A day of two halves

After a spell of oppressively hot and unpleasantly humid weather, we were delighted to note that the forecast for the weekend was offering a reprieve, so we made plans to go walking with a friend. However, he wasn’t going anywhere until the morning football game was over, and since England were playing we felt we ought to show willing, so at just after 10am we found ourselves in a beer hall in Jersey City with a bunch of (mainly) England supporters from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Downeast roadtrip day 8 – Mount Washington

Following a 6am alarm and a hearty breakfast of oatmeal, we pulled into the carpark at Pinkham Notch at 8am and were on the mountain by 8:15. It was a sunny day, already quite warm amongst the trees, and there were a surprising number of other people around as we set off along the Tuckerman Ravine trail.

beginning the hike up Mt Washington

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Downeast roadtrip day 5 – Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a wild and beautiful section of Mount Desert island. It has been part of the federal park service since 1916, and an officially-designated national park since 1919. It contains many unspoiled natural features – granite peaks, dramatic cliffs, lakes and woodland – as well as a network of hiking trails, carriage paths, and mountain roads to enable holidaymakers to enjoy the scenery.

hiking into Acadia

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Holiday hiking

Back in England, we were often to be found heading out of town to spend bank holiday weekends hiking around various scenic parts of the country. Since moving to New York, we’ve managed the grand total of one weekend walk (although we’ve put in an awful lot of miles around Manhattan, which has to count for something!), and so this holiday Monday seemed like a good opportunity for another.
the end is in sight!
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Surprisingly hilly and no rain at all

Seattle confounded all our expectations from the start, as we arrived on a gloriously sunny afternoon and stared up at the hill rising sharply from the waterfront. I’m not sure why it being hilly was such a surprise, but that was the first thing we both noticed, followed immediately by the fact that it wasn’t raining.

View of Seattle from Capital Hill

It was late afternoon by this stage, so we dropped our bags at the b&b (the delightful Gaslight Inn) and proceeded directly to the pubContinue reading