The green glow of the night sky!

One of the cool things about living up in the Notch is access to the night sky for photographs. Monday night November 13th was one of those nights for sure. I actually got the heads up about a Northern Light Show that had begun from a Mt. Washington Weather Obs Facebook posting. I’ve seen the show in the sky several times before, but never for this long. I went out to the parking lot at Great Glen Trails around 11:00p.m. and could immediately see the Aurora Borealis out on the horizon north towards Gorham. I got a few shots off, made some camera adjustments and sat on the grass to enjoy the light show. After midnight, the pillars began to shoot up and into the night sky. The whole scene became brighter the later it got.

A spectacular green haze bank across the sky formed. My exposures ranged between 20 seconds and 2 minutes. This shot of the Snow Coach was a tough one, as I wasn’t sure how to light up the van. The colors in the sky were brilliant and I decided to wave a few passes of light from my Petzl headlamp onto the vehicle. It took a couple of tries, but it did the trick.

Look forward to the next round of color from the north! -Ernie
See more great shots at Ernie Mills or on his Facebook page.

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The first snow….

is always so exciting. We know it’s not going to last when it comes this early in the season but it still makes for a delightful sight. Driving into work from below the notch was disappointing, there was no snow! As I climbed in elevation through Pinkham Notch -learn more about Pinkham Notch here my eyes grew bigger and the frown turned into a huge smile. It was snowing pretty hard and about two inches blanketed the area.

Arriving at the Auto Road made my day – a Winter Wonderland!  I was attending the Northern NH Tourism Conference in Crawford Notch and couldn’t stick around to enjoy it, but Ernie, Regina, Susan, Mike, Nate and Chara had a blast playing in it!


The snow piled up to about 4 inches and made for a fun day!

Check out more of our photos on Great Glen Trails Facebook by photographer Ernie Mills.

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Quality Time with Dad

The cool thing about spending the day with a private whitewater clinic is getting to know the people.  I had a great day on the river with Chase and Paul yesterday.  This is my second parent/child trip this year, and as a parent myself, I kept thinking what a special way to spend a day with each other.  Chase’s mom and younger brother also got some quality time going to Santa’s Village while the older boys were out ripping around the E-town Rips on the Androscoggin River.  It was one of my better clinics as both of these guys had spent a lot of time outside, hiking and flatwater paddling, and their level of fitness and enthusiasm made for a rapid progression through the basics.  Chase was grinning ear to ear after running down through the Pancake Wave and the Class II waves at the finish.  On our second and third runs we caught several of the harder eddies, and Chase took the lead for most of the afternoon, even hustling us out of the eddies.  Paul and I had a nice visit and I learned more about snowmobiles and some of the amazing trails we have in the Northeast and Canada.

A day spent doing something memorable, like running his first Class II rapid in kayaks with his Dad, will be a great memory for Chase.  I was glad I could teach them the skills to do it safely, and to be a part of it.  Thanks guys!  Keep paddling and I look forward to seeing you on the river! -Darron

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