White Mountain leaf peepin’

This weekend I decided to HIKE ALONE and get in some unseasonably late leaf peepin’ in the whites. 

peepage... ZOOMHANCE

peepage… ZOOMHANCE

Because I have a phobia about hiking alone, I chose Welch-Dickey, a short and very popular loop hike where someone would most definitely find my body 🙂 It’s also a great hike to take non-hikers on because there are mega view payoffs with (relatively) little effort.

soooo peepage

soooo peepage

This weekend seems to be right at peak for the lower whites and a bit past peak for higher elevations, so I chose my hike wisely.  From I-93 I could see Lafayette, Lincoln, and Canon with more than a dusting of snow already.  Winter is here, y’all (if you’re hanging out around 4000+ feet).  The temperatures were also hovering around freezing and it was pretty blustery so Welch-Dickey was busy but not the highway it can often be.  Win!  That also meant that ice is already starting to form over the rock slabs, so be careful, y’all!  (I’m sorry, I’ll really stop trying to say y’all… I’ve been watching a show that takes place in the south, y’all!).

thank you random couple, for standing there and giving the image some context of scale :)

thank you random couple, for standing there and giving the image some sense of scale 🙂

I don’t really have much to add about the hike itself, which can be found all over the interwebz, so I’ll just show some purty leaf peepin’ pictures.  The colors this year were better than in recent memory, but I still think that my first year in New Hampshire (2009) had the best peepin’.  I’ve included some pictures from past years so you can decide for yourself 😛

a random dog!  welch-dickey 2009

a random dog! welch-dickey 2009

pannoooo. welch-dickey 2009

pannoooo. welch-dickey 2009

chocorua, 2010.  this was way past peak but my friend on the lower right cracks me up :)

chocorua, 2010. this was way past peak but my friend on the lower right cracks me up 🙂

flume gorge, 2011

flume gorge, 2011

mt. washington as seen from wildcat, 2014

mt. washington as seen from wildcat, 2014

I took the meandering long way home via the Kancamagus scenic highway, which it turns out was already way past peak, so I got stuck behind lots of slow Massachusetts drivers for no reason, y’all!  The end!

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