Thursday, June 30, 2016

My 48th (South Carter) 4,000 footer! (plus Mount Hight)

This is what I call "The Northeast Group" (the Presidential Range on the left/center, and the Carter-Moriah Range on the right). Today's peaks (Thursday, June 30, 2016) - South Carter and Mount Hight - are in the purple circle:

I plan today's hike to go up Nineteen Mile Brook Trail (along Nineteen Mile Brook [1.9 miles]), then left up Carter Dome Trail [1.9 miles]. North on Carter-Moriah Trail (0.8 miles) to get to South Carter, then backtrack down to Mount Hight (0.8+0.2+0.4 miles), then continue south (0.4 miles) to hit Carter Dome Trail. Return to the trailhead via Carter Dome Trail and Nineteen Mile Brook Trail (0.6+0.2+1.9+1.9):

Estimated 11.0 miles altogether - let's see how "close to reality" that is.

Into Boston for the Thursday Morning Men's Breakfast, the up to the trailhead by 12:15. I saw a pile of kids swarming up the trail as I entered the parking lot, but passed them about a mile into the hike. Nineteen Mile Brook Trail is pretty comfortable:

and, as you can imagine, it goes alongside Nineteen Mile Brook:

This is a great hike for kids, as is Carter Dome Trail - a little more challenging than just "a walk in the woods", but with rocks, and streams, and waterfalls:

The Carter-Moriah Trail runs north to South Carter, and I love the boggy areas along this ridge-trail-in-the-woods:

My selfie on South Carter:

i don't know if anyone is counting, but that makes 48-out-of-48 4000 footers in New Hampshire!!!! The first was June 22, 2014, and the last was June 30, 2016 - what an adventure!

Just off from the South Carter summit is a side trail leading to a beautiful view of the Wild River Wilderness (cool name!):

Then back down the Carter-Moriah Trail, and up to Mount Hight:

And, YES, the views there are as GREAT as advertised!!

On the way back down, I call these shots: Dennis' Swimming Hole:

(the water was REALLY COLD!)

Once again, Nineteen Mile Brook is BEAUTIFUL:

Going back through Jackson, I went up 16A then 16B (Carter Notch Rd), alongside Jackson Falls:

Thank You God for a GREAT DAY! 12.49 miles in 5 hours 19 minutes, with an elevation gain of 3,546 feet! One of the BEST hiking days, ever!

Thursday, June 30, 2016 (left home at 6 AM, home at 9:20 PM)
358 miles -- down into Boston, then up 95, then up 16 (12:17 at the trailhead)
12.49 miles -- hiking (5 hours 19 minutes)(I stopped MapMyWalk when I went swimming!)
3 1/2 hours to get home, via the Jackson Falls! (including a large Number 9 sub at D'Angelo's in North Conway)

Music today was:

Rolling Stones albums in the morning!
Sticky Fingers, 1971 (original album, plus bonus cd) [WZLX played "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" yesterday, and it sounded GREAT!]
Black and Blue, 1976 [They played this album on the sound system at a concert I went to: June 12, 1976 (age 23) JFK Stadium, Philadelphia - Peter Frampton [middle afternoon, hot weather], Gary Wright [late afternoon], Yes came on as it got dark and the moon was rising, with green lasers going from the stage out over the back of the stadium]
Some Girls, 1978
It's Only Rock 'n Roll, 1974 [I remember telling a guy at Penn that "I just listened to the new Rolling Stones album, and it was really good" (the previous album was Goats Head Soup, which was not "really good")]
December's Children (And Everybody's), 1965

Evening drive home:
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire, 1984
U2 - The Joshua Tree, 1987
I have forgotten HOW STRONG these albums are!!! - EXCELLENT
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band - The River, 1980
At that time, I was listening to 102.7 WNEW-FM in New York City (which was a GREAT rock station!)(along with WBCN in Boston and WMMR in Philadelphia). The day The River was released, the DJs (Dave Herman, Pete Fornatale, Scott Muni) were not allowed to play the whole album at once - so they played 3 tracks at a time [I want to say once-an-hour, but I could be wrong]. It was a good way to get your "Bruce Juice" those days.

Shameless Plug: if you enjoy this blog, you may like my other one about Art Museums and National Parks (on May 2, 2016 I finished a 4-day trip to NJ-PA-VA-DC)
hyperlink: dixonheadingwest

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