The obligatory "Horton" shot. Bug stuff on....and we're ready to go.
This is the last you'll see of Steve because he'll be taking all the pictures!
Short road section leading up to the trailhead.
Trailhead....here we go and we start with a 2700+ foot climb to the top of Lovewell, which we don't love well.
False summit #1...major cairn stuff going on here.
View from the Summit of Lovewell and where we're headed.
Deb signing the trail register
In the middle of the woods, we came across this old foundation of a farmhouse, surrounded by apple trees. Pretty neat to see blossoming apple trees in the middle of a boreal forest. We wondered if maybe this was the old Lovewell Farm?
Another smaller foundation next to the other....probably the barn.
Old stone wall, probably hundreds of years old.
View of one of the runnable trail sections.
A groundhog that Tucker got a hold of and killed, unfortunately.... Instinct on his part, and he was so quick we didn't have time to call him off...
Another nice view....we had these all day long.
Some great trail work to keep our feet dry.
Yet another view, this time looking south. Great spring colors, as the trees are just leafing out.
Looking north....you can see the ridge that we'll be running along to the left.
Getting close to Lake Solitude at the base of Mount Sunapee
Another great view....but I like the SW better ;-)
Tucker waiting on me on a large boulder that the trail goes along. A few years ago, we had to traverse these rocks in the dark, and they were covered in a glaze of solid ice. Much nicer today.
Deb running towards me in her cute running skirt...I got to look at those legs all day! :-)
Lake Solitude,finally! This is the first time we've seen it, as it is almost always in dense fog.
More of the lake...Deb waiting for Tucker to finish drinking so we can get moving.
Another shot... It is a lovely secluded lake at around 2,000 feet elevation.
Yet another....Lake Solitude sits below Mt. Sunapee, a fair sized ski hill. You'll see it next.
Trail along the lake shore.
More lake shore trail.
More lake shot.
Finally on the summit of Mount Sunapee....Tucker just LOVES snow. This is a ski slope that hasn't melted yet.
Tucker is in heaven now! He rolled and rolled and dug his face in the snow. Pure joy! It was our first hot day, and we thought about joining him in the fun.
Sunapee ski stuff...
Map on summit of the ski runs.
View from the Summit looking NE...we think that is Mount Kearsage in the distance. A new trail, called the Sunapee/Kearsarge loop, extends 70 miles somewhere in that direction. We would like to explore it one day.
Lake Sunapee....many motor boats down there wasting expensive gasoline.
We're on our way back now and Tuck is getting hot.
Rin Tin Tucker....wants to get going so he can get in the back of the car and lie down.
Here, a whole section of young trees has been stripped of their bark. Either deer or moose, but since some of the stripping was over 6 feet from the ground, we're thinking moose. Lots of moose sign all along the trail.
This was my favorite section of trail....reminded me of northern New Mexico, where we lived.
Final shot....and right now the best view of the day :-)