cat, and my wife, with my camera phone, and we did celebrate Turkey Day.

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December had more mountains, more mountain streams, and Christmas.

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And there we have a second view of my 2012 in pictures. Forgive the gratuitousness.

Happy New Year (again).