Mount Washington – Sargent’s Purchase, NH

 

Spur of the moment on Thursday, since we both had Friday off, and the heat is coming in, we decided it would be fun to drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road.   It was sunny and quite warm at the bottom, but we drove into pea soup fog (it was fog lights and hazards for everyone driving) at the summit.     So I’ve been to the top of Mount Washington, but I can’t say I’ve seen much of it.

We scoped out the Alpine Garden path on our way down.   One of these years, I need to get there in mid-June when everything is blooming.   But I did at least get to see Diapensia, which is one of the unique alpine plants you can only find in a few places in New England like Mount Washington, so that was pretty cool.

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Rhododendron State Park – Fitzwilliam, NH

We hit this park too early to see the Rhododendron maximum bloom this year, but since we were coming through on a route we’d never taken before, we decided we at least had to scope it out.     In another couple of weeks, when the rhodies are blooming (yes, there are rhodies that bloom later than June), it should be amazing.    As it was, it was like walking through a jungle in places.     And we could tell it would be an amazing place to visit in earlier spring for some of spring wildflowers.

Cathedral of the Pines – Rindge, NH

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I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually do at Cathedral of the Pines – it seemed like an interruption of the place.    It’s a non-denominational open air cathedral dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces.     It’s also incredibly peaceful, and just a lovely place.

One thing I did find particularly touching is their bell tower – it’s a monument of the service and sacrifices of women, both civilians and in the services.    The art was created by Norman Rockwell, and cast by his son Peter.    There are monuments to the civilian women of the world wars, the women of the services of the world wars, Clara Barton, and pioneer women.   It’s just a lovely tribute.