Sitting high atop Stairs Mountain overlooking the vast White Mountains of New Hampshire.

 

One evening last fall I had the pleasure of staying in a most spectacular and spacious room.

A room like no other.

Its walls beautifully decorated in shades of evergreen and autumn gold, with well placed splashes of crimson.

The finishing touch, a border of distant mountains under a nearly cloudless blue sky.

The cost of this room, merely miles underfoot, the reward for a nights stay, immeasurable.

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62 thoughts on “A Room With A View Revisited

    1. Thanks! The Whites are definitely a wonderful place. And two weeks from today I’ll be on a 32 mile, 9,000 ft elevation gain, backpacking trip through the heart of them.

        1. Fortunately I tend to sleep warm. Of course I also have the choice between my 15° and my new 30°(which will be going on its maiden voyage in two weeks!) down sleeping bags. Comfy cozy in a big bag of feathers is how I sleep 🙂

        1. That wouldn’t be too tough to take either! Did I also mention that I’m also very close to the seacoast? 😉

          Though even on the hottest of August days the water at the beach is pretty darn cold!

        1. Yes! That connection is a very large part of it. My one and only regret is waiting until my late 40’s to actually start pursuing this particular dream. It’s always been there, but another interest or hobby always seemed to push it to the back burner.

        1. I also carry a plastic shopping bag with me when I’m in the middle of nowhere. I pack out what I bring in, and occasionally I’ll find things left by others. One thing about back country travel, almost everyone is extremely good about following the principals of “Leave No Trace.” However, a dropped wrapper can happen to the best of us. So I have my trash bag for myself and what others may accidentally leave behind.

    1. Thanks Julie! In two weeks I’m headed for a 3 day, 2 night, 32 mile, 9,000 ft of elevation gain, backpacking trip into the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the White Mountains. I’m hoping the rooms will have equally spectacular views.

    1. Thank you Brandon. I’m not much for bragging, but I have stayed in some of the finest “rooms” New Hampshire has to offer. I can see why those less fortunate would be jealous 😀

  1. My favorite type of room. I like that you included the boots, even though I know you generally shun having people in your photos. It adds a point of (human) interest and a size perspective, yet leaves the focus on nature’s grandeur.

    janet

    1. Yes, I do like to keep the riff-raff out of my photos, but I’m going to be making a few exceptions very soon. I have a backpacking trip in 2 weeks, and there are a few shots I have planned that just call out for a person in them to show the scale of the scene.

    1. Thank you. The Smokies are on my bucket list. Probably won’t happen until I retire though. That’s when I hope to thru-hike the AT. Pretty sure hiking from Georgia to Maine will give me plenty of photo ops. 😉

      1. No doubt! Your challenge will be to figure out how to carry camera equipment! I’ve a friend who hiked the Virginia portion (the longest state section of the AT) and his daughter was a thru hiker. What an experience!
        The AT is a big part of hiking in SW Virginia.

        1. Yes, that will be the hardest part. It’ll be tough, but I will probably have to downsize. As much as I would like to, a DSLR and all the stuff that goes with it is not at all practical for a thru hike.

    1. One week from today I’ll be setting up again in such a room. 32 miles, 9,000 ft of elevation gain over 3 days in the wilderness. Most of the time above tree line with nothing but spectacular views in any direction.

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