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1HappyHiker
03-01-2010, 09:04 AM
It was a gray, cloudy day on the last day of February 2010. It appeared unlikely that the views would be particularly stunning from any peak on this particular day!
Cross country skiing seemed like a good option, especially since the opportunities for this sport will be gone before we know it. So, I headed over to Pondicherry in Jefferson, NH to ski a 5-mile loop consisting of a combination of the Colonel Whipple Trail and a portion of the railroad bed that runs through this wildlife refuge.

On a good viewing day, there is an awesome vista of the Presidential Range as viewed across beautiful Cherry Pond. However, on this overcast day, the mountain that dominated the scene was Cherry Mountain (as seen below). On its own merit, I think this is a very attractive mountain.


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There was just a hint of a Presidential view (as seen below), but what dominates this particular photo are the tracks made by some sort of vehicle (snowmobile, or ATV) that went across the pond toward the Presidential Range. Hope all on board made it OK!

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Also seen on this day was a dry-docked boat (shown below). It looked like it had been around the pond more than a few times during its life. But from what I could tell, it appeared sea-worthy enough for a few more voyages once the thaw occurs.


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Not far from the boat was a large tree shown in the snapshot below. Could this be a case where a beaver bit off more than it could chew! Or, perhaps this is merely a project that is still in the works and is scheduled for completion once Spring arrives?! (If you look closely toward the upper center portion of the photo, you can see a beaver lodge sitting at the end of a small peninsula.)


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And last of all, below is a photo that was taken when I stopped for a break while on the rail portion of my ski loop. I'm unable to come up with an appropriate caption for this snapshot, but it does give a whole new meaning to the term "track skiing".:D


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1HappyHiker

Brad
03-01-2010, 12:28 PM
John, you are one big dude! And the pictures are nice.

KathyC
03-01-2010, 12:41 PM
John, Cloudy or clear, your pictures are always stunning!!

I really do enjoy them.

Anna LeBlanc
03-01-2010, 08:55 PM
Thank you John for the pictures.It doesn't matter what the weather is they still look nice.I love the last one with your skis on the railroad tracks.:D

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Anna

1HappyHiker
03-03-2010, 12:12 PM
Brad, Kathy, Anna: This is a sincere thank you to each of you for your very generous comments.