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The Views From Mount Major, Alton, New Hampshire — June 8, 2018.

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Mt. Major is the best known and most rewarding hike in and around Alton, New Hampshire. You can’t beat the views from the top. It is a relatively easy hike, albeit with a few tough spots, and you can get to the top in about 45-minutes. The elevation at the top is 1,785′ — and there is, cutely, a roofless remains of an old house built in the 1920s when folks used to go up by horse. I feel bad for the horses.

This was my second visit to the top and I can’t understand why I don’t do it more often. I am going to try.

It was an Alton Central School (ACS) field trip and I was a chaperone.

It was perfect weather (though there was a haze and Mt. Washington was behind clouds).

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — June 9, 2018.

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Flowers Of Alton Bay, New Hampshire — June 8, 2018.

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I was chaperoning a school field trip to Mount Major, in Alton, New Hampshire, and had about 40-minutes to ‘kill’ after I had dropped Teischan off at the school. So, since it was on the way, I stopped at Alton Bay with my coffee, camera and a book. And see what happened.

Enjoy. They always do us proud.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — June 8, 2018.

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“Locke’s Hill Trail”, Gilford, NH — A Mini (But Rewarding) “Mount Major”.

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From Google Maps, of course — who else? Click image to access Google Maps at this ‘point’.


Locke’s Hill” in Gilford like “Knight’s Pond” in Alton is an oft overlooked by folks looking for a ‘not-to-hard’, BUT rewarding hike on ‘this side’ of Lake Winnipesaukee. “Locke’s Hill” trail, like the much more famous “Mount Major” in Alton is on Route 11, about 6 miles apart. See map above.

“Locke’s” is a definite, v. kid friendly, alternative to “Mount Major” — the views from the top not that dissimilar. “Locke’s” at 1.9 miles of hiking is exactly half as long as “M.M.”, and at 1,057′ its elevation is 728′ less than that of its ‘big cousin’. On a difficulty scale of 1-5, if “M.M” is a 4 “Locke’s” is probably 1.25. If you go up “Quarry Trail” on the left of the Trailhead and come down via the “Lakeside Trail” the only real (slightly) steep places you will encounter is on the way down!

We, I and the two kids, did “Locke’s” on Monday evening when the temp. was in the high 70s. It is shady and cool. Totally deserted (as it tends to be). We encountered one other group and that was when we were nearly back at the car park. In contrast there were about 8 cars at “M.M.”. When I lived in Gilford, less than 1.5 miles away, I did this trail quite a bit, often with Ulysses.

Easy, fun, rewarding hike. The stone seats are cool. Unlike “Knight’s” it is very quiet and peaceful until you are nearly back to the car park — at which point you hear the traffic on Rte 11.

At the v. top, by the red tower do NOT take the wide track with what are tire-tracks from the tower maintenance vehicles. Instead either GO STRAIGHT ahead or find the narrower foot-path which is the “Lakeside Trail”. Otherwise you will miss the views of the Lake! Do not go back along the “Quarry Trail” following the signs to the car park. You will miss the Lake again! Yes, the signage could be better at the top. But now you have been warned.


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I Can’t Afford The A7 RII Or Even The RX10 II, So Instead I Bought Sony (SNE) Stock.

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To say that I am drooling over the two new Sony cameras, the Alpha A7 RII and RX10 II, doesn’t even come close to the Siren Call exerted by them. I have, whenever I have a spare second, reading anything and everything I can about them, particularly the RX10 II. The RX10 II could be exactly what I want (if not need) though I will confess that the my latest research has also made me consider the Leica V-Lux which has twice the zoom. Plus a Leica! A magical name for those that really know their optics though you should all know by now my aversion for buying things overtly German.

The RX10 II would make me AGAIN reexamine all the profound camera-related decisions I made last Summer — when I decided after a 3 decade hiatus that it would be really nice to be a camera enthusiast again (though I sometimes regret it because I LOVED the freedom of enjoying and exploring a place, say the Grand Canyon, with Deanna taking all the pictures). Last August I started my new camera journey by buying a refurbished Nikon Coolpix L820, from BuyDig, for $139. I returned it within 24 hours, for a full refund, after taking these pictures at the 2014 Pittsfield, N.H. Balloon Festival. That is when I decided that I really needed to get a full-function, DSLR. So I got the refurbished Canon Rebel T3i from Canon. I think I paid $375 for it. The Canon has served me well BUT in the end it is a tad too ‘low-end’ for what I really would like and I will need to spend more money on lenses IF I am ever going to be happy with it. Plus Devanee thinks it is now HER camera. But, I am realistic enough to admit that interchangeable lens cameras are a PAIN. The April trip to Arizona, horseback riding in Canyon de Chelly and the recent hike up Mount Major, painfully demonstrated that I really do not enjoy lugging around a large camera with two lenses.

I basically want a good quality camera with 5 things: HIGH ISO (given that I do take a LOT of pictures at concerts (without a flash), exceptional image quality, superlative (accurate and fast) autofocus (because my eyes are no longer that good), a decent zoom (200mm) and the option to use Aperture-Priority and Shutter Speed-Priority photography. That is it. Video really isn’t that important though I will occasionally use it. Hence the appeal of the RX10 II — though I realize that it is first and foremost a 4K video camera that shoots still. The IRONY!

But while doing all my reading and research I stumbled upon something I did NOT know. Sony is the world’s largest (and preeminent) CMOS chip maker. These new cameras will make Sony’s CMOS Exmor chips even more attractive to other vendors. Of late, having got burnt (the second time around) with GoPro stock I have had some success with Ambarella (AMBA) & Cirrus Logic (CRUS) stock. SMILE. So much so that I am a believer in chip stocks — especially any chips that go into today’s phones, cameras and DRONES. So what the heck, I can’t afford the RX10 II, so I bought a few SNE shares. Knowing my luck SNE will probably now tank! That is the risk I take everyday. I wish there was a mechanism where I could be an anti-investor of myself, i.e., be able to take the opposite position to every investment move I make. So my anti-investor would short SNE to the same extent that I went long. My anti-investor could be a billionaire so is my skill and luck with stock! Hence why I can’t afford a RX10 II. OK, I don’t want anybody, starting with Deanna, trying to EXPLAIN to me that IF I hadn’t bought a MGB and two Jags — I might be able to afford a used RX 10 (Mk1). I need the Jags to get around in, now that we don’t have the KIA, and the MGB is Devanee’s


“Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” — Now Also Available As A Paperback From Amazon (Worldwide).

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While I appreciate that eBooks are what counts these days, I still do not feel right or complete about a book UNTIL I have it in paperback. It is always a great relief to have the paperback done.

Typically given that the formatting is more involved I normally first do the paperback version and then convert it to Kindle eBook format. With the orgasm book I did it the other way around. First did the Kindle edition and then formatted it for print. Fair amount of work and you also have to do an index — which you don’t need with an eBook since every word is electronically searchable. I made sure that the orgasm Kindle edition was published before we went to Canyon de Chelly. I did NOT want that hanging over my head while we were in Arizona. However, I knew, that I still had the paperback to do. During the 1,300 miles of driving I did in AZ I did some of the formatting in my head! Visualization. I do that with as many things as I can. YOU should try it. The visualization helps me do things quicker because I already have the mental picture of what needs to be done.

I submitted the files to CreateSpace on Memorial Day before we set off on the Mount Major hike. I didn’t tell Deanna or the kids that I had done so. I just wanted THAT off my sholders too. Just told them I had some stuff to finish on the book before we could go. They understand. They know my need to work on my books on a daily basis.

The book was ready, WITHOUT a hitch, this morning. It on Amazon within 30 minutes of me approving the proof! Wow.

Amazon is GOOD to me.

That this book came in at 192 pages — exactly the same as my ‘Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia‘ blew me away.

Never even TRIED to keep the lengths close — though I was HOPING that the ‘Orgasms 101‘ would come in under 200.

The payout of the two books are very different, with the ‘Orgasms 101‘, unlike any of the other four ‘101 books‘, split into 3 Parts — Part A: The Highlights, Part B: The Details & Part C: The References. Plus, as I said earlier, I did the Kindle version first and the page sizes are very different. That they both are 192 pages amused me and actually made my life a TAD easier. Exactly the same cover size!

Anyway, I am happy. After I have my brunch, and watch a few overs of the Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe 2nd T20, I will start working on my NEXT book. This one is not on orgasms. The next orgasm book will have to wait until next year. Back to popes again — to the amusement of Deanna. Well Francis is coming the U.S. and UNLESS I cover it it won’t seem real!


Mount Major Trail, Alton, New Hampshire On Memorial Day, 2015.

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Reminded me of the tattered prayer flags you see in Nepal. Somebody must have tried to recreate that. Cute.



From “Belknap Range Trails”. Click image to access ‘belknaprangetrails.org’ posting — which is excellent — for these trails.

From “All Trails”. Click image to access ‘alltrails.com’ post for these Mt. Major trails.


This was actually the first time we have been all the way up to the Summit! It was good. Very rewarding. Wonderful views.

Click for brief Wikipedia entry for Mount Major.

We have, of course, given that we have lived in Alton, N.H., since 2007, ventured on the trail — but we never made it all the way because one or more of the kids would ‘give up’. Not so yesterday, Memorial Day. Devanee, having been to a birthday party in West Alton (and having been driven there, at her request, in her 1968 Green MGB), was having a ‘down day’. So I asked Teischan what she wanted to do. She said she wanted to go on a hike. That was good. Of late, now 9, she is becoming quite the tourist — and I am delighted. Yes, we had hiked the 2.5 mile, 600′ vertical drop, ‘White House Trail‘ when we were at Canyon de Chelly. She had enjoyed that. I was going to go to my old stomping ground, ‘Locke’s Trail‘ in Gilford — which I/we used to hike often, with Ulysses, when we lived in Gilford.

On Sunday, driving Devanee to West Alton, I had seen that Mount Major was packed. Cars parked on the side of Rte 11, about 1/4 in length each way — in both directions. So that was about a mile of parked cars — not counting the 50 or so that can be accommodated in the parking lot. Lot of cars, lot of people.

So as I was driving along, which must have been around 2:30 pm (because I had to do some book work before we set forth), I said “lets do Mount Major if it isn’t full”! It wasn’t. Most people had headed home. There were people. The parking lot was full — though we did find a place. You met a fair number of people and dogs but they were spaced apart. It was DEFINITELY not like being on an escalator — which is what it must have been on Sunday.

Interesting hike — and we only did the Blue, Main Trail to the top. Most of it is a walk in the park. Then towards the end it gets STEEP and you have to scramble up some granite scrabble ledges. A bit tricky. I had already done my 2.5 mile run up and down Prospect Mountain Road that morning! But I need all the exercise I can get. So it was a bit tiring on the ol’ knees. The dogs had gone on the run too. Taking Maya, on a lead, and having the Canon T3i (around the neck), was an impediment. Could have enjoyed it much more if my hands were free. But it was fun. Deanna, despite her bad back and bad leg, made it in the end, though it was a challenge. But she enjoys being able to finish a hike — all her doctors telling her that she must walk and that she must exercise.

Definitely recommend it. It is challenging at the end but rewarding. Give it a spin. You might even see us, given that I get a feeling that we might do this again.

Oh, it was overcast and cloudy and there was always a hint of rain. Would have preferred a brighter day at the top BUT that would have made it hotter. The prospect of getting caught in the rain worried me slightly. The granite ledges, when wet, would be dangerous. Plus the Canon T3i is NOT weatherproof! Must get a weatherproof camera.