I will admit that I had high hopes for this road trip. High enough hopes that I scared myself a little. Would it live up to my impossible expectations? And I’m happy to say that yes, yes it has. And still I wander…
When you go to the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire and buy a ticket to visit the Flume Gorge you will see that there is a deal available and you may decide to also buy a ticket to ride the tram to the top of Cannon Mountain. What a spectacular view of the distant mountain ranges, which the guide said included NH, VT, NY and even Quebec. I can only show you photos, but can’t say which mountains you are viewing. I just know that they are beautiful. Is it any wonder that my old friend has permanently lost his heart to these mountains?
The trees on top of the mountain aren’t particularly tall, but I wouldn’t have noticed that on my own. My own personal mountain man guide says that it’s because the snow and wind breaks off the tops of the trees. And then I saw what he meant.
Canon Mountain was also the home of the Old Man of the Mountain, an image and name that I knew from childhood, but never saw in person. I snapped this photo of a poster just as we were hopping onto the tram, because seeing the rock formation that formed the ‘face’ makes you understand how it came to fall in 2003. This next from Wikipedia;
The Old Man first became famous largely because of statesman Daniel Webster, a New Hampshire native, who once wrote: “Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”