New Hampshire Vacation, Part 4.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We couldn't leave New Hampshire without a visit to North Conway's old Five and Dime and Zeb's General Store.  I could have spent hours there, had there not been bears and kids ready to burn some energy.



So we loaded up and headed to Franconia Notch to visit Flume Gorge.  What an incredible attraction.  We took a two-mile hike to visit a narrow gorged flanked by 80 ft. high granite walls.  The water was clear and rushing fast, and there seemed to be a new waterfall every 100 yards.  We hiked up steep trails, over pine
bridges, and even over a red painted bridge.  Along the way, we stopped and admired the view of the surrounding mountains, glacial boulders, and lush forest vegetation. 






 


I hiked the entire way, including up hundreds of stairs, with Little Brother on my back.  Big Sister proved she is the best hiker of us all by zipping up and down the mountainside. 



 



Back at the visitor's center, we watched a film about the "Old Man of the Mountain," which was a granite profile of a man's face that jutted off the side of the mountain for thousands of years.  It is a symbol of the state and even appears on license plates and highway signs.  We were shocked to learn that it came crashing down in 2003, and has not been restored.  All of us, especially Big Sister, were fascinated by this
natural wonder.

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