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Part I -- The Beginning....

Sunday, August 12, 2012

One of the greatest challenges in my life began on Bridle Falls trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The trail is a very rocky one. Hiking boots are warranted for safe footing.

Natural steps...

Heading into the Alpine Zone….

I can do this.....

First view of our destination....

Still quite a distance away….

We are intrigued by the vegetation in the Alpine Zone….

Pardon my butt......I wanted you to envision the height of the climb.

Monarchs were plenty and beautiful.

After a couple of hours, we saw our first sign. We were going in the right direction….up! Just 2.3 miles to go.

A glider greeted us as we approached closer to the summit.

Finally, after about 4 hours of climbing, we reached Greenleaf Hut for a little rest and fresh mountain water. We had 1.1 miles yet to hike before we reached Mt. Lafayette.

Our hike continues. This picture was taken from the back of Greenleaf Hut.

We thought we would get to that peak in a short amount of time. After all it was only 1.1miles away. The terrain was a bit rough as we continued our climb. But first, we found another use for duct tape! Yes, the sole of my boot separated. (Always carry duct tape in your backpack! You never know when you might need it.)

My next blog will continue this pictoral summary taking you to the top of Mt. Lafayette, across to Mount Lincoln, and then on to Little Haystack. We followed the Franconia Ridge Trail that consists of a loop hike linking Lafayette, Mount Lincoln and Little Haystack Mountain with spectacular views. We started and ended at Lafayette Place, the trailhead for the Old Bridle Path and Falling Waters Trails. Total distance was 8.9 miles. However, it took us 9.5 hours of actual time hiking and about an additional 1 hour of total rest time. Yes, this was an extremely challenging climb. Stay tuned for the rest of the story.....

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CJBAGGINS 9/9/2012 11:38PM

    What a gorgeous trip!


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WOODHEAT 8/26/2012 11:09AM

    I know that I read this blog weeks ago and can't believe that I didn't comment on it then, but nope, no comment from Wood. Sorry. We love New Hampshire and have done a lot of hiking there. I also love the way you have found a whole new life of fitness and adventure. My wife and I live the good life while we can: hike, bike, roller-blade, kayak on a regular basis and we enjoy life more than anyone we know - except maybe for you. Keep it up!

Life is good!


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SIMPLY4DHEART 8/21/2012 7:51PM

    Awesome what an amazing place you Hiked.Thank you for the beautiful pictures,I really enjoyed them.

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MAKULEWAHINE 8/19/2012 11:50AM

    I LOVE to hike. I did a challenging (for me) 4 mile hike on Wednesday. I think it took us 5 hours! LOL But the wildflowers were beautiful and smelled like a flower shop. I was with good friends and enjoyed the day. God has cerainly given us some magnificent views.

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ILOVEDUANE 8/18/2012 11:53PM

    Ohmygosh I wish I were there with you! My jealous meter just peaked...

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AVOVATA 8/17/2012 2:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. I love hiking, and I love to see pictures of places I'm not likely to hike to myself. emoticon emoticon

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SHAKENMA 8/15/2012 9:50AM

    Beautiful pictures. emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/14/2012 7:05PM

    So Far So Good !!! Love Duct Tape ! Hangin' on here to enjoy the rest of your hike. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 8/14/2012 9:30AM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. I just had to imagine that I was with you......

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BEVPRESLEY 8/13/2012 11:24PM

    Great hike! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. I know I couldn't have made it.

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DMF2012 8/13/2012 7:15PM


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BEAR_GURL 8/13/2012 3:50PM

    Thanks for sharing...what an awesome way to document your trip AND your journey!



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AMANDA_A_725 8/13/2012 10:14AM

    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing your hike with us! Way to go!

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    Enjoyed the hike. Thanks for sharing the adventure with photo(s)

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SPARKENISTA 8/12/2012 10:13PM

    I was on a drive through the White Hills many years ago. That was enough for me. In fact, it was too much. The peeks and valleys scared me.
I admire your adventurous spirit!

You should definitely complain to the shoe manufacturer. If you didn't have duct tape you would have been up the creek without a paddle...or is it up the mountain without a boot? Whatever, you would have been in BIG trouble.

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ILUVTTV 8/12/2012 10:09PM

    I love the White Mountains! Awesome pictures!

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WOODHEAT 8/12/2012 8:38PM

    Love! Loved! New Hampshire hiking!!! Thanks for sharing this experience.
Life is good!


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IDAHOFLOWER 8/12/2012 7:38PM

    Wow what I hike!! Yes will Love to see part 2.
You go girl. Your looking good.

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SWEETLIPS 8/12/2012 7:37PM

    This is incredible and you look fantastic!! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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KAYAK-A-MANIAC 8/12/2012 7:37PM

    Great trip....WOW emoticon

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LINDA! 8/12/2012 6:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great pix!

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GRNDMOM43 8/12/2012 5:52PM

    emoticon emoticon Amazing climb and amazing pictures! I am waiting for Nike to contact you about the new style! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/12/2012 5:42PM

    Spectacular! What a climb and the scenery was awesome!

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/12/2012 5:32PM

    Looks like New Hampshire at its best! We have the same hiking boots! WELL DONE!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 8/12/2012 5:08PM

  VERY PRETTY! Love the Duct Tape, too!

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NEILITHICMAN 8/12/2012 4:57PM

    Awesome, looks like lost of fun

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/12/2012 1:53PM

    What great photos and hike am eargly awaiting part 2 .Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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MAUIMA 8/12/2012 12:36PM

    Beautiful! And duck take too...oh yes! A must.
I too am anxious for # 2.

Thanks for sharing your journey... :)
Inspirational , like getting also to go! :)

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GREENGENES 8/12/2012 11:37AM

    Great photos. I miss NH.

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JODYMARINO1 8/12/2012 10:44AM

    How beautiful!! Love the ductape! Can't wait for part 2. Have a great week!

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KAYOTIC 8/12/2012 10:36AM

    Eagerly awaiting part 2....and duct tape, don't leave home with out can also just wrap a length around your hiking stick if you hike with those.

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FELINA 8/12/2012 10:23AM

    Absolutely beautiful ! The pictures are breathtaking !
Looking forward to part 2.

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~INDYGIRL 8/12/2012 10:15AM

    WOW! Impressive is an understatement. I love the photos!

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LESLIELENORE 8/12/2012 9:53AM

    I love the pictures and can't wait for the rest! Sounds like a great hike.

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HIKENY 8/12/2012 9:49AM

  congratulations You are amazing you put your mind to something and accomplish it. Thanks for the tip about the duct tape Ihave many things in my backpack and now will have duct tape, never thought it would come in handy but I bet next time I go hiking someone will need it.

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RD03875 8/12/2012 9:45AM

    Beautiful pictures, hope you had a great hike! I love my New Hampshire mountains!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/12/2012 9:13AM

    What great pictures, the scenery was breathtaking, sure a far cry from Southern Ca. Had no idea that duct tape is something you should have in your backpack when hiking. Did it hold for the entire trip?

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MISSLISA1973 8/12/2012 9:04AM

    It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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HIKERBECKY 8/12/2012 8:47AM

    Wow that's really beautiful! I hope that one day I can hike that kind of trail again. (Broke my ankle in December, it's a long road back) What a beautiful place to hike.
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GIANTOCR1 8/12/2012 8:44AM

    Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing... I love hiking and that looks like so much fun.. Looks like everyone had fun.

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VEENAS1 8/12/2012 8:37AM

    Wow! You are amazing! It must feel so good to have met this challenge.

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BILL60 8/12/2012 8:33AM

    Great accomplishment. Way to go!!!!!

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LISALALA1 8/12/2012 8:11AM

    Wow how beautiful...

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KRYS210 8/12/2012 8:03AM

    NH is beautiful! Lived in Mass. for some time and visited NH whenever I could. You get an A+ for ingenuity with duct tape. In the south, it is the fixer-upper of choice. LOL

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4DOGNIGHT 8/12/2012 7:52AM

    WOW! I don't think I would survive 5 minutes of that! Good for you. My husband is from New Hampshire and knows this area well!

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TATTER3 8/12/2012 7:09AM

    Would love to paint some of these! Beautiful1

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/12/2012 6:14AM

    Wow that was awesome...I enjoyed the hike from my computer chair emoticon

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JSALERNO 8/12/2012 5:58AM

    BEAUTIFUL emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/12/2012 5:07AM

    The pictures are amazing, but I know from my own experience that pictures only capture about 1 tenth of what you see. So it must have been *really* incredible. Looking forward to the next installment!

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