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Aim Crossing West Branch Peabody River - New Hampshire | by Mountain Visions
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Aim Crossing West Branch Peabody River - New Hampshire

The Peabody as it drains out of the Great Gulf Wilderness is simply beautiful. Miles and miles of white water cascades. However, the flow of water is so powerful that the drone eventually becomes tiresome in wet periods, and crossing it can be a challenge.


Some crossings at the edge of the wilderness have bridges, but most require fording. As you get further up the crossings become a bit less easy, and somewhat more dangerous in high water.


We happened to be in New Hampshire during one of the wettest periods in the history of the region, it rained for nearly 2 weeks straight, and some localized flooding was taking out bridges and roads. Needless to say, we cut our trip short by a few days and boogied out after hearing the NOAA weather forecast. Mist, intermittent rain, even a nice downpour are all part of the fun, but 2 weeks of pouring rain calls for a re-evalaution of plans and relocation to someplace a bit drier when you have the option!


Of course the Northeast is famous for these weather extremes. We get more rain than the Pacific Northwest, are hotter at times than the Southwest,often as humid as the Southeast, often get more snow at elevation than the Rockies, and often have long drought stretches. Stable weather is infrequent, and fleeting. It's always interesting! And if your planning something best bet is to look out the window cause the forecast is rarely right!

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Taken on November 30, 2008