Spring is here and with it come both time-honored traditions and all sorts of opportunities for a fresh start. Families enjoy April’s vacation week by returning to their favorite destinations to play, explore and just spend quality time together.
In the White Mountains of NH, many regard this week as an opportunity to escape for those who have endured freezing temperatures, dark days, snow, snow and more snow. These families book their flights and rush off to tropical destinations.
For me and my boys, April school vacation week has been a time to explore the heart of the White Mountains and witness nature’s rebirth after a long, cold winter. There is no need to book an expensive flight when we have all the true essence of springtime right here. During this week, it is almost always warm and sunny in the White Mountains. Many times our friends return from their week in the tropics to find that we have better tans than they do.
Our family tradition is to hike up Bridal Veil Falls first. This hike is best in April. You can miss the “buggy” season and the hike is mild enough to wake up muscles that have not been used while skiing all winter. The best part of this hike are the stories behind the copper mine trail and the mysterious plaque that is mounted along the river on your trip up to the falls. Every year my boys would ask me to tell them the story again as if they had never heard it before. Stories and Legends are best when they can be told where they occurred.
Our other favorite spring hike is Bald Knob. Bald Knob is located in Franconia Notch State Park. This short but amazing hike is easy to climb with all sorts of jungle gym-type rocks to climb and walk upon. A short track across the top of the ridge brings you to Artist Bluff. Artist Bluff got its name from the famous Artists who used to visit the White Mountains. These artists used the picturesque scene to explore their creativity in painting landscapes.
Bridal Veil Falls and Bald Knob are located near the Cannon Mountain Tramway which opens May 25, 2012 and runs until October 14, 2012. The Tram takes roughly 10 minutes to get to the top. With two trams running all day there is seldom a wait to ride to the top and from the top of Cannon Mountain you can see forever! The breathtaking views are a wonderful experience and New Hampshire is fortunate to have this attraction which makes the mountain’s peak accessible to all. The museum located at the Tramway base parking lot is full of historical facts and items that add to the nostalgic charm permeating the entire White Mountains.
To European settlers, America was largely considered a wilderness only 150 years ago. Northern New England residents are proud of their history in making it their home and many have worked to preserve their heritage for others to enjoy.
Well folks, those are my thoughts for today on Spring Break for April. Hang around and we will talk more about all the fun and exciting things to do in the White Mountains of NH.
See you on the trails!