Before the ski lifts

  On the Franconia Ridge Trail, in the White Mountains.

On the Franconia Ridge Trail, in the White Mountains.

"A visit to New Hampshire supplies the most resources to a traveler, and confers the most benefit on the mind and taste, when it lifts him above mere appetite for wildness, ruggedness, and the feeling of mass and precipitous elevation, into a perception and love of the refined grandeur, the chaste sublimity, the airy majesty overlaid with tender and polished bloom, in which the landscape splendor of a noble mountain lies.''

-- Thomas Starr King, (1824-1864), Unitarian minister and author of  The White Hills; their Legends, Landscapes, & Poetry.