Whenever my husband and I have family or friends come visit us in Portsmouth, we always offer to take our guests on a hike if they are into that kind of thing! My mother-in-law was visiting from New Jersey this past weekend and she was really interested in doing something active and penciling some leaf peeping in as well! We thought Mount Major would be the perfect spot since it is not too strenuous of a climb but the payoff is top notch! Plus the drive from Portsmouth to Alton is really pretty.

I dusted off my snazzy hiking boots from Kittery Trading Post, and was thrilled to put some miles on those bad boys since they had been sitting dormant all Summer. We accidentally took my MIL up the steepest trail (blue) but she was a trooper! We started off real chatty and by the end we were all huffing and puffing too much to converse.

Once we reached the peak we indulged in a summit snack of trail mix and Cliff bars. We posted up by that fort thing made of rocks at the top for our picnic. When we were hanging out up there I noticed this hilarious figurine someone had made out of a couple of potatoes and what I can only assume is a photo of himself. I looked closely to see if it was someone famous and I couldn’t place the face! They even went as far as to knit a little hat for him. This little guy is prepared for the Winter months! I mean, that is dedication.

Kira Lew

I have seen people leave bottles of booze on the Summits of Mountains for others to enjoy but I have never seen anything like this. Is this a trend I don't know about? If you are the face behind this potato headed mountain man, please come forth! I would like you to know that I think you're hilarious!

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