In previous posts, I’ve covered flying in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the Summer and Fall. Now it’s winter, and here are some shots of snow covered peaks around Lafayette, Franconia, the Western Presidentials, and Whitefield New Hampshire. This flight was not a training flight, we had business to attend north of the Presidential range, and coming from Lawrence, Mass we would try a direct flight. This would take us well West of Nashua, New Hampshire and over Moultonboro with the intended flight path directly over Mt Hancock, Mt Liberty, and the Mt Garfield Range. That is if the weather cooperated. Once up near the Range, low (relative), clouds forced us East through the Franconia Notch with beautiful views of Cannon and Lafayette.
North of the Notch was beautiful with the only rough weather well to the Northwest in the form of a rather large, organized band of snowshowers. The 396 indicated they were dissapating as they moved to the East, so we had plenty of time to do what we came to accomplish. After our meeting, we stopped in to Twin Mountain Airport to talk with the owner, Evan, about our arrangements. Evan was accomodating and welcomed us back anytime. Twin Mountain has a wonderful setup – a nice little terminal building and great owners.
After leaving the airport, we made our way South, to see if we could go between Mt Garfield and South Twin and on East of Lincoln and Liberty to follow the Kancamagus to the East then proceed South.
The weather looked agreeable as we made our way up the Range, and was clear as we summited and flew onto the valley near the Kancamagus.
I’ve driven the Kancamagus many times, but never viewed it much from above. Here are a few shots of the highway.
After following the Kancamagus Highway, we turned South toward Squam Lake around Mt Kancamagus.
A quick stop for dinner at Johnson’s and back to Lawrence, Massachusetts. A great flight through the White Mountains and the country North of Franconia. Here’s our Route South.
Next trip up into the White Mountains I’ll talk about survival equipment and some good tips to use when flying over inhospitable terrain.