Paddy’s June Adventures

You know you’re an endurance nut when your vacation includes hiking 20+ miles in New Hampshire and 30+ miles of biking in Maine, all in celebration of your girlfriend’s college graduation.  Paddy gives us some serious vacation-envy with some awesome stories and scenic shots.

Happy Summer! It is crazy how fast the last month flew by. Ben, Julia, and I finished up the Spring Term at Dartmouth just under two weeks ago. Since then I have been between Hanover and Lyme getting organized for the summer term and seeing friends before graduation. This past weekend my girlfriend Anne and I celebrated her graduation with a trip to the White Mountains and Acadia National Park.

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(The top of Pierce – first summit of the day)

We had an unbelievable day up in the White Mountains – almost perfectly clear skies and little to no wind. We went up with my parents and sister for the day. I started at the bottom of Crawford Path and ran up the southern Presidentials to meet up with them on Mount Washington after they hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail. It was crazy on top of Washington because the uphill road race was going on that morning. There were tons of people at the top watching the race; it was really cool to see the racers coming through the finish. In the confusion I ended up missing my family as they came over the top of Washington so I kept running North and did an out and back towards Mount Adams before running back down the Jewell Trail on Mount Washington. In total the loop ended being 20+ miles with nearly 7,000 feet of climbing! My legs are still a bit unhappy with me from that one…

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(View of Mount Washington and the northern Presidentials)

On Sunday Anne and I drove to Acadia National Park in Maine. Neither of us had ever been to the park and it was amazing exploring the island for a few days. My favorite expedition there was a road ride around the “Park Loop” road. The thirty mile loop circles the entire eastern half of the park and is mostly designated for one-way traffic making for really nice riding. To finish off the loop we rode up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point in the national park. All in all it was a great mini vacation and break before the start of the summer term!

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(Views from our bike ride on Park Loop Road)

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