Just so you know if you come to this part of the country, a parking pass (purchased at a kiosk) or a national park pass needs to be displayed in your windshield when you park in one of the trailhead lots.
After reading trailhead warnings about Lyme disease, ticks, and bear encounters, along with admonishments about what to take on the trail (compass, water, suntan lotion, etc.), we set out on our 6.8-mile round-trip "easy" hike to Franconia Falls on the Lincoln Woods Trail.
The 160-foot suspension bridge at the beginning was a plus. I love to bounce them up and down to make them sway.
|Bob in suspended animation.|
|Our rock concert, the East Branch of the Pemi River.|
What happens when you denude the mountains of their forests?
1. Lightning ignited a fire in the slash leftover from clearcutting.
2. After the fire, massive rainstorms stripped the mountains of their soil in an erosion event of massive proportions.
3. Runoff from future rain caused more flooding.
4. Textile factories downstream in Manchester, New Hampshire, were flooded and closed creating a substantial economic loss.
5. This got the attention of legislators and businesspeople.
6. All of the above allowed the conservationists to get their program implemented. Their agenda was to have the federal government purchase private property to create national forests in 1911 when the Weeks Amendment passed.
But I digress. The trail is wide and in the trees, protecting us from the late morning sun. Many of the trails in the White Mountain National Forest are on old railway logging beds.
|We are off to Franconia Falls Trail and from there |
it's 0.8 mi. roundtrip to the falls.
|The old railway bed.|
|Verdant greenery of the|
|Mushrooms or fungi? Or are they the same thing?|
|Our music selection for the morning.|
|Bob at Franconia Falls hopping the rocks|
trying to find a good viewpoint of the falls.
|Water making its way through a chute.|
|Looking downriver, you can see Bob (barely) on the left.|
There are also a couple of people in the pools below.
|This water is powerful stuff.|
|Looking upriver toward the falls. It was hard|
to get a good photo!
We then headed to the Lincoln Visitor Center at Exit 32 off I-93. Bob had been to it yesterday to pick up brochures and info on waterfalls. Wow! He sure found some great stuff to do and will keep us busy for the week we're here.
The reason we went back today is that I left the one brochure we needed for The Kanc back in the rig. When I went in to pick up the same brochure, there was a note on the counter that certain postcards are free. You can write them on the spot, put them in their little indoor mailbox, and they will stamp and mail them for you. So I wrote one to Mom.
Back on the road, we saw the following sign. In fact, we have seen these signs on the freeway and just about every road up here. I'm hoping we see a moose, but in a moose wallow, not on a roadway!
We stopped at a couple of overlooks and learned some new things. A local pastime is to hike to the summits of the White Mountains over 4,000 ft. in New Hampshire and Maine. These hardy souls call themselves "peak baggers." (This is much like the 14ers in the Colorado Rockies, only in Colorado the mountains are much higher! There they have to do 14 peaks of at least 14,000'.) Some people sure have lofty goals!
|Bravo and brava...quite the accomplishment!|
And they did them in WINTER.
|I think I'm a mountain tramp!|
We LOVED this waterfall. It is very different from the last one we saw.
|The very easy trail.|
|Zen rock stacking.|
|Bob way ahead on the trail.|
I get way behind taking photos.
|This looks like a very old historical marker!|
|Looking up a dike (the dark-colored|
rock) to part of Sabbaday Falls.
|This isn't the confusing sign. I didn't take a|
picture of that one.
|Quite a chute coming out from the falls.|
|This was a harder part of the trail.|
|But it was worth it.|
|Bob at Sabbaday Falls overlook.|
|Close-up of the Rocky Gorge Falls.|
|The place to be: Lower Falls.|
Back to the present: Take a look at the following photos. This place looks like a blast! [Oops, back to the past: The photos below remind us of taking OUR boys camping in Oregon. We liked to camp near a place called Little Falls. There were all levels of rocks from which to jump or dive into a huge, deep pool. We'd go there as often as we could for weekend trips. Much like these families are doing here.]
|Kids of all ages finding the right spot to cool off.|
|The awkward teens.|
|A rock slide into a shallow pool.|
The yellow flowers below are blooming now in the mountains. Thank you to Nikki Tiffany for the identification of the goldenrod!
|Goldenrod in bloom.|
We made a U-turn right there at the T intersection and high-tailed it back to Lincoln. Again, very light traffic. That's more like it.
Two more overlooks later and again we had new knowledge of this foreign (to us) place.
|Plant zones along the Kancamagus.|
And that was our fantastic day on the Kancamagus Highway. As we drove into Lincoln, Bob asked if I wanted Thai or Mexican food for dinner. That would be Thai. We ate at Thai 9 and had a yummy, satisfying meal.
|Very good restaurant.|
|Lincoln Town Hall in New Hampshire.|
|Cute sign. It tickled my funny bone.|
|Rainbow over the entrance to our campground.|