Armington weekend

We spent the weekend camping at our property on Lake Armington, NH.  We try to have a family camping trip every year, and this year we decided to do some car-camping and to spend effort clearing some of the extensive undergrowth on our lakeside lot.  We worked really hard for several hours each day, but still only made a dent in the brush-clearing that is needed.

Early morning view of Lake Armington and Mt. Piermont

We took time out to swim and canoe in the lake. The lake was especially peaceful, with a pair of loons calling to each other and, at one point, paddling over to investigate us as we were swimming.  Although the weather was nice on Sunday, on Monday it clouded up and really let loose during dinner and overnight.  We had decided to try out the 40-year-old canvas tent, which I once used as a child, and which apparently does not have a fly.  It stood up in the pouring rain remarkably well, but  enough rain found its way inside to leave our feet in a bit of a puddle and our sleeping bags pretty wet. Good thing it was the second night!

One cool thing was my discovery of a bioluminescent fungus.  I went out the first night to see the stars, and came across a disturbed area where a rotten stick had become exposed – all the bits were glowing!  Wish I had a photo of that.  In the photo gallery you can see the stick, in daylight, and some nice photos of clear skies on Sunday morning.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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