Franconia Ridge PanoramaEagle Lake and Franconia Ridge from AMC Greenleaf Hut, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire. Summer has essentially come to New England, even with a week to go before it's official. Although I am always plugging away at a new painting or two, the lure of fun things outdoors makes speedy progress difficult.
For example, I had the opportunity to stay at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Greenleaf Hut in the White Mountain National Forest over the weekend. Greenleaf, one of eight AMC off-the-grid, back-country lodgings sits about a mile from the summit of New Hampshire's Mount Lafayette (seen above). The hut is rustic: no heat, bunk beds, family-style dinner and breakfast, and you have to hike there under your own steam. But the views and the forest are awesome.
Full disclosure: I work for the AMC (Yes, I have a day job; two in fact) so I frequently have chances to stay in the huts. However, I've been a hiking devotee my entire life. It is one of my favorite ways to find adventure and relax. Walking through these rare patches of wilderness certainly influences my artwork and gives me time to think and plot my way to new paintings and projects. I try to get out there as much as I can.
It's going to be a busy summer with many hikes planned, a bunch of painting ideas waiting in the wings, a documentary still in the editing stages (Did I say 'Coming in May'? Err, I meant June), and a booth at (ahts) The Boston Arts Festival on August 30th and 31st, thrown in for good measure!
For now, here's another lovely view. Enjoy!
Franconia NotchCannon Mountain from the floor of Franconia Notch, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire.