Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Hampshire with Nataly

Today's post focuses on some beautiful sightseeing I was able to do while in New Hampshire. Between the two retreats, I had a little time off and I was lucky to have Nataly (Nataly's Needle Creations) show me some of the local landscape - she gave me a choice of going shopping or going hiking...and since I can go shopping at home, I chose to hike the trails at The Lost River Gorge and The Flume Gorge...and I am absolutely certain I made the best choice! The autumn leaves were in the midst of changing colors and were gorgeous shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown...the scenery was SPECTACULAR.

We started out first thing in the morning and had an enjoyable ride to The Lost River Gorge - I was quite impressed with this destination - there were fabulous boardwalks that led you through the gorge and along the way there were unbelievable views of the foliage, the river, waterfalls, caves, wildlife, and was such a unique experience and far removed from anything I see in Iowa. Here are a few favorite photos:

After a refreshing hike through The Lost River Gorge, we drove to The Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch State Park. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty...and again, there was a fabulous boardwalk that gave us an up close look at the Flume Covered Bridge, the Flume Brook, Avalanche Falls (a 45 foot waterfall), Table Rock, and Glacial say this hike was breathtaking is an understatement - I was speechless as we followed the (seemingly endless) boardwalk to the top of the waterfall - it was incredible! Again, here are just a few of my favorite photos...

It was such an inspiring and relaxing day...and the weather was perfect! Nataly - thank you so much for spending a big part of your day with me and for showing me just a touch of the beauty New Hampshire has to offer - I could not have asked for a better tour guide and friend to show me the sights - you provided me with many fond memories that I will cherish!

I think that about does it for the the sights of New Hampshire and the New England Stitching Retreats...there will be one more post featuring my stash and items I purchased during my visit - and a few of the gifts I received from attendees...and since I had to ship them home, you will have to wait until they arrive (which can't be soon enough for me!). I am hoping to do some sewing before I head to California next week - so new creative posts are headed your way soon, as well...

Thank you for taking this journey with me...


  1. I've visited the Flume area many times, but not in recent years. It is gorgeous. I love seeing your photos of the natural beauty and the bridge.

    Too bad the Old Man fell off the Mountain a few years ago. He was awesome!


  2. Thank you for sharing your photos. The foliage is gorgeous and you must have had a wonderful time seeing the beauty of nature.

  3. ooooohhh just love your walk .. wish I could have joined you in seeing the wonderful scenery and the sound of the waterfall..... love mouse xxxx

  4. What beautiful pictures how lovely the weather was for you to take them, they look like they were done by a proffesional photographer.
    Thank-you for sharing.

  5. Oh my, Belinda! What glorious pictures of Nature's finest you have shared with us! What a fabulous hiking experience you had while in NH!


  6. You definately made the better choice. Lovely hiking day.

  7. It certainly is a beautiful part of the country! Your photos are fabulous! You could have a second career going there!