Prose Poem and Photo Gallery of our Anniversary Trip to New Hampshire

Photo Gallery of our Favorite Places around N. Conway, NH

Fun on a life-size chess board at Stonehurst Manor
Fun on a life-size chess board at Stonehurst Manor | Source
Mission bell by the life-size chess board
Mission bell by the life-size chess board | Source
Old 20th century rotary phone at Stonehurst Manor
Old 20th century rotary phone at Stonehurst Manor | Source
21st century girl chatting on a 20th century rotary  phone
21st century girl chatting on a 20th century rotary phone | Source
2 Griffyns guarding the library in the Castle in the Clouds
2 Griffyns guarding the library in the Castle in the Clouds | Source
Steps to the gardens at the Castle in the Clouds
Steps to the gardens at the Castle in the Clouds | Source
Flowers in the garden at Castle in the Clouds
Flowers in the garden at Castle in the Clouds | Source
Metal horse swing by the carriage house at Castle in the Clouds
Metal horse swing by the carriage house at Castle in the Clouds | Source
North Conway railroad station - the way we know we're "almost there" (Stonehurst Manor)
North Conway railroad station - the way we know we're "almost there" (Stonehurst Manor) | Source
Old train fare sign at the N. Conway station
Old train fare sign at the N. Conway station | Source
Here comes the train!
Here comes the train! | Source
From the bottom of the waterfalls at Diana's Baths
From the bottom of the waterfalls at Diana's Baths | Source
In the middle of Diana's Baths
In the middle of Diana's Baths | Source
Almost over the edge of the waterfall, at Diana's Baths
Almost over the edge of the waterfall, at Diana's Baths | Source
Playing with floating leaves in a heart-shaped pool
Playing with floating leaves in a heart-shaped pool | Source
Small corner of Diana's Baths
Small corner of Diana's Baths | Source
Waterfalls along the Kancamangis Highway
Waterfalls along the Kancamangis Highway | Source
Panoramic vista along the Kancamangis Highway
Panoramic vista along the Kancamangis Highway | Source
Each view was more vibrantly colorful than the last
Each view was more vibrantly colorful than the last | Source
The friendly black bear guarding the entrance to Zeb's General Store
The friendly black bear guarding the entrance to Zeb's General Store | Source
Talking moose inside Zeb's General Store
Talking moose inside Zeb's General Store | Source
White Birch Books in North Conway, NH
White Birch Books in North Conway, NH | Source
Leaf-carpeted path to an old, magical hidden stone bridge
Leaf-carpeted path to an old, magical hidden stone bridge | Source
View through the arch of the old stone bridge
View through the arch of the old stone bridge | Source
Posing under the arch of the old stone bridge
Posing under the arch of the old stone bridge | Source

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.

Farewell

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 ~


Namaste!

© 2011 Karen Szklany Gault

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Thank you for being so unique! The pictures and thoughts are just beautiful and authentic. Voted up and awesome.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

So honored, Kitty! Thank you so much for stopping by to read this hub, and for your appreciative comments. Have a great week. :0)


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have some beautiful interesting photos.

Thank you for sharing


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thank you for stopping by to read, look, and leave kind words, Rosemay. Glad you liked them!

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