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Hiking The ‘Shannon Brook Trail’ At ‘Castle In The Clouds’, Moultonboro, N.H.

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It was the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. It was a picture perfect day in terms of New Hampshire weather. We wanted to do something ‘outside’ and the ‘Castle‘ came to mind. That we were going to dinner at Giuseppe’s in Meredith in the evening made it a ‘no brainer’. We could just do a loop of the Lake. And that is what we did.

Though we had free tickets for the ‘Castle‘ from ‘Volunteer Day‘ none of us wanted to tour the ‘Castle’ again. We have all visited it at least six times. So, we just wanted to enjoy the grounds. Found this hike. Nice and easy as hikes go and you can still visit the waterfall. So, great value. I enjoyed it. I had already walked/run 3 miles in the morning. So, I wasn’t too concerned that it was not overly long. Still ended up doing 20,000 steps for the day. I am cool with that.

This trail, as you can see from the maps, parallels the ‘paid entrance’ auto road for much of the way. You are not allowed to walk on the auto road — autos only. So, for folks like us who want to hike this is the way to do it. You can see the road from many places on the trail. You could cut across if you wanted. SMILE.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — September 1, 2019.

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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — July 10, 2019, ‘Castle In The Clouds’.

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Taking Selfies My Way — Yet Another From ‘Castle In The Clouds’, July 10, 2019.

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IF you search you will see that MANY of my ‘Selfies My Way‘ have been taken at the magical ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. They have nice big mirrors with good lighting. Hard to resist.

A ‘selfie my way’ using a proper camera rather than my Google Pixel 2 phone. You can see why they say that the Canon grip on the EOS RP is pretty substantial.



49th post in this “Taking Selfies My Way” series.

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My New Motto In Life: ‘Skip & Go Naked’.

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Went to the ‘new’ ‘Woodshed‘ in Moultonborough for dinner last night after ‘The Barnstormers‘ at ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. This was the name of their featured drink (which was very good) and they were kind enough to have this badge perched atop the drink.

I am SOLD. I can live with that. ‘Skip & Go Naked‘.

The question is will YOU join me?

My old motto ‘Think Free, Or Die‘ isn’t as catchy.


The New ‘Woodshed’.



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‘The Barnstormers’ At The ‘Castle In The Clouds’, July 10, 2019 — Left You Wanting More, Much More.

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It was OUTSTANDING.

Left one wanting MORE … MORE … MORE.


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This was the first time the ‘Castle in the Clouds‘ had done this event, i.e., having the ‘Barnstormers‘ (from Tamworth, NH) perform, and with their customary Midas touch they hit a rich vein of pay dirt. It was OUTSTANDING. The best $10 I have spent in years. Wow. Loved it as did everyone else that was there — and it was a full house.

Very well organized and that the upstairs room in the imposing Carriage House is air-conditioned and that there were adult beverages for sale was a bonus.

Yes, it was advertised that it would be ‘about an hour’. It lasted 44-minutes from the time the cast arrived in the room till they took their final bow. The timestamps on my pictures tell the stories. That was our only disappointment. It should have been longer. Even a full hour would have been too short. 90-minutes would have been close to perfect — and they could have definitely charged us more. Well worth it.

Great cast. Enormously talented. Very personable. Bravo.

THANK YOU ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. Another wonderful event.


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‘Castle In The Clouds’ [NH], Spring Clean Up Day — May 18, 2019.

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As we had done last year, we were there for the ‘Spring Cleanup‘ this year too — except this time it was just Teischan (13) & I. Given our ‘success’ cleaning the trolleys last year we volunteered to do that again this year. And again another change. Last year they had two trolleys out. This year just one. The other two were being fixed. Plus, they needed to use the trolley latre that morning to ferry some new employees up the Castle for orientation. So, we only had an hour — maybe an hour and a half at best. We did our best. They wanted us to concentrate on the inside.

Amazing how dirty it gets. I spent a fair amount of time on the brass. Got some of it gleaming.

Beautiful day! The sun was out, in glory, and it was borderline hot. Great day to work outside. Having lunch on the terrace was even better. It was a privilege.

We had fun. Great people and a worthy cause — and you can’t beat the setting.

They have a new — very nice and knowledgeable ‘Director of Buildings & Grounds — Al Sochard. He was very kind and helpful.

A good day was had by all — methinks.

Judging by those that stayed for lunch we didn’t have as many people as last year. But hard to tell. Some left before lunch.

Weather permitting we will be there for the October Clean Up too.


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