Twins

The new season of Diablo kicking off last Friday’s night made us change our routine of hiking on Saturday and instead hiked on Sunday.
We have noticed that usually we hit more traffic on Sunday’s compared to Saturday’s and we decided to wake up at 4 AM to see if that would make our drive back better. I think it did, it was not perfect but better than our previous experiences on Sunday’s hikes.
We hiked the North and South Twin peaks. The first half up was mostly flat, with three easy water crossings. I still needed my walking poles to help me balancing the jumps between rocks though.
The second half was really challenging, most of the elevation gain was in that second half, very rocky terrain as anyone should expect in New England.
We found out on our way back that our downhill muscles were not tired and once we passed the rocky steep part we started trail running most of the trail on our way back to the car.
Surprisingly no mosquitos, maybe the mosquito season is ending?

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Nice views on Mt Garfield

This weekend we hikend Mt Garfield. It was a really enjoyable hike. Compared to other hikes in the whites it has a surprisingly little amount of rock scrambles. The trail up was beautiful and mostly in the shade. Albeit a 11.5 mile round trip, it was very enjoyable. Apparently it’s Liz’ new favourite trail now πŸ˜‰

view on top of Mt Garfield

Flume and Liberty May 13th

This past weekend had the perfect weather to be outdoors. Sunny, not warm, not cold. More importantly, almost no mosquitos! We both got a couple of bites though. We decided to check off two more of the 4K footers from the list and hiked Flume and Liberty.

We now understand what the fuss is about avoiding the Flume slide trail in wet weather/conditions.

At the end of the line we both agreed that it was a good decision to do the loop, totally worth it. The in-out route via Liberty Spring Trail would have been boring πŸ™‚

The Flume -> Liberty ridge line still had some snow πŸ™‚

Plenty of water crossings
Resting on top of Mt Liberty

 

Escaping 4th of July chaos

393 mile(632km) trip to Mtl

For this months’ traveling we decided to escape the chaos that usually unfolds around the 4th of July celebrations in the US (note, they’re celebrating independence day, i.e. #brexit1776).
However, keeping true to our approach of not planning things too thoroughly, we of course failed to realize that our chosen escape area hosted its own set of chaos:

Canada150 day and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

On Saturday we made our way up to Montreal via the lovely VT-100 Scenic byway, stopping in Burlington and crossing into QC in Noyan/Alburgh.


(rainy and cloudy on the way up)

So we found ourselves diving into the masses in Montreal on Canada day 2017. We stayed at a little Airbnb in Saint-Henri

Some more impressions from the days

Jazz festival
Le Grand Defi (1000km bicycle race) finale area

A lot of art on the buildings in Montreal
Pulled duck poutine!!!!!

Fancy houses on Mont Royal
Metro tunnels also look fancy here (at least without people)
Chilling after walking around all day
Paper rolls during a concert

MarchΓ© Atwater

On the way back we went biking on rails πŸ˜‰ 

Traffic!!

Stormy skies
Magnetic Hill — a tourist trap. Pretty much: Look at the road! 

Georgiana Falls in the White Mountains (on the way back)

And this concluded our little escape from Independence Day chaos.  We hit surprisingly little traffic on the way back and had some oysters to conclude the weekend.