From Keene to Mt. Washington

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Me by our steam engine train at the top

My friend Bernie came to visit for a weekend. I picked her up at Manchester Airport on Friday evening and it was a nice little airport & easy to get to.  I had seen the MOUNT WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY featured on the travel channel & have always wanted to do this. On Saturday, while on our way there, Bernie made reservations for later in the day since it would take us 2-3 hours to get there from Keene. We had lunch at a restaurant at the entrance road. It was fairly crowded and the lower level of the visiter center had a timeline display and a visual show of the history og the Cog railway. The train ride itself was a 3 hour round trip with no empty seats and we were given 20 minutes at the top which I wish would have been longer. At one point the train is straight up & down on an area on the mountain called "JACOB'S LADDER! It was a little scary but exciting nonetheless! We made it to the top and the views were gorgeous! I couldn't see the 3 states that you are supposed to see on a clear day.

This is taken from the steam engine train that goes up Mount Washington Mountains. Surroung states can be seen on a clear day.
  I thought we would be able to since it was a clear day in the high 70's at the bottom, but on top it was 20 degrees lower and sort of overcast and windy. We wanted to go on the observation deck, but you had to be a member. There were 2 girls wenching about how cold it was, but that what happens when you wear a bathing suit & ONLY that to the top of a mountain! Where is the "stupid sign"? Going back down, the thought crossed my mind of I wonder if this thing has ever let loose? We made it down with no problems.

 On our way home, we took a differnt way since it would be all highway because it was early evening. We saw a sign that said "The BASIN" so we stopped to see what that was about. There was a parking area and a path to walk a couple trails.

picturesque hotel
There were a couple little waterfalls and it was a quaint, quiet area! The Basin was formed by glaciers and is a smooth round area of stone and water from the stream. This is in Franconia State Park. After viewing the Basin, we headed back because it was starting to get dark.

If ever in this area of New Hampshire and not afraid of heights I suggest taking the stream train. Here is the website:  Cog railway

euphemy says:
I believe they are. I would recommend the Cog Railway. It was a great experience- hope you get a clear day for it. :)
Posted on: Mar 04, 2008
bkretzer says:
The wife and I are going New Hampshire this fall. We are really looking foreward to it. We were thinking of doing the Cog Railway. We have one in Colorado, too. It goes up to the top of Pike's Peak. That one, and the one there in NH, might be the last two in operation.
Posted on: Feb 29, 2008
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Me by our steam engine train at th…
Me by our steam engine train at t…
This is taken from the steam engi…
picturesque hotel
picturesque hotel
Hotel
Hotel
Beginning of the train ride
Beginning of the train ride
Scenery on the train ride included…
Scenery on the train ride include…
train tracks
train tracks
more scenery from atop Mount Washi…
more scenery from atop Mount Wash…
I believe it!
I believe it!
At the top of the summit of Mt. Wa…
At the top of the summit of Mt. W…
Beginning our desent
Beginning our desent
view on the way down
view on the way down
rocky lanadscape
rocky lanadscape
Bernie & I near Mt Washington
Bernie & I near Mt Washington
going down
going down
trail to the basin
trail to the basin
near the basin
near the basin
The BASIN: very picturesque
The BASIN: very picturesque
at the basin
at the basin
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photo by: euphemy