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The Lupine Fields

Hayride Through the Lupine Fields

For years I‘ve heard of the lupine fields of the Franconia/Sugar Hill area. For one reason or another, I never made it there to witness the wonderful phenomena before the season was over. That changed this year.

It so happens that my mother’s birthday falls at the beginning of the season. This year, we went together up to the White Mountain area, past the flume and on to the picturesque village of Sugar Hill. We parked near ‘The Sugar Hill Sampler’ shop and noticed a horse drawn hay wagon in the distance, coming through the fields of intensely colored lupine. A moment later, we noticed a sign near the shop entrance, explaining it was the waiting area for the rides, and tickets were available inside for $4 each. We purchased our tickets and in a couple of minutes, the wagon drew nigh and the current occupants disembarked. We handed the driver our tickets, took our places on the hay bales, and awaited our journey.

For the next several minutes, our 2 amiable horses pulled the wagon through the fields strewn with thousands of lupine in multiple shades of blue and purple, set against the mountains of the valley. The effect was enchanting. The conversation among the passengers was mostly limited to oohs and aahs.

Upon return, we retrieved our picnic from our vehicle and spread a blanket in the meadow next to the parking lot. We enjoyed our simple faire while watching the next wagon load set forth into the sea of graceful alpine flowers.

After lunch, we browsed among the many interesting offerings in the nearby Country Sampler shop, choosing some unique gifts from the many homemade and handmade offerings.

All in all, our trip to the lupine fields of Western NH was pleasantly memorable. I’m already looking forward to the return of the lupines next year when I plan to incorporate a more thorough search of what the area has to offer.

For years I‘ve heard of the lupine fields of the Franconia/Sugar Hill area. For one reason or another, I never made it there to witness the wonderful phenomena before the season was over. That changed this year.

It so happens that my mother’s birthday falls at the beginning of the season. This year, we went together up to the White Mountain area, past the flume and on to the picturesque village of Sugar Hill. We parked near ‘The Country Sampler’ shop and noticed a horse drawn hay wagon in the distance, coming through the fields of intensely colored lupine. A moment later, we noticed a sign near the shop entrance, explaining it was the waiting area for the rides, and tickets were available inside for $4 each. We purchased our tickets and in a couple of minutes, the wagon drew nigh and the current occupants disembarked. We handed the driver our tickets, took our places on the hay bales, and awaited our journey.

For the next several minutes, our 2 amiable horses pulled the wagon through the fields strewn with thousands of lupine in multiple shades of blue and purple, set against the mountains of the valley. The effect was enchanting. The conversation among the passengers was mostly limited to oohs and aahs.

Upon return, we retrieved our picnic from our vehicle and spread a blanket in the meadow next to the parking lot. We enjoyed our simple faire while watching the next wagon load set forth into the sea of graceful alpine flowers.

After lunch, we browsed among the many interesting offerings in the nearby Country Sampler shop, choosing some unique gifts from the many homemade and handmade offerings.

All in all, our trip to the lupine fields of Western NH was pleasantly memorable. I’m already looking forward to the return of the lupines next year when I plan to incoorporate a more thorough search of what the area has to offer.

Sugar Hill Lupine Fields

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