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Taking Selfies My Way — Exactly 5-Weeks Post-Knee Surgery — April 11, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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5-more days on crutches. Will be glad to ditch them.

Doing OK. This was in Wolfeboro. I was getting ready to go for a walk along ‘Cotton Valley Trail‘ on crutches. I did some of it, but it was cold and windy.

As you might have noticed I am not shaving as much as I used to prior to the injury.



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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — March 6, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Wolfeboro, NH “Cotton Valley Trail”.

by Anura Guruge


With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

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NO post-processing whatsoever.
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The “Cotton Valley Trail” in Wolfeboro, NH,
is one of my favorite jaunts.
I walk it year around, at all times of the
day and night.
These were taken on Saturday, March 5, 2016
during a short family ‘hike’ with the dogs.

These pictures taken with the Panasonic FZ1000.







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by Anura Guruge

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service At Cotton Mountain Church, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — Secluded Mountain Top.

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Though I have spent a lot of time in and around delightful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the oldest Summer resort in the U.S. (and the nth home of ‘Mittens‘), I had not until last night heard of this quaint, only open 4 times a year, Church on a mountain top — Cotton Mountain Church. It is tucked away and it is not on the beaten track so to speak. I walk the delectable Cotton Valley Trail habitually but this church, despite its name, is nowhere close to the trail.

I will visit it soon, with my camera. No I will not make the Sunrise Service. It is close to 1am on Easter and I am still writing this.

I am glad I heard about this Church. I gather you can drive up to it. I think I am going to walk.

Happy Easter 2015.


Wolfeboro, NH: Cotton Valley Rail Trail In Spring, Before The Summer Crowds — A Picture Perfect Study In Tranquility.

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1. Knight’s Pond, Alton, NH — Aug. 26, 2012.
2. Sounds of Spring, Alton, NH — Apr. 16, 2013.



The start of this amazing trail at Wolfeboro, NH.

The start of this amazing trail at Wolfeboro, NH. Click to ENLARGE. This is from Google Maps. Go to Google Maps and check out the whole trail and the bodies of water it skirts.


I am sure it is packed during the Summer. But over the last 4 weeks, on Thursday evening’s, from 7 pm to 8 pm, it has been study in harmonious, inspirational tranquility set against some of the most picturesque aquatic settings in NH’s Lake Region.

Yes, for the last 4 weeks, every Thursday evening I have been walking the trail with undisguised joy, delight and admiration. This is another NH gem. Yes, we have lots of wonderful trails and hikes, but this has to rate high among these for its stately elegance, ease of terrain, diversity of views and the near seamless integration with the surroundings.

This last Thursday, starting at 7:05 pm at the Wolfeboro Railway Station I walked up to Lake Wentworth and back. WOW. WOW NH. Per the map on the trail that was probably close to a 4 mile walk. It took me about 45 minutes. During that whole walk I saw a total of 3 people and 1 small dog on the trail and they were all right by where the trail, at Wolfeboro Falls, crosses 109/28. That was it. The rest of the time I had that trail all to myself — though I would not have had any problems sharing it with others. It is plenty big enough.

Going out all I heard was a perfectly modulated orchestra of spring peepers peeping, insects chirping and birds tweeting. It was not too invasive. It was just right as if nature played with the volume control to get it just right for the time of day and setting. As I said about the Grand Canyon, it is not like I am unaccustomed to solitude and silence. I do live on a dirt road and I do go running up Prospect Mountain Road — which is mainly unpopulated. Right now, though I have my window wide open, and I am 30′ above ground looking at a blanket of delicate Spring greens on the tops of a sea of trees. But, there are no birds tweeting or insects chirping.

So, bottom line, I strongly recommend that you add this trail to your list of favorite NH walks, IF it is not already on your list. Enjoy.