Thursday, December 5, 2013
Heading Southwest, I meet up with a friend from Boston to explore New Hampshire for a weekend. We pick a remote campsite on the Kancamagus Highway and set our tents up by a nearby river. "The Kanc" is designated as a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This back country road offers spectacular mountain views, steep hiking terrain, and plentiful wildlife. New Hampshire holds a lifetime of exploration for Mainers who wish to step out for a new adventure.
As spring slowly settles in to the area, chilled winter air gradually fades. The local ponds stand testament as the ice gives way to open water. Brighter greens of the forest begin to return. The only sounds heard are of chirping birds and peeping frogs. An evening rain sets in at midnight. We watch as our small campfire is dosed out and we retreat to our separate tents as temperatures drop to 34 degrees. Luckily my sleeping bag is rated for these temperatures. The early morning shows that fog still holds high over the hills on Sunday. A curtain of fog rests above the tree line in the distance. As the morning passes in front of our reignited campfire, I watch as the sun escapes from behind the clouds, dissolving cloudiness, and preparing us for our day of hiking.
Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys.
Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout.
Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.