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New Hampshire

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unlike most New Englanders, I've lived in the Midwest (Chicago, IA), the West (CO), the Pacific Coast (CA), the East (OH), and worked extensively in DC and the South. NE, in general, and NH in particular is a world onto itself.

Everyone, here, thinks that the weather here is the most variable. Not so. CO has the most variable weather, by far, of any place I've ever been. While on the whole CO has mild weather, temperature extremes can vary 40 degrees between day and night, and 75 to 80 degrees (F) between days. Moreover, there can be 3 feet of snow one day, and the next day it will all be gone, having gone between a solid and gaseous state (vapor) without ever having passed through a liquid state (sublimation).

What NH does have is green! I love green. (I have an Ektachrome -- not Kodachrome -- brain! emoticon .) If you haven't seen the green, it's hard to imagine how dramatic it is. NH is a rain forest, and the rain produces the fastest tree growth imaginable. Comes the Autumn, the trees produce the most beautiful color displays. It's like something out of a fairy tale.

The precipitation also produces extensive mosquito and black fly populations in the spring and summer; as well as massive rain, ice, sleet, and snow storms which routinely take down the power lines. The power goes out here 2 to 3 times a year, on average, with at least one being for a few days. We had a power outage this summer, but have yet to experience one this winter. We're due.

We need to get a standby power generator, but so far, I've been unable to find a propane company that will bury a tank (at my expense). Sigh.

I used to love the snow and the snowshoeing that that provided. My usual trek was down the logging road behind my house. However, the combination of a surgically repaired burst quad tendon, and a school and road being built on the logging road, have removed that attraction.

Well, tomorrow is another day, and I do have to go out to the dentist, so I might as well go to the YMCA, as well.
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    Amen to ALL of the Colorado comments! This year CO is dry as a bone and our usually lovely pine forests have been eaten by pine beetles. Any rain and evergreens you can ship out way (in that order) would be most welcome! Don't know where you lived in Ohio, but I couldn't wait to get out of Cleveland after growing up there. Hope you continue to enjoy NH - and good luck with that generator!
    1803 days ago
    Sounds beautiful. I have never been to New Hampshire, have lived in Tucson, Az since 1971, miss greens and leaves changing color. emoticon
    1805 days ago
  • RD03875
    I love the mountains of NH and the rural area where I live. Ahhh the smell of pine in the spring!
    1806 days ago
  • KJP2013
    I like the green of NH too! The generator is a MUST! We have one and I don't know what we would do without it...have a great day!
    1806 days ago
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