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“Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves”, New Hampshire — Quite The Attraction, Quite The Adventure.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. Wow. Wow. What a great place. Quite the adventure. Has to be New Hampshire’s most underrated tourist attraction (and that coming from a ‘Lifetime Member’ “Granite State Ambassador“). I, of course, must have seen signs to it given that it is “off Loon” — and we go to Loon (i.e., Lincoln) at least once a year (four times so far this year). It never registered as something real fun to do. I actually found it while checking out, online, the “Flume Gorge” — as a potential place to take Teischan (last Tuesday) while Deanna and Devanee went ‘back to school‘ shopping. The word that caught my interest was ‘CAVES’. Teischan just loves the “Polar Caves” — for nothing else but the caves. Since this was for Teischan I decided I will give “Lost River” a spin. And am I glad I did so.

Very impressed. Loved it. Has it all. Scenery, waterfalls, caves (with running water inside), bridges, hummingbirds, foliage, real oil lamps (and it is lovely to smell the oil inside the caves) flowers …

Reminded me of Acadia. Reminded Teischan of Yosemite (and to be fair it has quite a few similarities to the adjoining “Kings Canyon National Park” that we did visit during our trip to Yosemite in April). Very sylvan.

Different to “Polar Caves“. The main difference being that “Polar Caves”, in the main”, is a cliffside adventure while “Lost River” is all inside an immersive gorge — with the sight and sound of rushing water never far away. The caves are very different too. “Lost River” caves are deeper, HARDER TO NAVIGATE and has some lovely water features inside them. Teischan loved them — especially the fairly large waterfall.

You DEFINITELY have to crawl on your hands and KNEES, belly to the ground! My pants were filthy. Makes “Polar Caves” feel like a walk in a very open park. I couldn’t get past the ‘Go-NO Go’ Lemon Squeezer Gauge — though I didn’t try too hard to make it (given that at nearly 63 years of age I know my limitations). After that I gave the last 3 caves a miss. I had done enough crawling for the day.

Teischan loved it. Claims it is her new favorite.

This does NOT mean that you should not bother with “Polar Caves”. BUT, if due to time or budget you can ONLY do one then it should be “Lost River”. SMILE.



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Somebody Broke Into The New Hampshire ‘State House’ In Concord?

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Ahhh?

This UPSETS me, greatly, at multiple levels.

I am VERY FOND of OUR wonderful, HISTORIC State House. As a ‘Granite State Ambassador‘ (GSA) I have volunteered at the State House — and if the truth be told, I did have a hand in getting GSA volunteering there.

It is one of the FRIENDLIEST, most open Government facilities I have ever visited (and yes, I have visited the Pentagon to do a presentation for an Army General).

I also know, starting with our AMAZING Governor, Maggie Hassan, quite a few people who work, visit and volunteer there. I know that my friends in the “Visitor Center” will feel this violation at a very personal level.

Ironic that just last month they were talking about increasing security at the State House. See below. Two years ago, as a GSA, I attended a 2-hour discussion on this very same issue — though we never even touched upon break ins at night. 

That they did NOT have any infrared security detectors is inexcusable!

When I saw this on TV this morning my second thought, after thinking of how this will upset the folks who work there, was to think of all the irreplaceable, historic items we have at the State House. We even have some moon rock. That some objects were damaged upsets me, GREATLY.

This is NOT good. I am not happy.


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2016 New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony — May 20, Concord.

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This is definitely a very worthwhile and moving ceremony to attend. In 2013 I was lucky enough to participate as a “Granite State Ambassador” (GSA) volunteering at the State House.

If you can you should definitely try and attend.

Per Governor Maggie Hassan’s edict flags in New Hampshire will be at Half-Staff on that day.

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New Hampshire Fall Foliage 2015 — Some Color Makes An Appearance.

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As is always the case in late August I start to notice hints of color emerging as I huff-and-puff up Prospect Mountain Road, in Alton, on my near daily run. On Monday, August 24, 2015, I went back up the hill, this time in our van, with my camera, to snap some pictures. Not much, but you can definitely see the leaves that have changed.

I knew that I had taken some pictures, on the very same hill, last year and had posted them here. I went looking for them. They were taken on August 25, 2014, I day later than this year. Cool. Well, it hasn’t really been cool enough to start the foliage process. BUT, I will keep you posted. I will most likely, for the 3rd year in a row, end up as an ‘official’ NH Fall Foliage Updater in my capacity as a Granite State Ambassador (GSA) [Lifetime Member].


Two other sights on Prospect Mountain Road.


Deanna’s flowers on August 24, 2015.


I Get My Permanent ‘Granite State Ambassador’ (GSA) ‘Lifetime Member’ Badges.

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I was made, totally unexpectedly, albeit to my humble delight, a “Lifetime Member” last July. I had been a GSA for 13 years by then.

On Wednesday, just before we left for “Tall Ships“, these two badges arrived in the mail. I was chuffed. 


Pumpkin Festival (Ex-Keene) Coming To Laconia, New Hampshire In October 2015.

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See April 26, 2015 Update.



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Google Map view of downtown Laconia, NH.

Just heard that the troubled Keene, N.H. pumpkin festival is moving to Laconia, New Hampshire this October. That is great news.

We are big fans of the Pumpkin Festival. We all volunteered in 2012 and I even made it to the HGTV TV show. We couldn’t make it last year because Devanee had a track meet — and as such, fortunately, missed the riots. Ditto the year before also.

I am delighted to have it in the Lakes Region. Laconia, with its long history of hosting ‘Bike Week’, is no stranger to holding big events. So that, at least, is good. But, I have some concerns — knowing both Keene and Laconia well. Laconia is no Keene! That could be an issue. Keene is handy to both MA and VT and I am sure that that played a role in the success of their festival. Laconia, dare I say it, also does not have the amenities. So it will be rather different. Yes, we will most likely get involved. I know a lot of people in Laconia plus I am a Granite State Ambassador (GSA).

Given my experience at Keene I would think that Weirs Beach Boulevard, the focal point of Bike Week, would be the best spot to anchor the festival. The long, broad sweep, by the Bay would be the ideal place to place all the pumpkins. But Weirs Beach is a few miles from downtown Laconia. This will be much bigger than Laconia’s ever successful ‘Multicultural Day‘ — which is held downtown. The location, to me, will dictate the overall success of this new venture.

I will try to make this blog ‘Laconia Pumpkin Festival’ central — for YOUR edification. OK? So stay tuned. This was but a heads up post. This should be exciting and fun. Can’t wait.


2013 Fall Foliage In New Hampshire (N.H.) Seems To Have Begun — At Least A Couple Of Weeks Ahead Of The Norm.

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I have to confess that I don’t normally take much notice of the foliage — kind of blasé about it having lived in heavily wooded parts of New Hampshire for the last 28 years.

But, seeing the hard-to-miss red foliage on August 5 I have been more on the lookout this year. Plus, we have been asked as Granite State Ambassadors (GSAs) to keep an eye on the fall foliage this year.

This morning (viz. Monday, August 19, 2013) I was running down Prospect Mountain Road (after having run up it), head down, thinking about all the book-related stuff I had to get done today, when something fluttered on my shoulder. I stopped to look. It was red maple leaf. Bright red/orange, and quite small. I then looked around. About a dozen such leaves on the ground. Looked up. Sure enough a patch of red/orange foliage in the trees. This 1/2 mile down from the first foliage I had spotted two weeks ago. So I picked up four leaves and brought them home.

Then, later on in the morning, while seated at my PC, I looked over to my right — through the window I sit next to. My office is on the 4th floor (i.e. attic) on this Colonial. So I am at treetop level. The tree directly across from me is changing color.

This, I know, is early. I asked my ‘buddy’ at the Alton Post Office. He is a native. He says it is early. Half and hour later we were at the Hannaford check-out in Alton when I heard the young checkout girl talking about how the foliage was early this year.

So it must be true. Fall foliage 2013, in NH, is early.

But, after what has been a chilly August (though I am forcing myself and Teischan to still go swimming in the lake, including today), we are going to get a 3-day HEAT WAVE. That will sure confuse the trees. They might start shedding earlier.

Yes, of course, I will keep an eye open and let you know. Stay tuned.

Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor Is Doing Well, Looks Great — He Was At The Laconia Airport Open House Today.

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Just yesterday when I was volunteering at the State House I happened to be going past the Executive Councillors’ Office and inquired how Ray Burton was doing. I was assured that he was in fine fettle.

This morning, as soon as we got to the Laconia Airport Open House I spotted Ray with his distinctive ride. I, of course, went up and asked him how he was. He was GREAT. That is good news. He looks good. Said that he was feeling good, had lots of energy. This was 10 am in the morning. At 1pm he was going to a Polly’s Pancakes in Sugar Hill to celebrate them being in business for 75 years. At 2pm he had another meeting in Littleton. Just hearing his schedule made me tired.

He, as ever, being who he is, told Deanna to take a picture of us together. Though I have shook hands with him many times I think this is the ONLY picture I have with Ray. I like Ray. He is a great politician and a good man. IF we just had a dozen more politicians like Ray in Concord things would be so much better for the State.

Way to go Ray. So happy that you are doing well.

Yes, I am wearing my Granite State Ambassador (GSA) shirt and badge though this was not a GSA event. But we are allowed, even encouraged to show the colors when we volunteer in NH.


Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor and I, around 10:20 am June 8, 2013 at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House. Ray looks good. Great news for the State.

Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor and I, around 10:20 am June 8, 2013 at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House. Ray looks good. Great news for the State.

How ‘Go Topless’ Can Get Misconstrued When It Is Used In The Context Of New Hampshire.

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I go topless most of the Summer and well into the fall. Having grown up in Europe and still being very European (or at least British) at heart I have no problems, whatsoever, with men or women going topless. As far as I am concerned, that Laconia c. 2000, ‘banned’ female flashing during ‘Bike Week’ is very un-American and discriminatory. Given all the man boobs freely on show, I would much prefer to see more delicate and delectable offerings. Going to topless beaches in Europe is just part and parcel of living there. Never had any problems when whoever I was with went topless. As I had been told ‘it is much less conspicuous to be topless than to be covered‘! Plus, as I had discovered, to my cost, they all look the same after the first ten thousand. Cracked me up the first time I went to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii in 1985. All these women going to so, so much trouble to expose as much as they could without going topless. It was hilarious. Just go topless.

Since I stoutly defended my future Queen, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, during the childish topless flap, I get quite a number of hits when folks are searching the Web for ‘topless’ references.

Today I noticed a new variation that immediately piqued my interest. Folks were falling over themselves doing searches for ‘topless in NH‘. I, being the season cynic I am, knew at once that this was NOT what it appeared to be. Though I would embrace it gladly, I know NH way too well (and I am a Granite State Ambassador (GSA)) to appreciate that it is more than unlikely that we would, in my lifetime, see ladies cavorting topless on Gilford beach. But, I was curios. As soon as I saw that the event was being held in Rumney, the ‘redneck‘ capital of NH, where dentist go to daydream of the untold riches they could have if they could just treat 5% of the residents, the game was up.

Yes, it is topless, and I hope that as with Bike Week there will at least be some surreptitious flashing, if not topless in topless. Here, this gives the game away. Enjoy.

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