Today I snowshoed up and around the Flume in the Franconia Notch State Park. I was with Aunt Cindy and Uncle Wayne and their friends Marylin and Andy. Allison hung back at the house and got a ton of knitting done as well as some book club reading completed.

We drove up to the trailhead and then put our equipment on and headed out to the trail. It was a very nice hike and easy walking. We went up to the lower Flume Gorge and got to see a bunch of ice climbers. They were scaling the frozen walls of the gorge. It was beautiful to see the ice all over the rocks. Those ice climbers were awesome to watch.

We then climbed up to the Tip ‘O The Gorge and were able to look back down the gorge. From there we could still see the ice climbers who were near the top of the ice walls. I was on one platform with Andy and Marylin and on the other was Aunt Cindy and Uncle Wayne; we threw some snowballs back and forth.

All through the snowshoe hike I stopped and took many pictures as well as filmed footage for The Wired Kayaker’s first Podcast. I will need another video camera for the podcast. Unfortunately the camera I want is not coming out until around April and when it does it is not that inexpensive either. I need a good camera that is small and will be able to zoom and focus. My Canon SD800IS can zoom and focus well for a still shot but not very well for the video. The digital zoom is useless for the taping video. But the optical zoom is fine. Hopefully between yesterday and today I was able to get enough to cobble together a decent first podcast.

When we got home I took my SD cards out and got the pictures off the cameras. Then I tried to get the pictures off my Uncle’s camera. My laptop has a memory card slot built in that takes SD, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro, Smart Media and XD cards. Well, let’s just say that it no longer reads cards of any kind. The Memory Stick Pro from Uncle Wayne’s camera wouldn’t read and then was pushed too far into the reader. I tried to get it out with tweezers and pushed it even further. The problem was that the tweezers pushed together before they could grip the memory card. So now I have a broken pair of tweezers and a broken memory card reader. I did get the memory card out, and then pushed it back in a second time and it got stuck again. I know, that was really dumb to do.

Tonight we played many different games like Farkle, Left Right Center, Scat, Scattergories, and Catch Phrase. One of the fun things I really look forward to when we spend time with Aunt Cindy and Uncle Wayne is certainly the time we spend playing games. That is really so much fun after a day of some exercise out in the great outdoors.

We had a very nice meal that Aunt Cindy made and then played some more games and now we are hanging out watching the Amazing Race and Grease. I did finally figure out the DVD player. And I didn’t even have to shove some broken tweezers into it.

The Pemigewasset River Covered Bridge
The Pemigewasset River Covered Bridge

Ice Climbers in the Flume Gorge
Ice Climbers in the Flume Gorge

A narrow walk up to the Flume Gorge
A narrow walk up to the Flume Gorge

Uncle Wayne
Uncle Wayne

Ice Climber
Ice Climber

Ice Climbing in the Flume Gorge.
Ice Climbing in the Flume Gorge.

Ice Climber
Ice Climber

Another Ice Climber
Another Ice Climber

Aunt Cindy and Uncle Wayne attempt to swat snowballs.
Aunt Cindy and Uncle Wayne attempt to swat snowballs.

Shadow.
Shadow.

Uncle Wayne, Aunt Cindy, Marylin and Andy on the Sentinel Pine Bridge.
Uncle Wayne, Aunt Cindy, Marylin and Andy on the Sentinel Pine Bridge.

Sentinel Pine Bridge - 1939
Sentinel Pine Bridge – 1939

The pool below the Sentinel Pine Bridge.
The pool below the Sentinel Pine Bridge.

Aunt Cindy and Uncle Wayne.
Aunt Cindy and Uncle Wayne.

Mountains.
Mountains.

Me using the QuikPod.
Me using the QuikPod.

Uncle Wayne.
Uncle Wayne.

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