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Monday, May 31, 2021

Chocorua with Erin

For our first adventure together up north, Erin and I hiked Chocorua mountain, which is as close to a 4,000-footer as you can get. The hike ended up being 8.5-miles with 2,782 feet in elevation gain. We heard black-throated green warblers, black and white warblers and blackburnian warblers. We heard white-throated sparrows up top and saw a raven. Rhodora, pink lady’s slipper, and bilberry were in bloom and we saw an abnormal formed four-flowered painted trillium! I was worried low clouds would obscure the 360-degree views but they broke right as we reached the top. This was Erin's first big mountain and she crushed it! It’s been a while since hiking a big mountain with a beginner; it made me slow down, enjoy the journey and think back to how difficult my first big mountain was. So glad we got it done together!


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