Tuesday late morning 09/29/20 Sue and I headed off for a relaxing day foliage viewing drive to North Conway. We headed out on Route 75 through Farmington, NH, eventually winding our way through Lebanon, ME, and over to Route 202.
We wanted to make a deep arch through southern Maine to see how the foliage was developing there. We drove through Sanford, ME, Alfred, Lyman, and Dayton where we picked up Route 5. We drove north through the beautiful small towns of Limerick and Cornish Maine, stopping to get out and take a spectacular picture of the mountains in Limerick, and then we got out and walked around the village of Cornish.
In Cornish, we switched over onto Route 113, up through Brownfield, ME, and into Fryeburg, ME. Sue remembered a small vegetable farm she used to go to somewhere off of River Road, and so we struck out for that. It was a really neat place, and we picked up 3 pumpkins, and some other things while we were there.
We got a little turned around coming out of the farm, but a nice couple stopped to ask where we were trying to get to. We were hungry, and were just trying to get to the BurgerKing in Conway. "Follow us," they said. "We're going right by it!" Good thing they stopped, because we probably would have headed in the wrong direction.
Once we got into Redstone, we both knew where we were, and were soon pulling through the drive up window. We pulled around the building, and took our lunches over to one of the picnic tables looking over toward some hills where the foliage was just past peak, but beautiful none the less.
After lunch, we drove north on Route 16 into North Conway Village where Sue insisted in stopping at the famous Zeb's General Store. We continued out north on 16, making a left turn onto River Road, and drove to the foot of Cathedral Ledge. We were surprised that the gates were locked so we couldn't drive up to the top. I think that was to keep crowds from congregating during the pandemic.
On the way out, I stopped the car, got out and snapped a shot of the ledge to at least show that we were there. We took West Side Road back down into Conway, stopping for some pictures of the Swift River Bridge before continuing on 16 to where we picked up 113 to Madison
As we were going through Madison, Sue made some comment about Madison Boulder, which I had never heard of. When she explained it, I had to go see it. That is an amazing thing to see! The pictures I took certainly don't do it justice; it's just something you'd have to see for yourself....
Out of Madison, we picked up Route 41 around Silver Lake which dropped us out onto Route 16 south. We only stayed a short time on 16 south, preferring to go off onto Route 25 west where we picked up two of my favorite scenic roads: 171, and then 109 down through Moultonborough and into Wolfeboro.
We arrived back home around 4:30 to the howls of a very pissed off Beau Dog for leaving him for about 7 hours. Great little day trip - enjoy all the pictures!
Hills surrounding Limerick, ME
Another shot of the outskirts of Limerick, ME
Cornish toy shop.
Sue in the little park in Cornish, ME
Another view of the park in Cornish.
Tourist shot from the picnic bench at the BurgerKing in Conway looking north toward Mount Cranmore.
Social distancing line queued up in front of Zeb's General Store, North Conway, NH
Yes! Proof that we did go to Cathedral Ledge!
Another shot Sue took toward Cathedral Ledge from West Side Road.
I'm a happy guy in the mountains!
Swift River Bridge, Conway, NH
Road into the Madison Boulder park.
Park sign at entrance to Madison Boulder
Yup... that's one big rock....