No sooner had I returned to broiling New Jersey than my sisters called and suggested another ten days together at the cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee. What a bonus this was! The weather was perfect, the lake heavenly, and the three of us enjoyed a special time of laughter and relaxation before the onslaught of another year (all of us consider the Fall the beginning of the year…a left over from the time when the children returned to school).

I can’t seem to get enough of the lake and the mountains. On my last day I was determined to return to Franconia Notch and hike up Falling Waters

Trail to the ridge, traversing Mt. Liberty, Lincoln, and Lafayette, and heading down by way of the AMC Greenleaf Hut…a nine-mile circuit. The day ended at sunset as I made my way down the Bridal Path. I went alone, but, as always, bumped into Canadian climbers from Quebec and as far west as Vancouver, B.C. This is a climb I’ve taken with my children many times. How come it gets steeper and longer every year?