Cold River Camp (June 2007)
On the Maine-New Hampshire border, north of North Conway, the Appalachian Mountain Club runs Cold River Camp in Chatham, NH. Bernie Hickey introduces Dick and Jill to it, and to one of the Chatham Trails Association's volunteer trail-clearing weekends run out of that camp.
Except as otherwise noted, this presentation and its contents are by A. Richard Miller and are copyrighted 2007 by Miller Microcomputer Services.

070601DickJillMooseButt On the drive up NH Route 16 to Cold River Camp, we stopped for lunch at  the Miss Wakefield Diner. That's your average carved wooden moose butt behind us, but there was nothing average about their eggs benedict over crabcake -- with home-fried potatoes on the side. Yum!

On the drive up NH Route 16 to Cold River Camp, we stopped for lunch at the Miss Wakefield Diner. That's your average carved wooden moose butt behind us, but there was nothing average about their eggs benedict over crabcake -- with home-fried potatoes on the side. Yum!

070601ColdRiverCamp_Lodge1 First stop at AMC's Cold River Camp is the Lodge - home base for eating and socializing.

First stop at AMC's Cold River Camp is the Lodge - home base for eating and socializing.

070602ColdRiverCamp_LodgePorch1 Its porch has the usual assortment of rockers and gliders and occupants..

Its porch has the usual assortment of rockers and gliders and occupants..

070602ColdRiverCamp_LodgePorch2 ..including Bernie Hickey (our friend and knowledgeable guide) and Jill.

..including Bernie Hickey (our friend and knowledgeable guide) and Jill.

070601ColdRiverCampView1 The vew of South Baldface Mountain from the lawn in front of the Lodge is a fine one.

The vew of South Baldface Mountain from the lawn in front of the Lodge is a fine one.

070602Hummingbirds1 Hummingbirds are a regular feature at the porch of the Lodge.

Hummingbirds are a regular feature at the porch of the Lodge.

070602Hummingbirds2 Here's a close-up from the prior photo.

Here's a close-up from the prior photo.

070603WetLunaMoth One drizzly morning, we found this Luna Moth sleeping it off on a porch sofa while awaiting the morning sun.

One drizzly morning, we found this Luna Moth sleeping it off on a porch sofa while awaiting the morning sun.

070601ColdRiverCamp_BernieAndJillAtACabin We arrived ahead of the crowd, so we looked over a few of the cabins. Many of them, like this one, perch over a ravine.

We arrived ahead of the crowd, so we looked over a few of the cabins. Many of them, like this one, perch over a ravine.

070601ColdRiverCamp_Fernbank We chose Fernbank, one of those perchy cabins for two.

We chose Fernbank, one of those perchy cabins for two.

070601ColdRiverCamp_Fernbank3 Old-time camping with a nice touch. No electricity or water, but a pitcher and basin for washing, a kerosene lamp for light, and a fine fireplace for warmth (which we didn't need on our visit).. And a very comfy mattress. We furnished our towels, sleeping bags and pillowcases.

Old-time camping with a nice touch. No electricity or water, but a pitcher and basin for washing, a kerosene lamp for light, and a fine fireplace for warmth (which we didn't need on our visit).. And a very comfy mattress. We furnished our towels, sleeping bags and pillowcases.

070601ColdRiverCamp_Fernbank2 The lovely view from that bed - on a day when you can't see much of the wilderness and mountains beyond.

The lovely view from that bed - on a day when you can't see much of the wilderness and mountains beyond.

070601ColdRiverCamp_Tower Our friend Bernie chose to stay in the adjacent Tower -- which sports electricity and running water. That saved us walking over to the group facilities, now and again. Our car didn't stay here; after unloading, it was parked away from buildings and views.

Our friend Bernie chose to stay in the adjacent Tower -- which sports electricity and running water. That saved us walking over to the group facilities, now and again. Our car didn't stay here; after unloading, it was parked away from buildings and views.

v070601ColdRiverCamp_MooseBog_1024 On the first evening, after Bernie showed us the high points of Cold River Camp, he showed some of the neighborhood. Deer Meadow Bog is a few miles away. It lies along the Evergreen Valley Road extension of Deer Hill Road.

On the first evening, after Bernie showed us the high points of Cold River Camp, he showed some of the neighborhood. Deer Meadow Bog is a few miles away. It lies along the Evergreen Valley Road extension of Deer Hill Road.

070601ColdRiverCamp_TheBlind On the north side of Deer Meadow Bog, the White Mountain National Forest has provided a fine observation blind.

On the north side of Deer Meadow Bog, the White Mountain National Forest has provided a fine observation blind.

070601ColdRiverCamp_JillInBlind Jill's spotting deer. Nice. The week before, folks spotted many moose. We waited well into dusk, but didn't have that much luck.

Jill's spotting deer. Nice. The week before, folks spotted many moose. We waited well into dusk, but didn't have that much luck.

070601ColdRiverCamp_BlindView The deer came down to drink along the far shore of the bog. Great blue heron were nesting atop some of the dead trees. As we watched, an angry heron chased a raccoon down from one of those nests. Did the raccoon manage to snatch an egg for dinner?

The deer came down to drink along the far shore of the bog. Great blue heron were nesting atop some of the dead trees. As we watched, an angry heron chased a raccoon down from one of those nests. Did the raccoon manage to snatch an egg for dinner?

070601ColdRiverCampView2 Misting in the background, it's the Cold River from which this AMC camp takes its name. We're close to camp, just downstream from the local swimming spot and standing on...

Misting in the background, it's the Cold River from which this AMC camp takes its name. We're close to camp, just downstream from the local swimming spot and standing on...

070601ColdRiverCamp_DickOnDam_1024 ..this dam. When closed, it creates a nice swimming hole just upstream. This log hints that there's a lot more water during spring runoff.

..this dam. When closed, it creates a nice swimming hole just upstream. This log hints that there's a lot more water during spring runoff.

070601ColdRiverCamp_BiStateJill Just beyond the dam, Jill puts one hand in New Hampshire and the other hand in Maine.

Just beyond the dam, Jill puts one hand in New Hampshire and the other hand in Maine.

070601ColdRiverCamp_BiStateMarker And, she delivers the proof.

And, she delivers the proof.

070601ColdRiverCamp_DickAndJillAreStumped The AMC's Cold River Camp dates to 1919. Over the years it has gained a lot of friends, traditions, and nifty embellishments.

The AMC's Cold River Camp dates to 1919. Over the years it has gained a lot of friends, traditions, and nifty embellishments.

070601ColdRiverCamp_Trails1 The camp has a LOT of well-managed trails, and connects to even more trails in the nearby woods and mountains.

The camp has a LOT of well-managed trails, and connects to even more trails in the nearby woods and mountains.

070602ColdRiverCamp_ClearingTrail_1024 We're off on a trail-clearing trip. Plants grow fast in the White Mountains, and trails need regular clearing of brush and blowdowns. The Chatham Trails Association has volunteered for that since 1921.

We're off on a trail-clearing trip. Plants grow fast in the White Mountains, and trails need regular clearing of brush and blowdowns. The Chatham Trails Association has volunteered for that since 1921.

070602ColdRiverCamp_Blowdown Thankfully, this big blowdown fell AWAY from the trail.

Thankfully, this big blowdown fell AWAY from the trail.

070602ColdRiverCamp_TrailclearingBreak While we pause for some food and rest, our trail-clearing tools also take a break.

While we pause for some food and rest, our trail-clearing tools also take a break.

070602ColdRiverCamp_BobYellsDown Bob Goeke yells down from higher up on the Conant Trail loop.

Bob Goeke yells down from higher up on the Conant Trail loop.

070602ColdRiverCamp_ShelfMushroom_1024 We were too busy to take a lot of photos. But I couldn't resist stopping for this photo of pretty Shelf Mushrooms. They're big; the spruce trunk is about a foot in diameter.

We were too busy to take a lot of photos. But I couldn't resist stopping for this photo of pretty Shelf Mushrooms. They're big; the spruce trunk is about a foot in diameter.

v070601ColdRiverCamp_Lodge2_1024 Our weekend was a fine one. Good campers, good place, good food. And we did some good, ourselves. The Lodge porch at Cold Spring Camp will call us back again!

Our weekend was a fine one. Good campers, good place, good food. And we did some good, ourselves. The Lodge porch at Cold Spring Camp will call us back again!




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