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This Is How Bad The Drought Is In Central New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

Look on the other band — where the green grass ends & the brown earth starts. Normally the water would be UP THERE.

This is serious. This is bad. We had a BIT of rain today. Will NOT make a dent.

We are NOT that worried right now. We have a 600′ well. But, some will start to feel this soon UNLESS we get a LOT of rain.

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Making Tracks On Virgin Snow Across A Frozen Pond In Alton, N.H. — Temp. -12C (10F).

by Anura Guruge

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So, why didn’t I walk all the way to the island? Good question. That, of course, was the plan. Explore the island. I have never been to it — Summer or Winter. This is not a pond that I have explored though I drive or walk by it often. It is in Town — not close to home and my daily hikes. This was the first time I had ventured onto it. As you can see there were no other tracks since the snowstorm 3-days ago. That makes me cautious. Don’t want to fall through the ice again. There is a river on the other side of the road and I wasn’t sure if there was any moving water below the ice. Moving water isn’t good. Well, as I got to the island I ran into mush — water above the ice. Not good. The ice was probably thick enough but I was not in the mood to get my feet wet. So, that is the full story.

The short hike across the pond was but a diversion on a longer walk — most of it close to water. I was waiting for somebody to finish some testing at school. So, I only had, at most, 1.5 hours. I was timing myself. Did good. Timed it to 5-minutes. It all worked out. She was ready to be picked up. I did close to 4-miles. I topped it up and got my 10K steps for the morning when we got home. Nice walk. I enjoyed it.

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We Have A Fairly Serious Drought In New Hampshire — And Nobody Is Talking About It.

by Anura Guruge

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Yes, we have had rain over the last few weeks, but it hasn’t been much and it has been well spaced out. We haven’t had any decent rain in some time. I first noticed the dropping water levels in the lakes on Thursday, September 19, 2019, when I hiked the backroads of New Durham while Teischan was volunteering at the Library. Noticed that a small lake I walked by was noticeably low.

Then yesterday I walked past this ‘local’ (to I in that it is just 1.5 miles from home) pond that I am very familiar with. It was nearly dry. Never seen it this empty and at a minimum I walk by it once a month.

Not good. Nothing to panic as yet. Plenty of ground water. That I know. Plus we will have snow within the month!

But, I just thought that somebody should be paying more attention. Now you know.

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The INSANE Reds Of New Hampshire 2017 Fall Foliage — Alton, October 16, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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All in one property within 2-miles of our house. Private, secluded property set back from the road with this beautiful pond dug by the owner 29-years ago. I have long wanted to visit and take pictures. Lucky enough to have met the owner, recently, on one of my near-daily runs. He came by today to invite me to come up and get some pictures before the leaves blew off. Though the light was not ideal, I went. WOW! What a place. 42-acres of WONDERLAND. Enjoy.

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Knight’s Pond, Alton, NH, A Little Known Gem Of A Trail In The Lakes Region

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I read about Knight’s Pond, around this time last year, on Winnipesaukee.com. It sounded interesting. Deanna and Teischan were going to a birthday party. Devanee was anxious to do something new and fun. So the two of us, with the two dogs, and Maya really was a puppy, went looking for Knight’s Pond. We found it, at last, but it wasn’t straightforward. There is NOT a single sign for it! That is OK. They want to keep it fairly secret. We were impressed. A few weeks later we all went, again, of course, with the dogs. We have been there a few times since.

Yesterday, was the anniversary (or thereabouts) of our first trip to Knight’s; the same birthday. So Devanee and I set off for Knight’s though Devanee did not realize or remember that this is what we had also done a year earlier. Of course the dogs came. It took me awhile to find the RIGHT turning off Route 28. I also forget and it is much further than I realize.

Ulysses and Maya at the start of the trail, looking towards the pond. This was last September. Maya is twice as big now.

The road that you are looking for is Rines Road, which is on your right, off Route 28, going towards Wolfeboro. Right opposite, on the other side of Rte 28, is the 2nd turning to Robert’s Cove. I am familiar with that turning since Glenn and Pam live off that, and I know that Rines is opposite — but I always forget how far it is. OK, I picked up a leaflet while I was there. Rines is 7.5 miles from the Alton Circle. Once you get onto Rines it is still 1.6 miles away — unmarked. Stay on Rines till you get to a noticeable fork in the road, bear left — it is a dirt road. Keep eyes peeled, on your left, about .5 miles from fork, for a rusty old brown gate and a brown sign. That is it. Turn in. Drive another .4 miles to the small parking area. Be careful. Don’t drive too fast. Park the car and start walking. .4 of a mile before you get to the pond.

It is quite a spectacular pond. Scenic and tranquil.

We have yet to walk all the way around the lake. We have walked the entire east side on the pond, multiple times.

It is not a hike. It is really just a gentle walk by the side of a quiet pond. There is some elevation and ruggedness, but it is not major (and definitely not Mt. Major). I think this is why this trail is so untraveled. Doing it is not something that you can ‘write home about’. But, great for kids and dogs. Maya now that she has become a water dog just loved it. Kept on going for a quick swim and then jumping back onto the trail. On the way back she worked out that she didn’t have to walk — that the trail, much of the time, follows the shoreline, quite close. So she jumped in and swam while we walked. I thought that was funny.

There is a basic map online.

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