White Mountains Trip

The highlight of last weekend’s White Mountain Trip may have been the awesome hike up Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams, but that was only part of the adventure. Our family’s base camp was at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch.

The family had a blast exploring the lodge and the trails around AMC’s facilities. We hauled our Chariot a good ways up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, but the gradient was stiff. Debbie got a chance to do some snowshoe running.

We also had several great “family style” meals in the dining hall. The Joe Dodge experience is always a good one and the constant snow made for even more excitement. Our kids loved the Discovery Room and simply enjoyed running up and down the halls. They could have spent all day watching the staff plow the parking lot, which was a 24 hour job for nearly four days. The JCB Wheel Loader was a beast. That thing could move a lot of snow and manuever around tight corners. The AMC must be pleased with their investment; I know that my son was.

The least fun part of the trip was the drive home. Though it was beautiful, especially in Crawford Notch, it was white knuckle for more than six hours. We opted to return home through Vermont to avoid the New Hampshire coast and Massachusetts traffic, but we basically drove into the teeth of the storm. In the heart of Crawford Notch, the temperature was down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and the snow was falling heavily.

We drove past AMC’s other main White Mountain lodge, the Highland Center, and made our way to Littleton where we lunched at the new co-op. On I-91 in Vermont, we saw a large pickup truck spin out at 60 mph in a cloud of snow and end up wedged perpendicular to the highway in the divider between the northbound and southbound lanes. No one was hurt and I was a bit more cautious after that. We were glad that we chose the Subaru Outback for the trip because the all wheel drive was needed.

What a trip!

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