So, we flew into Boston, in heavy snow, after spending much of one Friday evening
in the Newark airport feasting on airport hot-dogs and popcorn. It
was already nearly midnight and we had a two hour drive to Waterville Valley.
After renting the car, we spent about 10 minutes trying to thaw the trunk
out enough to open, but eventually we gave up and just piled the luggage
in the back seat. As it turns out there were no fast food restaurants
still open anywhere in the Boston area as far as we could tell, and believe
me we got off at nearly every exit to check. So we just decided to
worry about it later and drove into New Hampshire. As it turns out,
rest areas in New Hampshire close their rest rooms after midnight.
I'm not sure why they do this, but it can be very annoying. Luckily
the third rest area was still open. We didn't want to push our luck
so we ate there too. Pop tarts and Fruit Pies are at least as nutritious
as hot dogs. Anyhow, we did finally arrive at the hotel, around 2:00
in the morning and I should add, it was still snowing. The view
from our hotel is shown at left; the actual mountain is way off in the
The skiing turned out to be pretty nice once we figured out the cardinal rule
of Waterville Valley which is: don't ski all the way to the bottom of
the mountain. The picture here shows the view from the lodges at
the bottom and as you can see if you look closely, the mountains levels off
a bit way up there and then past that is another set of slopes going up.
Actually, there's yet another set past that but it's way up there in the
fog. Anyhow, as long as one doesn't return to the scene of this picture,
one can get on a ski lift fairly easily. Way up there at the top
is the Schwendi Hutte, which is not only fun to say, but it's warm and
serves good food (except for the potato salad). Other things to do
in Waterville Valley mostly includes ice skating with every small child
in northern New Hampshire, or alternatively you can sit in a hot tub with
every teenager in northern New Hampshire. We chose to do neither
of these things, opting instead to sit in the hotel pub and play darts
and Jenga (we only lost one piece behind the bar) and listen to local bands
do bad covers of Credence Clearwater Revival songs (and worse covers of
Dave Matthews). It was a comfy, mellow pub with a quiet and tolerant
There's not much in the immediate vicinity of Waterville Valley. However,
we did journey to nearby Loon Mountain one night (in driving snow) to partake
in snow tubing. Unfortunately we have no pictures as not many cameras
would've survived the experience of bouncing uncontrollably down an icy
slope on an inner tube. Besides, the better picture would've been
of one of the people who were unable to jump on top of a stationary inner
tube and landed on their face in the snow instead. Also relatively
nearby is the state capitol in Concord (shown here) which really is the
only thing of any interest in Concord as far as we could tell. The
drivers of Concord do however get a thumbs up for not running over David
as he took this picture.
And now we shall end this trip with a small history lesson. As we all
know by now, way back in 1770-something a couple of frisky farmers with
guns shot at some British soldiers and now we have our own currency.
Those shots were fired here (in this picture), on the Lexington green (it
is apparently green during other seasons), in front of the old and picturesque
Lexington church. The little gray monument lists all the "Americans"
who died in the battle (there were about seventeen or six or twelve or
some fairly low number). We sincerely hope everyone appreciates this
picture since we had to trek out into several feet of snow to take it.
There's a nice Minuteman statue at the other end of the green, but we would've
been killed in traffic had we tried to take a picture of it. Sorry.