It has been well over a month since I posted a report to this blog. To my loyal readers, I must apologize for being so lackadaisical. For a variety of reasons, my adventures during the past several weeks have been relatively small, and have been within about a 10-mile radius of my home in Bethlehem, NH (see map below). These short and local undertakings might be of little interest to some readers. But nonetheless, presented below are a series of captioned photos which highlight some of my hiking and XC-ski adventures during December 2016 through mid-January 2017.
|Map showing the approximate locations for the photos shown below. Each of these settings were within about a 10-mile radius of my home in Bethlehem, NH.|
|This first scene shows a winter's day sunset on Main Street in my hometown of Bethlehem, NH|
|A highly-zoomed photo of a curious moose looking at me during an off-trail adventure at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, NH|
|Off-trail view of peaks in Twin and Franconia Range from north end of Little Cherry Pond at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge|
|Scenic spot along my off-trail wanderings at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge|
|This mountain vista photo was taken during a snowshoe trek to Cole Hill at Cooley-Jericho Forest.|
|Another vista seen during a snowshoe trek to Cole Hill at Cooley-Jericho Forest.|
|XC-skiing at Bronson Hill with the picturesque Franconia Mountain Range featured at top right of photo.|
XC-skiing at Beaver Brook XC-Ski Area, which is a USFS maintained facility.
|View of Presidential Mountain Range during a snowshoe hike to North Sugarloaf Mountain|
In early December, I visited an off-trail spot along the Gale River known as "Rock Pool". It is long-forgotten by most people, but it was once a popular destination for local folks of this area. It's located about 0.5 mile WSW of the confluence of Gale River and Ammonoosuc River.
|On its approach to Rock Pool, the Gale River goes through a narrow chute which empties into Rock Pool.|
|The place known as Rock Pool is seen at far right of photo.|
Shown below are photos of four woodland scenes, taken on four different days, at four different locations, within the Beaver Brook XC-Ski Area.
|A beautiful blue-sky day|
|Late afternoon sun shining through the forest|
|Winter woods along the Gale River|
|Golden reflections in a small brook as the day comes to an end|