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Thread: 7 Days and 6 Nights Through New England

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    Default 7 Days and 6 Nights Through New England

    Well I just got back from a pretty cool trip through the New England (NY, VT, NH) area and figured I would get a trip report started. I think the best format is to get a post for each day, but that may change as I get this going.

    Right off the bat I'll speak to a few logistics of the trip and try to get everything framed out. I'd be leaving from Cleveland, OH and the girlfriend was only able to take 5 days of PTO; so I knew I was working with at maximum 9 days for the entire trip. I also wanted an extra day at the end to get things taken care of around the house before starting work on Monday or just as a safety net in case the trip didn't go as planned, so that brings me down to 8 days total. Working on this time line I came up with the rough plan of hitting the Adirondacks in NY, then working through VT, winding up in the White Mountains in NH. I was really most excited about the White Mountains and wanted to spend the most time there. Also realistically I can easily hit the Adirondacks on a weekend trip, not so much for the White Mountains. On the way back the Green Mountains in VT seemed like a good pit stop for driving. This won't be as large or intense as a good chunk of the trips here, but it's the longest trip for me and required the most planning, hopefully it's entertaining enough.

    So I guess I'll get talking about the actual trip now. As I mentioned starting out in Cleveland gave me about 5 1/2 hours of solid pavement pounding on I-90E. Not the most ideal situation in the world, but given the timeline it was necessary. I took 90 all the way to the Rome, NY exit and then hopped off there to take some state routes the rest of the way to the Moose River Plains wildlife area. This has not too much to do directly with the trip, but man do I hate toll roads! The entire stretch of 90 in NY is a toll road and aside from spending close to $20 each way these things are a pain to get fuel and food on. It would be about another hour or so on these State Routes and then we'd enter into the MRP area and find a camp site.

    All packed up and ready to roll on Saturday morning.

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    Once getting to the Moose River Plains around 6:00PM on Saturday, we found a campsite pretty quickly. I was a little concerned since these are first come first serve and we'd be getting there late on Saturday, but we didn't have any issues. But man are these the nicest 'primitive' camp sites I've ever seen in my life! Each site had at least 1 table, a concrete fire pit, and vault toilets. At any of the primitive campsites I've stayed at to this point, you're lucky if there is a pre-built fire pit. The sites are also secluded from each other as you'd expect. I honestly think I've paid to stay at camp sites that weren't even this nice.

    The Route

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    Campsite Pics

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    Sleeping setup for the week.

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    Bonus Dog and Beer shots.

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    I think that about wraps up everything for the first day. I'll detail the next day/night in the MRP in another post once I get the photos all edited.
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    Envious of your bed setup. Man I wish I could use my bed of my Ram 1500 Crew for sleeping quarters. Even with a camper shell it's too short. Plague of being a giant. I'm 6'6" so even diagonal its too tight.

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    The tablecloth makes camp dining so much classier.

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    More please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetroitDarin View Post
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    Good eye! It was actually pretty crazy how many foreigners (British, Australian, Hungarian, etc) we saw in the White Mountains that immediately recognized her. Usually I have to explain to people the breed and about them, but there were a lot of folks on point while we were out there.

    Quote Originally Posted by ramatl73 View Post
    Envious of your bed setup. Man I wish I could use my bed of my Ram 1500 Crew for sleeping quarters. Even with a camper shell it's too short. Plague of being a giant. I'm 6'6" so even diagonal its too tight.
    Yeah I really like the setup, only thing I wish that would be different is that I got a mid rise cap or had the cash for a Flippac or Habitat. I'm right at 6' so it works great for me, but yeah any taller and I don't know that I'd recommend sleeping in the bed. I think you need to find yourself an 8' bed!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeepingben View Post
    The tablecloth makes camp dining so much classier.
    Yeah the table cloth is a girlfriend things, apparently some of the campground tables are 'nasty'. Don't think I could care less.

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    More please.
    Day 2 photos are uploading!
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    Default Day 2

    So we woke up at camp in the Moose River Plains ready to do something other than sit in the car again all day. I did a fair amount of research on the area before hand to try and get a good idea of some trails to hit while we were there.

    Pretty close to where we camped was the trail Mitchell Ponds and we decided to go with that to start the day. The trial apparently used to be an old logging road so it was a pretty easy 2 miles out and 2 miles back. Walking the trail I was almost wishing you could still drive it since the road was in a pretty cool state.


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    Walking out.

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    Not sure how well the panorama will show up here, but we'll give it a shot.

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    Already acting tired after just the walk there.

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    After Mitchell Ponds we drove the rest of the road out to the Cedar River Flow area.

    9_24_Route by ebeiersdorfer, on Flickr

    There were a number of smaller bridges scattered around the road.

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    Good feel for what most of the road looked like.

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    Cedar River Flow.

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    The Dam.

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    When I started planning the trip I found out about Wakely Mountain and that it had a fire tower at the summit. It looked like a fairy easy hike that wouldn't chew up a ton of time. I was pretty excited about it to be honest, but a few days before we left I found out they had closed the fire tower earlier this year due to it being damaged.

    So we shot out of the MRP area and drove around on Route 28. There were a lot of cool views of this road and it made you want a personal photographer to take pictures while you were driving around. This was the first of many times I'd end up feeling like that on this trip.

    We last minute decided we wanted to fit in a little more hiking after driving around for a bit. We thought we found a pretty easy trail to Rock Mountain lake, that was just under a mile each way so we decided to take that. Well we ended up walking about a mile and a half a doubled back after not really hitting the lake. It wasn't until later that we realized we parked in the wrong spot and took the Rock River Lake trail, which took a longer route that didn't really get any great views. This turned out to be really the only 'mistake'. I'll take it since the worst that happened was we walked around in the woods a little longer than expected and didn't get to see a cool view.

    After the attempted hike we went back into the MRP area to camp again for the night as far East as we could on the road. Again it was a pretty awesome site for primitive camping with tables, concrete fire pit, and a vault toilet.


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    So I think that pretty much wraps up Day 2, stay tuned for more!
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    beautiful. Thanks for the V pics too
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    Sounds like a good trip! My wife and I just moved out to NY (just sound of Albany) with our Vizsla. We've done an overnight or two out in the New England and Penn but haven't gotten out nearly as much as we were back in WA. It'll be fun to follow along and live vicariously. If you ever come into the Albany area let me know, always fun to get multiple V's in one place.

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    Good to see you got some foliage! MA/NH has been hit or miss so far this year, some areas are very much turned over, others as green as a mid-summer weekend!

    Love the pup, too. My buddy has one and I constantly request photo updates. He's got her trained for pheasant hunting, and it's pretty cool to watch.

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