Hiking the White Mountains

We enjoy taking vacations, but sometimes our vacations are a little different from most people’s.  A wonderful thing to do with a vacation is to spend time, not alone on the beach getting sunburnt, but with the people we want to know better, especially our family.  Most of our vacations are educational is some way.  Oh, and we often like to get some excercise in while we’re at it.  So, last Friday, Dad and the oldest ones and some friends went to the White Mountains of NH to do some hiking.  We did the Falling Waters Trail loop over Mounts Little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette – a total of 14.3 km (8.9 miles) with an elevation change of 3,900 ft.  The highest point in this trail is Mount Lafayette, with an elevation of 5,260 feet.

We started at the Old Bridle Path and Falling Waters trail head at 9:30.

Trail Head for Falling Waters trail

Starting up the Falling Waters Trail, we discovered a simply beautiful path crisscrossed by cascading streams and rivulets.

Getting ready for the shot The results of the picture

More photos from the Falling Waters Trail: I guess they named it right!

Watching the waterfall Another cascade The trail followed many such small falls

“… Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come … for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water …”  — Isaiah 35:4-7

Beautiful scenery has a way of attracting …

Beautiful mountain scenery Mount Lafayette A wonderful view

Photographers!

A pair of photographers

After reaching the summit of Little Haystack and eating lunch, we continued along the Franconia Ridge.

Eating Lunch Taking pictures along the ridge Continuing the hike

We had a good time sharing together in spite of severe leg cramps part way around which hindered one member of our party from walking for quite some time.

Pausing to admire the view A group shot at the summit of Lafayette Some are not afraid of heights

Near the summit of Mount Lincoln, we found New Hampshire a new “Old Man of the Mountain”.

A new "Old Man of the Mountain"

This Old Man seems a little younger than the old Old Man, and only works if you get the right angle.

Finally, we got down to the Greenleaf Hut, where we rested for a while and replenished our water.

The Greenleaf Hut

This trip reminds me of the hymn translated and written by Stewart K. Hine, “How Great Thou Art”.

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Refrain:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

(Refrain)

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

(Refrain)

When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

3 thoughts on “Hiking the White Mountains

  1. Samantha

    What a blessing it was to spend the day hiking with you all in the White Mountains! It was such a joy to sing four- part harmony as we trekked down the mountain… I’ve missed singing with you all so much! It was fun to get to know you all a little better too!

    Thank you, Mrs. Frazer for all the energizing food you packed for us on our hike, and for the delicious supper you gave us at such a late time of the night! We will forever have wonderful memories of this trip!

    Love,
    ~Samantha Marie~

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  2. Erica

    What special memories I have of that trip! The beauty of God’s creation never ceases to awe me as I consider that He stoops down to consider and care for a tiny, little being like me seemingly so small and insignificant among the grandeur of the mountains.

    It was a real joy to get to know you all better – to laugh and share together… what a precious time!!!

    Mrs. Frazer thank-you so much for all the work you went through to get supper for all of us without the help of your "army" of helpers! Your potatoes were delicious! In fact, I think I like your version even better! (I won’t ask for the recipe, though…)

    Love and Prayers,
    Erica Ashley

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  3. Elizabeth

    Erica, I agree with you about the potatoes. I actually did ask for the recipe… and didn’t get it. 🙁

    I loved that beautiful hike, too! I just love being out in the "wild"! I think that might be my favourite kind of being outdoors, but then, you know how my favourites change… 🙂

    Elizabeth

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