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Feb 2007 - New Hampshire
Manchester - Seacoast - White Mountains
     I finally made it back!  It took a business trip to get me back up to this neck of the woods, but back just the same.  I owe a big thanks to a few former co-workers from this area for getting me back this way.  Its has been years since I have been to New Hampshire, but it has not been for a lack of wishing to jump in a vehicle and trek this direction.  I lived in New Hampshire about ten years ago and fell in love with just about everything in and about this state.  The people are great, the seacoast is pretty, the towns are post card perfect, and I will never be able to get enough of the White Mountains.  If you ever get the chance to visit New England, do your best to experience the people and places that New Hampshire has to offer.
     This was a business trip so I didn't get to see and visit everything that I would love to.  Like I eluded to before, New Hampshire is not lacking in people to see, interesting history, places to see, and things to do.  Below is what I was able to squeeze in during this trip.  I say this trip because I can almost guarantee I'll be back again with the hope that the next trip will not be another ten years away!
     I used to live in Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire.  Where these few pictures were taken is a spot that is within walking distance of my old apartment downtown.  This is the Merrimack River, which originates in Franklin, NH, passes through Manchester, and then into Massachusetts before cutting east and emptying out in the Atlantic Ocean at Plum Island.  One of these days I would love to get on this water trail and get some paddling in.  Once you get out of the city as almost always along rivers, the scenery is to die for.  Not to mention, I have heard that the fishing is pretty good...    

Local Interest, Merrimack River in Manchester, New Hampshire

Local Interest, Merrimack River Walk in Manchester, New Hampshire

Local Interest, Merrimack River Map in Manchester, New Hampshire

     One day after work I had just enough time to drive out to the shore.  I started out at Rye Beach (to the right) and drove down the coast to Hampton Beach.  Only having about 16 miles of shoreline, New Hampshire has the shortest amount of seacoast in New England.  Making my way south it wasn't long before I wound up in Seabrook just before the sun went down to the west...  These places look pretty barren now (my favorite time to come), but just wait till the summer months.  This place will be packed! 

Jennes Beach (Left) North Hampton (Center) Hampton Right)

    
     Nope, I wasn't climbing Mount Everest.  Nope, I wasn't on some reality TV show lost in some frozen tundra somewhere!  I was fortunate enough to be in one of my favorite places in New Hampshire.  The White Mountains!  My last full day on this trip I was able to take half a day to go skiing at Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch...  Sorry the pictures below turned out so dark.  But this is exactly how it looked at the summit and on the trails.  It was a cold-cold cloudy day with a little snow coming down. 

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