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Glorious colour on the Kancamagus Highway
Glorious colour on the Kancamagus Highway
Glorious colour on the Kancamagus Highway
Glorious colour on the Kancamagus Highway

Holiday to New England in Oct 2023: Day 6 – Littleton

By Nige on Mon 16 Oct 2023 at 19:18
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Story: Holiday to New England in Oct 2023
Tags: Bar Littleton | Hertz | Hilton | Holidays | New England | New Hampshire | USA

Today was Leaf Day! This was the day we would finally see the leaves we have travelled 3,200 miles to come and see.

We started off the day with a Starbucks in bed at 5:30am. I did the honours. It was damp out and still dark, but I managed to skip across the main road with very little trouble. At that time of the day, there were very few vehicles around.

Whilst slurping our drinks, we laughed at our recollection of an unusual mid-night discussion about a noise that woke me up. I asked Vick whether that was her “shuffling”. Vick asked me why I thought she was “shovelling”. We then went back to sleep! Bizarre exchanges in the night.

A range of colours in the trees at Hancock Overlook
A range of colours in the trees at Hancock Overlook
A range of colours in the trees at Hancock Overlook
A range of colours in the trees at Hancock Overlook

We checked out breakfast at the Hampton Inn with an ulterior motive: we secreted plates, glasses and utensils away for use later on for enjoying dinner in our room.

We made up turkey and cheese sandwiches, using the ingredients we had bought from the supermarket last night. We were hoping to find somewhere nice amongst the trees during the day to enjoy our lunch.

More glorious colours on the Kancamagus Highway
More glorious colours on the Kancamagus Highway
More glorious colours on the Kancamagus Highway
More glorious colours on the Kancamagus Highway

We drove 20 miles down the I93 to Lincoln where we joined the Kancamagus Highway for about 40 miles taking us through the White Mountains to Conway.

Overall, the traffic was relatively light and there was plenty of space at stop offs along the way.

We started off at the Visitor Centre in Lincoln to pick some info, where we came across a coachload of middle-aged Asian tourists.

We managed to get away ahead of them – the last thing we wanted was to get stuck behind a coach!

Beautiful paths at Sabbaday Falls
Beautiful paths at Sabbaday Falls
Beautiful paths at Sabbaday Falls
Beautiful paths at Sabbaday Falls

First stop was the Hancock Overlook, where the variation of colours was amazing.

Next up was Sugar Hill Overlook, which was similarly colourful.

However, one of us was still not that impressed with the lack of red-leaved trees! Some people are never happy!

Then came Sabbaday Falls which included a short hike. I took a bit of video to capture the essence of the falls, which I will post at a later point.

The beauty of the Swift River at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
The beauty of the Swift River at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
The beauty of the Swift River at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
The beauty of the Swift River at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area

We then stopped off at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area where the Swift River has worn a narrow cleft in solid rock.

It was a great place for capturing the beauty of the Kancagamus Highway.

A selfie at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
A selfie at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
A selfie at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
A selfie at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area

Here, we also found some better examples of trees with red leaves. Vick was a little happier.

Albany Covered Bridge and Boulder Loop Trail was up next.

The Albany Covered Bridge on the Kancagamus Highway
The Albany Covered Bridge on the Kancagamus Highway
The Albany Covered Bridge on the Kancagamus Highway
The Albany Covered Bridge on the Kancagamus Highway

Covered bridges is (apparently) what New Hampshire is renowned for (according to the Vickster).

After driving through the covered bridge, we parked up at the Boulder Loop Trail car park, but went on a wild goose chase trying to find the trail.

It was in the opposite direction! By the time we found it, the rain was coming down and we decided it may be better if stayed in the car.

Trees with red leaves - exactly what we had come to see
Trees with red leaves – exactly what we had come to see
Trees with red leaves - exactly what we had come to see
Trees with red leaves – exactly what we had come to see

When we reached Conway, we headed north on Highway 302. That took us through North Conway, where the traffic was mad.

We stopped off on the side of the road to eat our sandwiches, at which point we headed back to the hotel.

Since we were getting a little concerned about the temp in the house and the pussies, Mike helped to turn our central heating on at home (the boiler had been physically turned off due to the hot water issues).

It was good to see the temperatures slowly rise and we could only imagine the warmth felt by Mango and Chutney as they snuggled down into their respective beds.

Whilst back at the hotel, I also spent some time working through some Dovecote RA issues.

Dinner chez Billingham at the Hampton Inn in Littleton
Dinner chez Billingham at the Hampton Inn in Littleton
Dinner chez Billingham at the Hampton Inn in Littleton
Dinner chez Billingham at the Hampton Inn in Littleton

By the time all of that had been done, we prep’d our in-hotel dinner and enjoyed some Cheescake Factory chocolate bread, salad, brie, faux pickle (you can’t get branston pickle in the US), crackers and strawberry cheesecake.

All washed down with a bottle of rose.

A nice end to the best day so far for us leaf-peepers!


Follow the whole story here: Holiday to New England in Oct 2023


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