Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Rainy Day in Crawford Notch

In sharp contrast from yesterday, today's visit to Crawford Notch was cold with wind-swept rain. It was a good day to test my EMS foul-weather gear. Regardless of the weather conditions our group of fifth-graders ventured out into the elements for some water analysis in the surrounding area. They were real troopers!

The rain was coming down sideways and I found that another layer of clothing was in order. While I was at it the winter hat and gloves, that I stuffed in my pack as an after-thought at the last minute this morning before leaving home, also went on. The cold rain then became quite tolerable. We visited a nearby brook and conducted several tests and recorded the data. Everyone was quite wet and we returned to the lodge to dry off and eat lunch.

After lunch it was time once again to venture out into the storm. The rain and wind continued. We set out for the Around-the-Lake trail and various places of interest along the way were pointed out. This was a hike around the Ammonoosuc Lake with a side trip to the Red Bench viewpoint - except there was no view today. Once again - the rain and wind were relentless and unforgiving!

My EMS waterproof shells passed the test with flying colors. At the end of the day I was drenched on the outside but inside I was bone-dry and warm. While this was not an epic hiking day by any stretch of the imagination it was in keeping with the theme of this blog about getting outside, learning about the great outdoors and at the same time we tested ourselves against the elements of nature. A fun day was had by all!

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