Monday, May 17, 2010

Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail

It seems there are always new ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the Monadnock Region.  Last year the state designated Temple Mountain (formerly Temple Ski Area) as the newest state preserve.  Ironically it is right across the road from Miller State Park, the New Hampshire's oldest state park.

This year brings us the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail.  It is maintained by the Monadnock Conservancy and is promoted as a trail you can start right from downtown Peterborough and hike all the way to the top of Pack Monadnock.

Of course we had to hike it for ourselves so we parked in Depot Square in Downtown Peterborough, crossed the Main Street Bridge, and followed Pine Street to Cheney Avenue where the trail begins.  We spent about the first mile on sidewalks and residential streets until the entrance to the trail takes you through a wide open field and across Old Street Road.

From there, we hiked past a marsh land where we watched the ducks and birds, through a forest alongside and across a babbling brook for quite a distance, then past Cranberry Meadow Pond which was remote, undeveloped, and very relaxing.  Through some more woods led to a connector to the Raymond Trail that took us to the peak of 2300' Pack Monadnock and some very rewarding views of the region.

By the time we returned to the car, more than seven hours had passed and we had hiked at least eight miles.  This is a very scenic trail and a great addition to the area's hiking options.  The ability to park in downtown Peterborough and without spending much time on busy streets end up at the top of Pack Monadnock is fantastic!  Anyone who wants to get out and hike all day, this one is a highly recommend.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Driving Miss Daisy, our oldest guest yet!

Daisy came and stayed with us for two nights but we did not have to offer her a bed (she brought her own sleeping arrangements) and we did not have to give her breakfast.  Talk about low maintenance :)  Daisy is a 1910 Model T Ford, that's right, one hundred years old and still trucking...err...driving!

Daisy was here with her owners that were in the area for a "Pre-1916" auto tour.  They were here for three days of touring around the region and although the weather did not co-operate on Saturday, they still got two days of driving in and exploring the area.

Daisy turned out to be a treat for everyone staying at Little River Bed and Breakfast as it dominated the breakfast conversation and everyone made sure to be around when Daisy was rolled out of her trailer for the days drive.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cruz-In downtown in Depot Park

Depot Park in downtown Peterborough has been the site of many events from a weekly summer farmer's market and Shakespeare performances to Peak into Peterborough festivals and antiques fairs.  Now we can add a good old fashioned "Cruise-In"  The Peterborough "Cruz-Ins" will take place the second Sunday of every month between May and September so the first one will be this Sunday, May 9th.

It appears it will not be just local cars as we have guests staying with us at Little River Bed and Breakfast coming from well outside the region as he plans to show off his vintage at the show.

If you are a car enthusiast or just appreciate vintage cars and trucks, this should be a fun new addition to the downtown summer scene!