New Hampshire on Columbus Day weekend is best avoided. Hotels hike up their rates so you end up paying 160 bucks for a room with rusty bath tubs and cobwebs everywhere. Even some of the lesser-known routes are not spared by leaf-peepers, thanks to all the “off the beaten path” stories doing the rounds. We were there to celebrate our son’s first birthday in Story Land, which will, in time, be written about in great lengths. In this very blog. Just not in this post. This one’s dedicated to a moose we saw on our way back. Isn’t it a beauty?