USA & Canada Trip 2018 – days 50-52 – New Hampshire and Vermont

We started by going to Diana’s Bath trail, a short ~40 minutes trail (~20 minutes each direction) leading to nice ponds with small waterfalls.

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We then went on to Glen Ellis Falls, another short trail leading to waterfalls.

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We then went to Pinkham Notch visitor center, where they told us that we should drive to Mount Washington (the highest peak around), and that we would get to see a lot. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend going there. It costed 40$ to go up by car, and most of the time we couldn’t see anything due to the clouds.

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We drove all the way to the top, where we couldn’t really see much… Due to the clouds.

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It was cool to see a restoration of a house that used to be sort of a hotel a long time ago.

We then walked the Lost Pond Trail.

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We went back to the hotel quite early, and actually got to watch TV(!), which we hadn’t done a for a long time. Some rest isn’t too bad after 50 days of traveling 🙂

On the next day we drove through the Kancamagus highway, which is supposed to be THE great highway for viewing foliage during autumn. Well, after talking to locals – it seems that: (a) it’s really hard to foresee when the foliage will actually occur and the time differs every year; (b) last year there wasn’t really foliage as the weather was “crazy”, and they thought that this year would be the same. If you plan on going to New England – great. Don’t expect the beautiful foliage Google shows, though.

We first went to the Lower Falls, which are located just 5 minutes walk from the parking lot.

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We then went to see Rocky Gorge.

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Very close to the gorge, there is a beautiful pond.

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We then walked the short and easy Lovequist Loop Trail. It is not found on Google Maps or any local map we could find, but after crossing the bridge from Rocky Gorge to the pond above one can see the relevant signs.

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Many mushrooms accompanied us along the way.

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We continued to Sabbaday Falls. An easy trail leads to the falls that create small ponds in different layers.

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Neta is there!

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We did get to spot a few autumn-looking-trees along the way.

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We also had some nice viewpoints through Kancamagus highway.

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As the forecast showed tomorrow would rain, we decided to do another trail – Flume Gorge.

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On our 52nd day we drove to Vermont. The views changed and we saw many farms, cows, horses and isolated homes.

We stopped at Morse Farm, where they make Maple syrup. We had a short self-guided tour and some tastings. It was really cool! We also bought maple-popcorn.

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From there we went to Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont. We also took the tour and learned about how the company started, as well as how they make ice cream. We also tasted a special flavor they save for the tours only.

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We then went to the Flavor Graveyard – where they have tombstones for flavors that “died” – that is, aren’t made any more.

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What an awesome idea! They actually turned “failures” into something amusing that people can enjoy. Some of the flavors actually sounded terrible (as in, why would anyone think they would succeed?) while some sounded amazing and it was too bad they were ‘dead’ already.

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On the next day we are supposed to meet my friends Yarin and Eliav, who will join us for a few days 🙂

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