We're headed to the highest point in New Hampshire_Mt Washington(6288ft.) in the White Mountain National Forest! I-93 North takes us to our first stop_
WOW!!!"The Old Man of the Mountain", nicknamed the Great Stone Face or Profile, was located in Franconia Notch State Park. Discovered in 1805, the rocks that made up the profile collapsed on May 3, 2003.The Profile was a natural rock formation that was formed by a series of geologic happenings that began an estimated 200 million years ago. It hovered majestically 1,200 feet above Profile Lake. The Old Man was made of five separate granite ledges arranged horizontally to form a man’s profile. From chin to forehead, the Profile measured about 40 feet and was 25 feet wide.On May 3, 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed during the night hours....:-(!
Kangamangus Highway_that's a cool name,is the main traffic mover & there was alot of traffic.Franconia Notch State Park allows you to travel through dense wooded areas. I kept looking for the "Last of the Mohican's".I can see why early Landscape Painters chose this area as well..beautiful!
Entering the Landing area for the drive to Mt.Washington_I'm thinking_we need to change drivers! I was NOT about to drive to 6228 ft.!!!Glad we bought jackets because little did we Texans know that it was gonna be cold at the top plus breathing would be a little difficult.Anyway,the Ranger gave us the cassette to listen to for the drive up_AND told us to be sure to rest your Brakes at each stop point!I'm like ,what the what is he talking about! Here's the Entry Point_
Next stop,The Flume.So,John wants to take the Tram to get a better view...I was like NO!!! I'll shop,check out the Museum at the Flume and get my "Sensibilities "back after "The Drive".He took the Tram_
..he was so excited about the view! Don't know if I could have survived another "White-Knuckle Moment"separated by only a couple hours! I took on the "Visitors Center"_
The Walk-About of a lifetime begins_here's a couple of pictures but the video will blow you away.The vision of that walk,the peace,the serenity,picking up the tiniest pine cones I'd ever seen,the mist,the magic_is a memory that lingers today in my mind and soul!
This video dated 10/2010 captures the sound very good.
We called it a day...headed to the hotel...what a day!
Headed South_stopped in N.Conway briefly to shop at the Outlet Mall,continuing on to Center Conway,taking Hwy 113 to Chocorua,West Ossipee and Tamworth. Around one curb,we had a WOW Moment_a cottage home flying the Texas Lone Star Flag.We stopped at a Nursery & picked up loose White Birch Bark for a Craft Project.
Time to stop in Tamworth to visit Dr.Remick's Farm and Museum which sits in a valley_so you're able to get a good view of The Ossipee Mountains.Dr.Remick's Farm was great to explore_seeing some of the early instruments used for surgery & office visits_trust me_"we've come along way,baby"!Loved all the Antiques_even a drum from the American Revolutionary War was on display.
Here's a link: http://www.remickmuseum.org/
Afterwards,we drove through White Lake State Park_a very secluded park,met a couple walking their dogs_surreal moment.
Heading out,we took Hwy 109 to Lake Winnipesaukee,aka "The Lakes "areas.First stop was The Old Country Store and Museum in Moultonboro.Fell in love with this place_especially the fellow that greeted you at the entrance.
And the Goodies...
And the museum.. http://nhcountrystore.com/
Traveled next to Center Harbour and Holderness.We were in search of the place they filmed "On Golden Pond"(1981).When visiting Holderness,NH one can take a boat tour of Squam Lake and view the filming sites from the movie.There is also a restaurant called "Walter's Basin," which is named after the trout called "Walter" that Billy catches with Norman.
Squam lake was a very serene area_but,it was time to head back.We were so close to "Castle In the Clouds"...maybe next time!
Yet,another great "Memorable Road Trip"....there's more to come in August.Until next time..
~Here's Travelin' with You~
The Sage Book Whisperer