Going the (short) distance

August was a low-mileage month. That’s fine. This has been as lovely a month as I’ve seen this year, and I know things will only get better as autumn approaches.

Crotched Mountain (Greenfield, NH) from Gregg Trail

Crotched Mountain (Greenfield, NH) from Gregg Trail

The Gregg Trail is accessible from the trailhead at Crotched Mountain hospital and rehab center in Greenfield (not the ski area, which is on the other side of the mountain in Bennington). It’s a wheelchair-accessible path to a wonderful western overlook toward Monadnock. Even on a hazy day, it’s a pleasant walk. Past the overlook, trails continue to the summit ridge, though I didn’t go that far this time.

Mt. Monadnock from Gregg Trail overlook on Crotched Mountain, hazy August day

Mt. Monadnock from Gregg Trail overlook on Crotched Mountain, hazy August day

I joined my husband for a trip to Narragansett, Rhode Island. While he had a road race, I enjoyed a quiet walk along Ocean Road. Sunny inland, clouds building offshore.

I may be the only person on record to hike Mt. Major in Alton without getting to the top. Despite being in good energetic company, I was out of breath as the last ledge came in sight. I sent my companions on as I found a comfortable place to sit: a breezy bit of ledge with a few blueberries nearby (how did earlier hikers miss them?!). Another hazy day, but even a murky view of Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee is better than no view at all. Bonus: after the hike, we went to the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. I’d never been there, and it was a treat. I recommend it to anyone interested in World War II history.

And then there’s the Nashua River Rail Trail, on which I’ve made countless walks and bike rides. No new photos this month, but I need only click “Nashua River Rail Trail” in the tag cloud on the blog’s sidebar to find photos from past trips.

Nashua River in Pepperell, Massachusetts, April 2015, seen from rail trail

Nashua River in Pepperell, Massachusetts, April 2015, seen from rail trail

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