Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fall Color New Hampshire Style

Kicking it into four-wheel drive up

I thought I’d share with you what I do each morning to start my day off, hike with our golden retriever Dylan. We’re fortunate enough to live in a state that offers so much clean outdoor space so we hike every morning for an hour and a half through the woods, unfortunately the views are usually from the top of a range. (Yes, it was so easy hiking with a camera!)

 On the way up, outcroppings of granite, we’re called “The Granite State” in reference to our tradition of self-sufficiency.

Yes we’re still going up but nothing gets your day going quite like a little exercise! (Although I’m not against sitting around in my pajamas first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee in my hand!) 

Once at the top of the ridge there are open spaces and a well-worn path through the forest.

Topside you get a lovely view of the mountain range before descending down to the lake. Trust me there's an easier path below to the lake and I wish just once my faithful companion knew that.

Although it's beautiful and peaceful walking in among the trees without a soul around. 

At the bottom we're rewarded with a beautiful view of the dam....

and someone gets to take a dip......

and have a bit of a roll in the crunchy leaves before heading back.

Almost home.....

Home! I keep wondering why everything is always up hill but I guess the best things in life are worth working for. I hope you enjoyed our hike in the beautiful fall foliage.  Anyone who wants to hike Dylan's always ready, willing and able!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post! and what beautiful pictures. You live in an amazing, beautiful and enchanting place. Looks so peaceful and lovely. Your dog is absolutely gorgeous!


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Room Seventeen said...

What a beautiful place!!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

How wonderful to have such beautiful walks on your doorstep - you're so right to make the most of it.
My French Country Home

Mona Thompson said...

Would so love to take that walk each morning, and Dylan has stolen my heart. I have a very soft spot for such loyal companions.

La Dolfina said...

A perfect way to begin the day. I thoroughly enjoyed it... Thank you!

Linda in AZ * said...

* How LOVELY, and such a wonderful, enchanting way to start the day! Dylan's like our Belle-girl~~~ walks like this are her "chocolate", and I sooo enjoyed witnessing Dylan's lively antics! What a doll-baby!!!

Thanks for the early a.m. smiles!
Linda in AZ *

Trouvais said...

Love seeing your big, wonderful, hilly backyard! Hiking is such a great way to start the day, organize your thoughts. I just started up again...wish I could just tumble out the back door, like you. Still...well worth the drive to get out into wilderness. Thanks for taking us along! XO Trish

Paula said...

WOW - what a simply spectacular way to start your day! We're about to commit to getting a dog, and we've got some woods nearby - I hope my daily walking experience is going to be as gorgeous as yours - You live in a truly magical place xx

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous view from the top! We love how you captured Dylan in so many of your shots.


Jen said...

This is why I love fall... all the gorgeous colors!!

Oh, and sweetie, have you inputted your state information yet at LOCATION CENTRAL? It's the blog where you find other bloggers in your area.

for the love of a house said...

looks like a fabulous hike! and except for the dip and the roll;) ella is so there!!
enjoy this beautiufl weekend!
and ella sends a wag to Dylan!

Stacey said...

How did i miss this post? Sorry:-(. What a lovely place and these pictures are so beautiful. I so love that dog too:-). Happy Monday! xx

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