With a clear day upon us, we had a beautiful walk up to the White Mountain Ledge on the Hamlin trails, and found some nice views to the north. We got one glimpse of a snow covered Mount Lafayette when it cleared from its cloud blanket, but all the other mountains are still green.
|From the White Mountain Ledge|
There were beautiful views around the lake as well, with the dark blue water sparkling in the brisk north wind. Here is the scene looking northeast towards the Lakeland School. Old timers around the lake will remember when this was the Wicwas Lodge - maybe even some who remember the Lake Wicwas House? There is a great history of the site on Dean Dexter's New Hampshire Commentary, "Smith Corner, Lake Wicwas, Meredith NH" (Click Here).
We also visited Crockett's Ledge, where there are still many yellow trees looking looking over towards Lake Winnisquam.
This large structure - visible with binoculars - on the hilltop looking east towards Winnipesaukee was built in the last few years. Could it be just a private residence?
On our hike we saw lots of old tree stumps that are decomposing, and becoming hosts for moss, lichen, fungus, and now even small trees. These new residents will accelerate the rate of the stump's decay. Some of them have the appearance of tiny fairy yards.
|Lichen: Reindeer and British Soldier|
There is still plenty of color around the lake to enjoy!
|From Crockett's Ledge|