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Last weekend, in search of a nice walk with the kids after lunch, we discovered Jackson Falls, New Hampshire.
We were taking our last trip of the summer to New Hampshire with friends, returning to Storyland before it closes for the season. Despite it being rather chillier than the last time we visited, we had a wonderful day there on Saturday.
On Sunday, after an amazing brunch at the Red Fox in Jackson, we decided to make the most of the beautiful day and take a turn up to Jackson Falls which had been recommended to us as an easy, pretty walk with the kids.
It did not disappoint!
We followed signs to the lower falls, and this was our first glimpse of the water as we followed the footpath.
It was really pretty under the trees, but there was no obvious way up to the top of the Falls. We either went back out onto the road or climbed up through the rocks.
So, the party split and the older children and four of the adults went for the adventure of the climb, while the two mums of wee girls took them up the easier route via the road. That of course included me!
Once we had rounded some houses, the Falls came back into view and it was amazing, although the best views were yet to come. We carried on towards the top, soaking in the fabulous surroundings.
We reached the top of the Falls, which at this time of year is quite dry and looks more like rapids. But, it must be spectacular when the snow melts!
While we waited for the others to complete their climb, the girls set about exploring the rocks and the water, which was rather chilly!
And, no, I’m not sure what the wee girl was looking for either :)
It was then time to sit back and take in the view.
It really was breathtaking, a real moment of perfect calm.
While we sat, the boys climbed… My husband took a few shots for me, but was more focused on ensuring a safe climb!
And, one of our friends took this wonderful photo of the 9yo with his dad.
They all enjoyed the climb and made good time, reaching us while the girls were still more than happy clambering about on the rocks and the mums were still soaking in the view across the Falls and over the mountains.
I watched as my husband and the boys continued to investigate their surroundings, taking in the rock formations and marvelling at the power of the water that created the channels.
We decided to continue on as far as an old iron bridge, before heading back to our cars and the long drive home.
The 6yo having a little rest when we got there.
The view from the bridge was pretty much perfect, and a stunning end to a wonderful weekend.
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