New Year’s Day on Mt Monadnock

It’s not quite a tradition, but I have done it before. This January 1st was a cold but clear day and odd weather made it possible to take a route that is not usually open this time of year.

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Both of these trailheads are difficult to access in winter, so I took this as a unique opportunity.

The Marlboro Trail parking lot is accessible after plowing, but doesn’t always get plowed. The Dublin Trail parking lot gets a birm of snow plowed across the road, but it had washed away in the warm rain.

I parked at the Dublin Trail and road walked about 3 miles to the Marlboro Trail. I found an interesting freeze pattern in a large puddle on Shaker Farm Road.

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Dead Swamp

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This is the Dead Swamp, located in Townsend State Forest. ¬†Townsend is my usual destination when I want to get out for a walk, but don’t have time to go to the White Mountains.

I came out this way on Dec 29, with the hopes of a photographing a moose. Not impossible, but I equate the odds as approximately the same as winning the lottery. I have seen signs in the area, but not every trip.

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