Fall Colors 2012 with Adventure Caravans travel blog

Waiting for the train

Here she comes!

Conway Notch Train

Observation car

One of the crossings we went by

We crossed several streams like this

We were in the observation car on the way up

Trying for fall colors, but it was a rainy day.

Did a little better here.

Crawford Notch Station

yes that is the birthday boy and his train

Crawford Notch

A little pond across the street from the Crawford Notch--it was really...

Fall Colors and the notch

This was a picturesque town we saw from the train.

October 1, 2012-Today we are taking the Conway Train to the Crawford Notch and to Fabyans Station. The nice thing about the Glen Ellis Campground is that it is within walking distance of the railroad tracks where we pick up the train. The train stopped for us and we boarded. Some of us were in the observation car on the way up, then we would trade for the trip back.

We learned about the Crawford family and the Crawford Notch from a narrator on the train. I can’t remember it all, so I borrow from Wikipedia: “The notch became known to European settlers when found by Timothy Nash in 1771. The 1772 boundaries of Hart's Grant reflected its shape. It was named for Abel Crawford, an explorer, trail-builder and hosteler in the early 19th century. The Tenth New Hampshire Turnpike from Portsmouth was extended through the notch to Lancaster in 1803. The turnpike and later Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad through Crawford Notch opened a new route through the White Mountains for settlers of the area to the northwest to reach Conway on the way to the trading ports on the coast. A well-documented historic event within the notch was a rock-slide that killed the entire Samuel Willey family in August, 1826. The family fled their home during the storm to a prepared shelter but were buried by the slide and died in a mass of stone and rubble. Their home was untouched. Mount Willey, on the west side of the notch, is named in their memory. Further down the notch, Nancy Brook and Mount Nancy are named for an earlier tragedy. In the Carroll portion of the notch, the Appalachian Mountain Club has built and operates the Highland Center Lodge and Conference Center, and has renovated the Queen Anne style Victorian-era Crawford Notch Maine Central train depot as a bookstore. The depot remains a stop on the scenic "Notch Train" of the Conway Scenic Railroad, operated seasonally from North Conway.”

We visited the depot for an opportunity for souvenirs then got back on board the train.

While on the train the crowd sang Happy Birthday to me while the staff brought me a Hostess cupcake. Today is my 61st birthday. Last year 60 felt like a big deal—this year, not so much.

On the way back Susan stayed on the train to go all the way back to North Conway to do some shopping. I got off at our stop and went back to the trailer. But I didn’t stay long--I wanted some coffee and I might go to Walgreen’s for some medicine. (I have developed this miserable hacking cough that has been keeping me up at night). So Susan and I ended up in North Conway at the same time. I stopped at the same coffeehouse we had frequented 2 years ago when we took a driving tour up here at about the same time (Susan had been there about 30 minutes earlier), then I went on to Walgreen’s. She got back about 30 minutes after I did. She had traveled with Lorre, one of our fellow Caravaners, and gotten a ride back with her and her husband Ray.

That night we had a new event—the staff made up a big fire in the fireplace a pavilion at the campground and we prepared doughboys and smores. Doughboys are made using Grands biscuits molded around a wooden stick and baked over the fire. The mold makes the biscuit end up like an ice cream cone and you can put cherries or chocolate or other fillings in it. They were delicious. And we brought our pumpkin shaped marshmallows to give the smores a fall flavor. I didn’t take my camera, but it was a real hoot.

that Happy Birthday day. Train ride, doughboys and smores, Mike and Gail leaving.

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