Saturday 10/05/13, Sue drove us up to Farmington, NH off Meaderboro Road to Butternut Farms to pick apples and get a couple of pumpkins for our front porch.
It wasn't too crowded when we got there about 11:00am. It was a beautiful day, with just a little crispness in the air. A picture perfect Fall day. Sue got some Red Delicious that she made apple crisp Sunday morning. She also wanted to try their Honey Crisp apples. We couldn't believe how smooth tasting they were: not tart or sharp acidic as sometimes you find other apples, They were so good, we each had one for lunch. Well, we had one of their homemade donuts with it because we could smell them cooking all over the farm as we walked around.
From there, we drove over to Blue Job Mountain, arriving around 12:30pm. Sue had been telling me for a couple of years what a great view it was from the top, and it was. The climb is fairly easy. We took the right side east trail up, stopping briefly at a small pond where Sue had captured a great picture of a frog some years back; she had to show me where that all took place. It's a really peaceful area, though it's such a popular mountain that I suspect it could get a bit aggravating sharing the quiet with 20 of your closest friends.
We continued up the trail, branching off to the left to a rocky clearing with really great views. I thought we were at the top, but Sue motioned me back on the trail. After about 5 more minutes, we crested onto the top of the mountain with an unbelievable 360 degree panoramic view. As one of the hiking web sites described it: "Blue Job Mountain has arguably the best view in Southern New Hampshire. It is because of the view, which spans from Mt. Washington to the north, Mt. Monadnock to the west and Atlantic Ocean to the east."
Coming off the mountain, we decided on going exploring and successfully got lost on the back roads where we ended up on two dead enders. We wound around through the Strafford area for awhile, finally picking up Rt. 202A and onto Rt. 126 south. We stopped off at the store to do our weekly shopping so we wouldn't have to go out Sunday, and got back home about 3:00pm.
After unpacking the groceries, we each had stuff we wanted to work on before relaxing for the evening. For dinner, we had bought a small wedge of ham that I fixed a red wine herb sauce for. We put that into the oven with a macaroni and cheese dinner we had bought, and let both bake for an hour and a half while we sat in the living room playing backgammon and listening to music. We started the movie early, the really nice 1999 Kevin Costner romantic drama, For Love of the Game, so we could get to bed because I was really beat from the day. But a great day it was!