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May 4, 2023

Hi Folks,

Day after day of rain this week has been a real drag that's for sure. A major storm on Monday caused some pretty widespread flooding here. Not as bad as Irene in 2011, but pretty bad. Bad enough that I still haven't gotten out to climb, even tho all my gear is ready...

West Side Road was closed and we couldn't get into town from this side of the Valley for about 6 hours, and on top of that the Kanc was even closed! The Mt Washington Autoroad was in the process of getting ready to open, but that's not going to happen for some time as a big chunk of the paved road above treeline was destroyed. [yikes] Many people had their roads and driveways washed away and there were lots of trees down. Fortunately we never lost power. We are mostly back to normal, but it really was quite the mess. Here are a few pictures:

I've been out doing a little work in the garden and I should mention that there are flying bugs and ticks! I gotta think that when we have the predicted warmup starting Saturday, the blackflys are going to start to swarm. [damnit]

I rode on the east side on Sunday before the rain and spotted the attached image of some graffiti on one of the pillars in the quarry area. I don't know why I was surprised, but I guess that this kind of crap is everywhere these days:
The blackflys are starting to swarm, but so far I haven't been bitten. [whew] I have bee our riding and gardening and also haven't seen much in the way of mosquitoes. Perhaps that's due to it still remaining on the chilly side at night. That won't last of course. BUT the ticks are another matter. I've only gotten a couple on me, but my friends who are out much more have had a LOT. I think that they are the much bigger worry this year. Be vigilant with the bug dope and inspections every time you're out there, even just in the yard!

The trails on the east side were good through last weekend, but not so now. It would be a good idea to stay off of them until at least the middle of next week. There has been so much rain that the ground, even in the sandy places, hasn't been able to absorb it all. Besides that, the downhill trails off Hurricane Mountain Road took a serious hit and it's going to take quite a lot of work to bring them back. Might be a good time to make a donation to NEMBA and NOCO. Here's some of the cool work they have been doing this spring:

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North Conway, New Hampshire

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