Prose Poem and Photo Gallery of our Anniversary Trip to New Hampshire
A Promise Kept
On the Road
It started with a 3 hour journey north
to rustic North Conway, New Hampshire,
to celebrate 10 years of marriage,
and 7 years of parenthood,
deep in the misty White Mountains.
A promise we made between the two of us on our honeymoon
became a dream come true for a family of three.
A second honeymoon we all took together,
full of wonder and fun,
even better than the first,
during our stay at Stonehurst Manor.
Day 2: The Castle in the Clouds ~
A stone castle up in the clouds
welcomed us to find its treasures within:
intimate bedrooms, kitchens, and nooks,
and a library guarded by a couple of griffyns.
In the library was a secret room, for reading, tea, and play,
just the size for a young person to quietly hide away.
Outside were wishing fountains and a covered promenade,
and down a set of mossy stone steps,
were gardens filled with flowers and butterflies,
where the garden fairies trod.
At the bottom of the mountain was a carriage house
with tree stumps to sit on and a swing shaped like a horse.
Then there were stables to visit
where some beautiful horses live,
and a pond full of rainbow trout
to feed before we set our course
back to the manor for the night.
Day 3: North Conway Scenic Railroad & Diana's Baths
The next day our adventures held
a train ride along a scenic railroad,
departing from North Conway station.
A storyteller and train music entertained us,
with the history of the places we saw
through the giant picture windows,
as we peered at nature, backyards, houses, and bridges.
Then on we ventured to climb rocks and roots
to the waterfalls named Diana's Baths :
a waterfall that ran over rocks, craters, and cliffs,
gurgling and giggling into heart-shaped puddles,
welcoming our company there.
We collected leaves and floated them,
and climbed upon the flat rocks to touch the water.
It was a magical place we didn't want to leave,
truly blessed by the Goddess Diana.
Day 4: The Kancamangis and the shops of North Conway
Winding our way up the misty White Mountains on a chilly, rainy day
along the Kancamangis Highway,
brought the magical autumn foliage closer to our hearts.
Vibrant, warm colors we saw across panoramic vistas,
along with stony waterfalls, and trees with roots that grew between rocks.
Then, back down the mountain we descended,
to browse our favorite shops downtown.
Day 5: The Journey Home
This sunny day we visited a magical stone bridge
in back of the small book store,
said our "goodbyes" and waved farewell to this gorgeous piece of paradise,
until our next return visit
in 5 or 10 years.
Photo Gallery of our Favorite Places around N. Conway, NH
I hope that you enjoyed this photo gallery of my family's trip to New Hampshire as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I hope that it has inspired you to visit the state and to enjoy the many national treasures that our country holds in the form of parks and historic sites.
Here's wishing you safe and happy journeys ~
Links to Our Favorite Places to Explore in NH:
- Stonehurst Manor in N. Conway, NH
The Stonehurst Manor provides lodging in North Conway New Hampshire and accommodations for weddings and holidays in the New England White Mountains with pet friendly rooms. Address: Route 16, PO Box 1937, North Conway, NH 03860-1937
- Conway Scenic Railroad
Train rides of varying lengths depart from the N.Conway RR station. There are cars with big picture windows and big wicker chairs, and dining cars for the hungry. Learn some history and listen to some train music while you view.
- Castle In the Clouds
Historic Lucknow Castle Estate in Moultonborough, NH. Lots of rooms to explore and gardens to walk about. Most gorgeous at peak foliage season.
- Diana\'s Baths Bartlett NH - North Conway NH waterfalls
Find detailed information on Diana's Baths Bartlett NH / North Conway NH here.
- Kancamagus Highway in NH: Welcome to the Kancamagus Scenic Byway!
Fun for the whole family, where you will make memories that last a lifetime along the highway, which is part of the White Mountain National Forest.
© 2011 Karen Szklany Gault
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