NH High Points: Omelette Man and Franconia Ridge

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since Kaya left.

It took some getting used to being on my own. I will admit I was feeling a bit lonely at first, but I’ve worked through it and I’m loving every minute again. I have now hiked over 350 miles, and I’m into New Hampshire and the White Mountains.

I’ve continued to meet all sorts of interesting people, but two of them especially stand out in my mind.

A few days ago I met the Crawford family. They are a family of seven (two adults and five kids) thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail this year. The youngest of the kids is still in diapers. The other kids are being home-schooled and as I followed them up a mountain I noticed that one of the kids was practicing their ABCs by writing the alphabet on rocks in chalk one letter at a time every 20 to 30 yards.

The other iconic person I met was the omelette man. He makes omelettes for hikers and has a full kitchen set up right on the trail. I started to hear rumor of him about a week ahead of time so by the time I got to him I was pretty excited. I was hearing stories about the most amazing omelettes and one hiker even said he had a six-egg omelette. The omelette man comes out to make omelettes for hikers all summer, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He brings a fresh ham on the bone every day and he always keeps several dozen bananas hanging on a tree in his shack that he built in the woods. I arrived after 5 so I camped next to his shack and waited for him to arrive the next morning. Needless to say the omelette was amazing and I went for the six-egg version of course.

I’ve had all sorts of other amazing moments, including crossing over the White River one afternoon in 94-degree heat and discovering the most idyllic swimming hole just when I needed it most.

And crossing into New Hampshire was another exciting moment. It’s always fun hiking across another state line but this one felt different because it’s in the middle of a town and you hike across the Connecticut River, which is the border between Vermont and New Hampshire.

But the highlight of my entire hike so far came two days ago.

I hiked across the Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains and it was a life-changing experience. This is an eight-mile traverse across three mountain peaks, all connected by a ridge with four to five miles of it above tree line. The day was supposed to be clear but unfortunately when I hit the first summit I was in clouds with no view. As I was hiking off the first summit the sky started to clear and within a couple of seconds it was like the sky opened up. It was an incredibly memorable moment I won’t forget.

 
Today I’m tucked into a shelter on top of Mount Guyot, waiting out a stormy day and resting up for the Presidential Range, which includes Mount Washington.
Cheers,
Mr Maps
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Comments 2

  • Patty Mallo : Jul 25th

    Paul, I am so enjoying keeping up on you adventure! The photos you have posted are amazing! Keep on trekking, Mr. Maps!!

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  • Jon Ryder : Jul 30th

    Paul,

    This has been a great journey! Kathleen and I love reading the updates and seeing the pictures. Safe hiking/travels in the weeks ahead.

    -Jon&Kathleen

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