Crawford Notch & the AMC Highland Center

Last weekend, we made the journey north to Crawford Notch. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are one of our favorite places to visit. We were planning a couple of days of snowshoe hiking and at least one day of skiing/snowboarding at nearby Bretton Woods. However, health and the weather didn’t cooperate. New England was hit with the biggest Arctic blast of the season and day time highs on Saturday were still nearly 20 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. With the wind chill, it felt like -40F. That’s pretty cold and not good for skiing.

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The snowshoe hiking was OK, but I was really under the weather, so Debbie and the kids didn’t wander far. They climbed little Mt. Willard, which is a great family hike from our base at AMC’s Highland Center. The Highland Center has been one of our favorite destinations since it was built a dozen years ago. Situated at the top of the notch, we have access to great trails in all directions. Since we were stuck inside most of the weekend, we took advantage of the entertainment and programs. On Friday night, the kids watched The Lorax. On Saturday night, we were entertained by Islay Mist Ceilidh, a local Scottish roots ensemble. They played for more than an hour in Thayer Hall. On Sunday night, we all watched Frozen, which was the theme of the weekend.

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I did a little reading. The library has more than 100 years of Appalachia journal and I enjoyed the December 1972 issue. By Sunday evening, I was moving my body a little and we got outside before dinner for a little walk. The kids enjoyed the playscape even though it was frigid. We look forward to returning in summer when things thaw out, because the sunshine in these photos is very deceiving! It was much colder than it looks.

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