During the first weeks of fall I was running around like a crazy person in all sorts of weather, at all hours of daylight, taking pictures. I knew that the natural world was changing literally before my eyes, and what I captured today would otherwise be lost tomorrow . . . until the following year, when this glory would replay. (No guarantees that I’d be around to record it next year, though. I’m not being morbid: most years the peak colors occur during the High Holidays, when I’m not in the White Mountains to photograph them.)
Autumn is certainly a metaphor for life, especially when you are middle-aged. It’s an ebbing, but with a last hurrah before winter sets in. It’s fleeting – so carpe diem!
Black Cap Trail is one of my favorite “easy” short hikes in the White Mountains. Yes, there are steep parts – it’s a climb to a mountaintop, after all – – but it’s definitely rated “G”: anyone can do it.
I once saw a 94 year old woman make the climb to the top, albeit slowly! It’s not a long hike, and it’s even suitable for parents with babies on their backs. Small children hike it with a great sense of accomplishment. The views, as you will see, are fantastic.
Black Cap Trail is located off of Hurricane Mountain Road in Intervale, New Hampshire. Hurricane Mt. Rd. is a connector road to Evans Notch that is open to vehicles only in the summer through early fall; it’s simply too narrow and steep to maintain safely for winter driving.