I have spent all Summer yearning to get out onto the big lake. Going out onto Winnipesaukee is something that every New Englander needs to do. A few years back a few of my friends brought me out there for the first time. It was such a great experience that ever since then I have wanted to go back. Last weekend I finally got my opportunity.
On Saturday I was lucky enough to take a ride with Mount Washington Cruises. The beautiful day had melted into a magnificent night. We were dropped off at 6:30 at the Wiers Beach ticket office. It is a historic old building that sits right on the boardwalk. The train tracks run right up to it, which left me wondering if it had been the old train station. Something in the architecture spoke to me of a time long past. That day kids shuffled aimlessly around the boardwalk, loudly talking and laughing. tourists took pictures, and couples moved past us. We gathered our group, moving past them to collect our tickets. We took the simple tickets, walking precariously down the dock in our heels.
The crew quickly searched our bags, before taking our picture and welcoming us aboard. They were all incredibly professional. We moved out onto the boat, and were immediately met with a great view of the lake. Making our way to the rear of the boat, we then went to the second floor for seating. On the first two decks there is indoor seating. On the third deck there is open seating. The best thing about the boat is there are so many options for visitors. There is seating all over the boat, which makes it incredibly easy for customer to be comfortable, and much of the seating also looks out onto the lake.
We had decided on the Dinner Cruise, which runs from 7-10pm. After settling in, we went to the front of the boat to the buffet. The food on the boat is simple, yet very good. They had stuff such as salads, and roast beef, and some pasta salads. It was very well prepared, and the staff was very helpful. The plates were neat, and they had a Mount Washington monogrammed on their sides. I ate, enjoying the scenery of the lake out the windows. While we were , 7pm rolled around and the boat made its slow way out of the harbor. With a long whistle blast, we pulled off.
After I finished my meal I made my way outside. It was a warm August night, and the sun was slowly making its way down. It cast beautiful rays across the lake. It was so clear that I could see clear across the lake. The vast surface of Winnipesaukee was a dark blue. Near the horizon a small cloud bank had formed. The sun slowly sank behind it, and warm golden rays were cast out over everything.
The lakes surface was restless, as we ventured out. All around us small boats zipped by, kicking up the surface. Some people simply waved making their way past. Others stood up and bent their arms, trying to get the captain to blow the horn. I stood at the rail, trying to take everything in. I have loved being out on the water since childhood. Being near bodies of water is how I connect with nature. I can sit by a stream for hours, simply thinking.
The wind was kicking up, and I soon found that I had worn inappropriate apparel. The dress was great for the occasion, but limited my mobility. I had to lean up again the rail so that my dress did not kick up in the wind. If I go again, I will make sure to wear a simple sweater and some pants. I sat outside watching as the sun went down. The boat cruises across the lake, but you are still able to see everything as you pass by. The boat has plenty of seats near the rail as well. I watched the sun go down, before heading back inside.
It was an incredible experience. I recommend it to anyone looking for a great summer activity in New Hampshire.