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Bethlehem Travel Blog

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Apple Hill Campground, Bethlehem, NH

This short leg from Vermont was a beautiful drive. Route 2 ran right across the Green Mountains of Vermont and into northern New Hampshire. Rolling hills and big barns one of which was 3 stories high. It was huge. Drove into Bethlehem and pulled into the Apple Hill Campground. My site was in heavy woods so once again no TV for the length of my stay.

While growing up, my family used to come up to Twin Mountain, NH for about 6-8 weeks in the fall. My mom was bothered by severe asthma and by coming up into the higher elevations of the White Mountains, she got relief from the pollen down in Massachusetts where we lived. When I graduated from High School, I got a job working on the Mount Washington Cog Railway so I was very familiar with this area and this was an opportunity to revisit places of my youth.

Littleton, NH

Took a ride into Littleton, NH where I checked out the largest candy counter in the world and had lunch at the Littleton Diner where I used to stop in the 1950's. Nothing had changed except the prices. From Littleton, I drove down to Fabian and saw the beautiful Mount Washington Hotel. It is the only one left of the many grand hotels that used to be all through the White Mountains. Came back through Twin Mountain and drove by the cottage my family used to rent in the 1950's. It has been winterized but other than that, it looked the same. I attended the local school each fall and the building is the same except it now has been converted to the town hall. Talk about a "walk down memory lane".

The visit to the Mount Washington Cog Railway was great as I spent 3 of the best summers of my life working on the train as a breakman and fireman.

Cog railway, NH
The fireman shoveled 1 ton of coal on each trip and some days we did 3 trips up the mountain. I must have been in great shape to be able to do that day after day. Got comped for a ride up the mountain and I was able to sit on the front platform with the brakeman who pointed out all of the changes they have made to the train and track since I worked there. Working conditions have improved quite a lot, they don't work 7 days a week anymore, pay scales are good, training, mechanical upgrades and other changes make it a good job. I told the engineer that when he gets as old as I am, the smell of coal gas/smoke acts as good as Viagra. he almost laughed himself out of the engine. After a visit on the summit, I rode down with the brakeman and he showed me how the new brakes worked.
The Basin, NH
He even invited me to give them a try but I declined. The lives of 50 people were at stake.

After this visit, I went to the other side of Mt. Washington and took the Wildcat Mountain gondola up to the summit of Wildcat. The views were great.  Another day trip took me down Franconia Notch where I revisited the Basin and Flume. The Old Man of the Mountains unfortunately is gone now. This landmark finally slipped and fell. He still is featured on New Hampshire license plates. The Whie Mountains are a beautiful place to visit. Don't miss a trip there. 

Summary: Elk Rv Parking: 45; Escapee RV Parks: 25; Public RV Parks: 34; National Parks: 49; Ships: 10; Forts: 20.

Expenses: 36 months on the road with an average of $1958 per month.

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Cog railway, NH
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Summit of Mt Washington
Summit of Mt Washington
Summit, Mt Washington
Summit, Mt Washington
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Basin, NH
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Cog Railway, NH
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basin, NH
White Mountains up high
White Mountains up high
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Cog Railway
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Mt Washington from Wildcat Mt
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Wildcat MT
Wildcat Mt
Wildcat Mt
Apple Hill, NH
Apple Hill, NH
Apple Hill, NH
Apple Hill, NH
Bethlehem
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