On a cold day with highs in the 20s I had hoped to do a snowshoe bushwhack on a firm base to some slides, but there were only a few patches at the trailhead and a test sample revealed grainy snow that was not very supportive. So Plan B was a favorite bare ground spring bushwhack around Acteon Ridge.
I started out on the Old Waterville Road and made a brief stop at the Foss and Burbank Cemetery, in which are buried family members of the earliest settlers in Waterville Valley. According to Waterville Valley historian Preston Conklin, the cemetery dates back to 1831. Because the gravestone surfaces are fragile, no physical contact and no rubbings of the inscriptions are permitted.
Nice walking on Old Waterville Road.
Also beside Old Waterville Road is the cellar hole of Moses Foss, the first settler in Waterville Valley, who moved here with his wife and six children in 1819. He and Josiah Gillis received the original land grant for Waterville from the NH Legislature.