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Alton’s Famous & Unique ‘Airport On Ice’ Busier Than Ever On Sunday, February 21, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


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Per my post a week ago our Alton ‘Airport On Ice‘ was back operational this year having, unusually, NOT been operational in 2020. That, however, was NOT because of COVID, but because the ice was not thick enough. Well that was last year. This year, given the rather harsh February we have had, the ice is plenty thick & strong.

Per the tradition the Airport kicked-into ‘gear’ on the Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day — which this year happened to be on THE DAY itself. So, that made it kind of special & as I said in my post there were lots of folks around, on the ice. BUT, there wasn’t many planes.

Not so today. It was as busy as I have ever seen it — maybe even busier (& I have two decades of experience with this airport). We even had traffic jams with planes having to queue up waiting. They even had take-off & landing window. They would let 3 to 5 planes land one after the other, while the planes wanting to take-off had to wait. It was like a big commercial airport at rush-hour, e.g., 5pm at O’Hare in Chicago. You can see 4 planes taxing in on the very top picture. All very cool.

The Airport will now be open till at least the end of February UNLESS we get a heatwave that makes the ice unsafe. So, we have at least another 2-weeks. I will keep you posted.

There are quite a few posts, from past years, on this ‘Airport on Ice‘.


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Alton’s Famous & Unique ‘Airport On Ice’ Back In Operation In 2021.

by Anura Guruge


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This annual, around Valentine’s Day, ‘Airport On Ice‘, unusually, was NOT operational in 2020. NOT, however, because of COVID but because the ice was not thick enough.

Not so this year. It has been plenty cold enough — as I know, to my cost.

The runway is plowed & maintained during most of February, BUT the Valentine’s Day weekend tends to be when it is most busy. That Valentine’s was on a Sunday this year meant that there was a LOT of people on the ice — COVID notwithstanding. Most, however, wore masks. That was good.

Not that many planes. At most about 5 at any given time. I have upwards of 15. Maybe 20 in other years. But, this is NOT a normal year. Actually I have been noticing that I don’t see as many small planes about as I normally do. So much so that when I hear one I look up. Most other years I hear a few each day. Not so in 2021. I noticed that the other day when I heard one. Surprised I.

It was good to see the planes. I always make a point of trying to visit the airport at least once during its height.

Enjoy.

There are quite a few posts, from past years, on this ‘Airport on Ice‘.


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First Walk On Lake This Winter — & It Was Pretty Cool.

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Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).

I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.

But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.


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Alton (NH) Property Tax For 2021 Is Up 11.5%, But Lower Than It Was In 2019!

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As soon as I saw the property tax bill today (which was late (by the way)), I knew at once that the rate had gone up. My payment was up close to $500.

So, I checked my past bills. It sure had gone up compared to last year; 13.95% vs 12.51%,

But, I was surprised & humbled to see that it had been 13.99% in 2018. I checked what I had paid that December. It was a tad higher than what I owe next month. Smile. C’est  la vie.

So to I, the question is not why did it go up this year — but why did it GO DOWN the year before.

Next year, with COVID, things could be very different. Just a thought.


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We Still Have Great Fall Foliage In Central New Hampshire — October 18, 2020.

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Not unusual. It is still, kind of, mid-October. It has, however, been a LONG foliage season — NOT that I am complaining. I am amazed by the amount of color. To begin with there was a noticeable shortage of yellow. It was all red. Now we have a surfeit. Beautiful to walk through. I am now heading north (actually north east) to Maine. Not sure what I will find there. But, I will, of course, share with you when I get back.


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Today’s Fall Foliage From New Hampshire — September 28, 2020.

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Enjoy it in silence. You don’t need words. SMILE.


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The Fall Foliage From Our Deck — September 28, 2020.

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It is NOT great compared to what I see daily, BUT it isn’t bad either. We are indeed spoilt for choice. Notice the railing I put up a few years ago. Still standing, SMILE.


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Irresistible Fall Foliage Thriving In Central New Hampshire — September 27, 2020.

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I will REPEAT what I said yesterday: “I am trying HARD not to take too many pictures. I really am.

But, but, but. It is difficult. WOW. Enjoy.


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Mesmerizing Fall Foliage From Central New Hampshire — September 26, 2020.

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I am trying HARD not to take pictures. I really am. But, it is hard. So much color. So much beauty. I feel so lucky. I feel I have to SHARE. Enjoy. SMILE.


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Spectacular Fall Foliage From Central New Hampshire — September 25, 2020.

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All of this today — in & around Alton, New Hampshire. Proving to be a good foliage year. But, we have a severe drought. I will keep you posted. Enjoy.


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