We left Moody Beach in the rain heading north and west, but only a few miles up the road the sun was shining. The drive of 167 miles was easy, with Rebecca driving the first half. This stop amounts to our 44 state and counting! We found the Apple Hill Campground, we're staying under Passport America membership, in the country outside the town of Bethlehem. Robert, the owner, was very gracious in accepting our forwarded mail and later even running down errant packages that were momentarily lost! As the name implies, there are apple trees, a few, and we tried them. All we had to say was yummy! We learned this quaint town has notoriety for being the highest elevation of towns east of Mississippi! With only three nights, two days of touring, we'll have to move fast to see things we have planned.
Two days later. The first day touring was a long beautiful drive through the countryside, along a couple routes of Americas Byways. Our route took us through the North woods, White Mountains, Notches, Valleys and river valleys, nice little towns and such. This is truly beautiful country with vistas beyond imagination. Our second day out, we went to the historic Mount Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods where we took in all the old time opulence. Later, we drove to the Flume Gorge State Park. There we took a short, 3.4 mile walk along their trails up the gorge along the river and thru the woods. Wow, what a fabulous place and a great experience.
Another place to visit for the intrepid traveler to this town of Bethlehem is a little eclectic art studio/curio gallery. Indian Brook Trading Company had huge metal welded art pieces out front of their store. But, it's what's on the inside of the store that counts! Fabulous, local artist make wooden lamps, tables and there are more metal art, too. Owner, Maime, told us that the large metal pieces are from a studio in Thailand then shipped to her. All those articulated arms and moving things, wow! All the art was too big for our RV but, if we had a stick home...
About the leaves. We've had several cold nights, a couple even down as low as 36, bringing about a quick turn of color. The subtle yellows have become more widespread on the tips of branches. There are now even more oranges coming out and certainly more red showing in the sweet gums and dying off of snow ball bushes.
After this short stay, we determined next time through New Hampshire will have to be several weeks long to take advantage of the terrific fishing in the area and see some things we didn't have time for this round.