View Full Version : A Chance Meeting at Georgiana Falls (30-Jan-2010)

02-01-2010, 11:24 AM
For the past several weeks, a project has required my attention and it has had an impact on the time available for outdoor activity, like hiking for example!:)

I was able to break free from this project on Saturday around noon. This didn't leave a lot of time. So, a plan was quickly concocted for a short hike up the Georgiana Falls Trail. Then from the end of this trail, I planned to do a short bushwhack to Bog Eddy which is a place I'd never been before. About midway up the Georgiana Falls Trail, I had a chance meeting with a very nice guy named Owen who I'd never met before. He had also gotten off to a late start, and incredibly, he had the same exact itinerary in mind!:cool: We joined forces and continued our adventure together.

The views from Bog Eddy were the highlight of the day. A few of the snapshots taken from that location are shown below. In the first photo, there are the "lumps" of Mt. Pemigewasset and the Franconia Range in the background,. And in the foreground, on the right side of the picture, is yet another snow-covered "lump" which is a beaver lodge near the edge of the bog.

Bog Eddy Viewpoint: Mt. Pemigewasset ; Franconia Range; and Beaver Lodge

In addition to the above view from the bog, there were other nice views of surrounding mountains to the west and northwest, as shown in the two photos below.

Bog Eddy Viewpoint: Kinsman Range


Bog Eddy Viewpoint: Mt. Wolf (highest peak at upper left of photo)


On the way up to Bog Eddy, a snapshot was taken from near the top of the Georgiana Falls/Harvard Falls complex. From here, you peer down at I-93 off in the distance. Probably many of you have seen this vantage-point in the distance as you travel northward on I-93. Particularly during the winter months and during the Spring run-off, it appears as a "white spot" near the top of a ridge on the west side of the Interstate corridor in the vicinity of Lincoln.

Looking at I-93 from the Top of the Falls


There were many other eye-pleasing views along Harvard Brook on the way up to Bog Eddy. In the photo above, you might have noticed a unique display of ice cycles in the lower left corner. In the photo below, the view of that particular ice-formation has been isolated (or should that be "ice-olated":D).

Ice Cycle Close-Up


Also all along the way, there were numerous frozen cascades such as the one shown below.

Frozen Cascades


And so, although the hike was relatively brief, it was an unexpected pleasure to have a chance meeting with Owen who I had never met. And, it was fantastic to get to a spot where I had never been, i.e. Bog Eddy.


02-01-2010, 11:26 AM
Great shot. The icicles were amazing. Thanks

Patrad Fischroy
02-01-2010, 12:32 PM
Very nice photos indeed. The shot of the icicles brings to mind the gaping mouth of some mythical monster. If anyone has seen any movie trailers recently, I am thinking of the Kraken in the new version of Clash of the Titans.

Snow Miser
02-01-2010, 04:30 PM
Beautiful pictures as usual John! Gald you were able to break away from work on such a nice afternoon. Thanks for posting.:)

02-01-2010, 05:59 PM
That was a short hike? Unbelievable, just so beautiful...

Anna LeBlanc
02-01-2010, 09:13 PM
John,I can finally say we've done snowshoeing to Georgiana Falls in the past and it was every bit as beautiful then as it is now in your pictures.You brought back some happy memories.

Thank you again for your TR and terrific pictures.



02-02-2010, 07:41 AM
We've been out to Georgiana Falls in summer and hadn't even thought about it as a winter hike. What a beautiful set of scenes! Thanks for taking us to more great places John!

02-02-2010, 09:16 AM
Chris; Patrad; Bob; Kathy; Anna; Mark: Thank you, each and everyone, for your very complimentary replies. And Patrad, I can see what you mean about the icicles resembling the gaping mouth of some mythical monster! Anna and Mark, good to hear that both of you have been to Georgianna Falls. It's a nice hike during any season of the year. As a winter hike, there is the advantage of having the snow to sort of smooth out some of the rough terrain along certain sections of the trail.