Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Indian Summer in the White Mountains

Indian summer is this very short period in the year, where all the maple and birch and whatever trees turn into bright yellow, golden and red hues, all over New England. There are many places to experience the Indian Summer, but the White Mountains of New Hampshire are quite close to Boston, about a two hours drive. So we set out, camped in the woods well below freezing temperatures and where just overwhelmed by the beauty of colors.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Acadia National Park in Fall

With Columbus Day last Monday, we had a long weekend that we could spend in Acadia National Park, Maine. It's the second most visited park in the United States after the Great Smokey Mountains, and of course you cannot expect to have solitude in this park, which is also not one of the biggest. There's no backcountry in Acadia, so no possibilities for backcountry backpacking or a wilderness experience like in other parks. But still, it's a very beautiful park, with lots of options especially for photographers. There is also some climbing (unfortunately too crowded for us last weekend - although we brought our gear) on the sea cliffs and there are some 'via ferrata' kind of hikes. They are not exactly what I would call a via ferrata like we have in the European Alps, but they are hikes onto a 'mountain' with the aid of some ladders and iron rungs. Not difficult, but judging from the people who attempt to hike up there, tough enough for most of them.

Anyway, here are some pictures from the weekend.

Jordan Cliffs iron rung trail.

Sunset on Mt Cadillac.

Cooking baked beans the cowboy way!

Morning on the boulder beach.

Ooops... somebody didn't make it into the hammock.

Hiking the Beehive trail, another iron rung trail.

Back on the beach.