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    Default Transitions: Parts of Two Weeks in the North Country 9/3-13/12


    tran-si-tion [tran-zish-uhn, -sish-] noun
    1. movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

    The past year has brought us several transitions. The biggest of these has been accepting the slow change in energy and endurance of our beloved dog, Emma. She has just passed the thirteen year mark on her life journey and although she is still willing we have slowed our own hiking pace to match hers, just as we had increased it to match her when she was younger. An injury earlier this year which required surgery to correct put a damper on things, but she has since recovered excellently and is once again strong on the trail. We are very grateful for this, but we have toned down our hikes somewhat. Fair is fair!

    One of the things we have done during this transition is to take up kayaking. After years of sharing a canoe a little separation was needed! This has worked to keep us in the outdoors we love and to also get some exercise as well as visit new and beautiful places. Besides our backpacking tent we have picked up a larger car camping tent so that we can venture further from home without having to pull our 1000 lb camper on the long journeys. This saves on gas when it is priced so ridiculously.

    Our first trip in the new tent went well. I will spare you the entire dialogue which can be read by clicking on the links. I'll just let the pictures do the talking with some excerpts from the trip reports along the way:

    Part I: Little Diamond Pond/Coleman State Park 9/3-6/12

    Little Diamond Pond in Coleman State Park

    "In our never-ending quest to seek out new places and do new things we took a trip further north than we had ever been in New Hampshire before. This trip brought us north of Dixville Notch to the town of Colebrook, and to Coleman State Park, that has within its borders a small pond by the name of Little Diamond Pond. I am not sure of the origin of the name, but it is truly a "Diamond " in the rough. Rather than hauling our pop-up camper all that way we opted to field test our new tent. We took our new Coleman tent to Coleman State Park in Colebrook. How d'ya like them apples? The tent passed its quality test with flying colors when we got two inches of rain in a deluge Tuesday night."

    The dialogue and a full set of pics is HERE:

    Common Loon Gavia immer

    Sunrise on Little Diamond Pond

    Loon at Dawn

    Before and After 2" of Rain: Pictures of the Waterfalls in Dixville Notch

    Huntington Falls

    Baby Flume

    Beaver Brook Falls

    Video of Beaver Brook Falls HERE:

    "We had never been to Dixville Notch, so before heading out to our hike of Table Mountain we drove through the notch. On the east side there are some pull outs that bring you on short walks to some nice waterfalls. The summer has been so dry these were barely running at a trickle. The notch was foggy and the sky was just a dull gray with no delineation of clouds to be seen. We stopped at Huntington Falls and walked well past the 10 minute to Upper Falls sign. The gorge it ran through was a beauty and we could only imagine it filled with spring run-off."

    The dialogue and a full set of pics is HERE:

    Last edited by KD Talbot; 09-15-2012 at 08:41 PM.

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