I’ve camped in The White Mountains of New Hampshire every summer as far back as I can remember, this July was no exception. I’ve camped a lot this year as I’ve been chipping away at my #Camp50 list but, work has been so crazy that I NEEDED TO GET AWAY!!!, I had to make time for some much needed R&R. The decision was made, I packed up our gear and we headed NORTH for a five day camping trip.
My favorite campground, part of the National Forest is at the mid point of the Kancamagus Highway Route 112. The Kancamagus is a 34.5 mile scenic highway with several trail heads, lookout points and campgrounds along the way. The campground I always stay at is called Jigger Johnson. The sites are spacious, the host has become a seasonal friend and JJ (as I call it) is the only campground along the Kanc that has flush toilets and hot showers. I like showers when I’m camping. A friend once said, that the showers there were expensive, 8 quarters for 6.5 minutes but, I think he’s wrong…… I’ve been to other showers in the area and this one is the BEST and what does he know anyway? 😛
Since this is a first come first serve campground, arrival day/time is always important. For some stupid reason I decided to head up early on a Friday which was not my usual approach to claiming my site, usually I head up on a Wednesday or a Sunday (trust me those are the best days to claim a site), I arrived and Gary said, your site is taken so, I ended up in the tent only section which I hadn’t camped in for about 8 years, it was a different experience than we were used to, since Patriot and I like things a certain way when we’re camping and the tent only section has smaller sites and are closer together but, at least we had a home.
As always, once the sky begins to brighten, we head out for some early morning photography and trail running for Patriot.
There are some differences between this July and the past July trips. This was the first time in 5 years that I did not go to Seek The Peak and this is the first time in years that I spent all my time along the Kanc, except for grocery store supplies in North Conway. I’ve always wanted to just stay along the Kanc, so on this trip I stayed along the Kanc and captured some of my most beautiful images of The White Mountains to date.
This was the best trip to The White Mountains for me. Here are a few of my photos from this trip……… Hope you enjoy them.