Weekend in the Whites

What a weekend! Maple, myself, our friends Matt and Mandy and their dog Kiji took off into the White Mountains for the weekend. I love the White Mountains; I always feel like I get a spiritual recharge being out there.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather (blue, blue skies and moderate temps) or finer company. All together we brought enough food for a week long stay and due to the fact that we were on snow machines we could easily haul all of it out there and back.

Friday was an easy 7-miles out and some delicious pasta with caribou spaghetti sauce courtesy of Mandy. That night a thin strip of the Northern Lights spanned the length of the sky – it was absolutely beautiful. Saturday started off with 8 AM pancakes followed with an hour long nap to digest the pancakes. We then geared up for a 47 mile round-trip. We ran into a ton of overflow which slowed us down a bit. (Overflow refers to the run-off from streams and creeks that freezes solid and creates large, distorted icy chunks of trail. The danger of Overflow is when the ice is not solid all the way through and the weight of bodies (or snow machines) will break through the ice into openly running water. Overflow is often a topic at Trapper’s Meetings.)

What follows are the highlights of the roughly 200 photos I took. Enjoy the photographic tour of the Whites!

The trail out.

The trail out.

Following Matt, Mandy and Kiji on the way out.

Following Matt, Mandy and Kiji on the way out.

Geared up for the way out.

Geared up for the way out.

Our home for two days...

Our home for two days…

Mandy unpacks.

Mandy unpacks.

Inside the cabin unpacking. We all had goggles...

Inside the cabin unpacking. We all had goggles…

The cabin cooker...this wood stove was AMAZINGLY efficient...

The cabin cooker…this wood stove was AMAZINGLY efficient…

The cooking area.

The cooking area.

Just some of the food we bought...

Just some of the food we bought…

Self-Portrait.

Self-Portrait.

Awesome stairs to the loft.

Awesome stairs to the loft.

Where Maple and I slept.

Where Maple and I slept.

Another view.

Another view.

One of the best parts of Winter Camping: Bringing Ice Cream!

One of the best parts of Winter Camping: Bringing Ice Cream!

Heck of a storm window, eh?

Heck of a storm window, eh?

Dusk begins to fall.

Dusk begins to fall.

 

In the trees as well.

In the trees as well.

Dusk Falls.

Dusk Falls.

Matt and Mandy cook deliciousness.

Matt and Mandy cook deliciousness.

We are full. And happy.

We are full. And happy.

Matt got up at 7 AM and made us all pancakes. I slept and then got up and ate pancakes. Life is hard.

Matt got up at 7 AM the next day and made us all pancakes. I slept and then got up and ate pancakes. Life is hard.

Maple ponders.

Maple ponders.

The Saturday Day Trip begins.

The Saturday Day Trip begins.

Overflow.

Overflow.

Overflow.

Overflow.

Matt surveys the overflow.

Matt surveys the overflow.

All the trails in the White Mountains are marked by signs like this.

All the trails in the White Mountains are marked by signs like this.473_786015901312_428159111_n188430_786015946222_8995488_n599162_786015896322_1624573364_n530506_786015886342_369779334_n

Midday fire.

Midday fire.

Boots warming.

Boots warming.

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Wind carved snow.

Wind carved snow.

Cheers and Love,

Maple and Me

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