I left my house @ 3:30 this morning and arrive at the Cardigan AMC lodge @ 6:45 The sun was just starting to come up and I hit the trail @ 7:00 after doing a little bit of stretching to try to make sure my knees did better this time (they didn't "ouch"). The trail was really in great shape covered in colorful leaves.
All was great pretty much all the way to the summit where it go very, no let me rephrase that extremly windy and cold. When I left my truck it said 38 degrees and with this wind it had to be single digits.
I did not stay on the summit long and headed over to Firescrew and as usual on the way down the granite both knees started to bother me again so when I got a little further down on went the knee braces but that only helped a little. By now I was out of the wind and a little warmer. It does not take to long to get over to Firescrew and the trail is marked really good. The view were pretty but you can still see alot of green.
I also came upon I guess you could call this a little pond.
I took my time decending back to the lodge and met alot of really nice people on thier way up.I also found this little leaf just begging for me to take its picture.
Well the hike back to the truck was pretty uneventful except for hurting knees it was a great hike. I got a big surpise when I got back to the truck because when I got there, there was only about 8 cars now it was 11:15 and both parking lots were full and there had to be about 20-30 cars parked on the road. As recommended I stopped at the orchad and brought home a fresh baked apple pie. I highly recommend Delicious. I have a more pictures in the link below so feel free to look. Althou some of the pic's. are out of order. (sorry)
Thanks for the great TR Chris!! Sorry to hear about your knees, Joe has that problem too. With me it's mainly my back, and heel spurs in the left foot. Beautiful pics, who cares if they aren't in order?? If you hadn't of said anything I wouldn't have known the difference.
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Were you up in Pinkham Notch late this afternoon ( @ 5:30)??????
I saw a NH license plate "MSCNTRY" pulled off Rt 16 in the vicinity of 19 Mile Brook trail head as I was leaving a <very> long day of work.
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You got the very best part of the day so Good on YOU!
The clouds did rise this afternoon giving a God'ly good show for the patient and mindful of the after 4 pm October Kodak Moments.
Sorry for the traffic cluster, believe me, I felt it, too. I should have tooted at you but didn't see anyone in the car.
Great TR Chris. You really paid the price for the very early start with the cold and wind. We debated until the last second (about 20 minutes before the exit) and wound up doing Morgan/Percival or we might have met you on the trail as well (would have been about a 10:00 start if we did Cardigan). I'll post my TR later today. Sorry to hear that the knees are still giving you problems. Sure takes something out of the hike. Thanks goodness for "vitamin I".
Wow, what lovely, lovely photos. Thank you so much for posting them! You got the foilage views I had hoped to have today. Congrats on a great hike!
Great pictures and Tr, Chris! Nice hike, that Cardigan!
Beautiful pictures! Glad you had a good hike! Cardigan is a wonderful mountain!