Travel on the Side


Took a quick drive this afternoon to some rural areas outside of Manchester, New Hampshire. The fall colors are really pretty right now. Spotted some gorgeous colors in…well…some cemeteries. Is that weird? I don’t think so. The first place I pulled in to was the Mt. Calvary Cemetery off of Goffstown Road on the west side of Manchester. After that, I was at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire…. Read More

Miller State Park near Peterborough, New Hampshire features a road to take you to the summit of Pack Monadnock (2,290 feet) where you’ll have great views of the Wapack Range. After driving to the top, I decided to get in some hiking and view the fall foliage.

Ahh, autumn…my favorite time of year. And the place to be is New England. After a morning trip to Flume Gorge, I was off for some leaf-peeping. First stop: Indian Head Resort, near Lincoln. They have a large (and rickety!) observation tower you can climb to get some good views of the area. Then it was off to drive the Kancamagus Highway (aka “The Kanc”) – New Hampshire Route 112 – through… Read More

Franconia Notch State Park near Lincoln, New Hampshire features the beautiful Flume Gorge. What I like about this is that it wasn’t discovered until 1808 by a nearly 90-year old woman whose family didn’t believe her when she told them! I did some hiking in the park and walked through the gorge. Also spent some time watching kayakers on the river.

I set my alarm for 4:00am. I was not going to miss this sunrise. Drove from Manchester, New Hampshire to the seacoast at Hampton Beach. The usual raucous crowds were gone. Just a few souls here and there walking their dog. So I staked out a spot along the seawall and the sun popped up right before me…a beautiful sight! After that, I drove up New Hampshire Route 1A. I stopped at… Read More

I love the good work that The Nature Conservancy does. One of those good works is the Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Great place to go on a short hike!

At 18 miles, New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. state. However, that 18 miles is beautiful and easy to explore. I started my morning in Hampton Beach, a fun town to spend at the beach. The waves were a little larger today due to a disturbance out in the ocean. After that, I headed north on New Hampshire Route 1A, stopped by Rye, and then headed to Odiorne… Read More

Drove up to Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire. Of course, New Hampshire is in the news every four years because of its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, which the state jealously guards. Also interesting: the state legislature, known as the General Court, is huge – 424 members. It’s the largest state legislature and the fourth-largest English-speaking legislative chamber…anywhere! Another oddity: Unlike most states, the term of governor is two years instead of… Read More

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire features a great collection of European and American art–including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and a Mark di Suvero sculpture out front. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area!

Manchester, New Hampshire is the largest city in the state and is an old mill town on the Merrimack River. With a nice, walkable downtown and plenty of bars and restaurants, there is a lot to like here. Here are a few photos, mostly from the downtown area.