Today was a spectacular day, weather wise, and we spent it up in the Notch. Franconia Notch is one of my favorite places in New Hampshire and oh so beautiful. Since the addition of I-93 it is a quick trip up there to the mountains. We started at Indian Head, which is a natural rock formation that resembles an Indian Head. Ever since the Old Man crashed we have missed him, so Indian Head seemed like somewhat of a substitute. After admiring him we headed north and stopped at The Flume. This is a beautiful natural gorge with boardwalks allowing guests to safely enjoy the walk through. There are waterfalls and boulders, covered bridges and narrow pathways. We had a terrific walk through, with no crowds!
Indian Head rock formation
Walking the Flume
Unfortunately, some clouds rolled in while we were walking through the Flume. Our plan was to go up the Aerial Tramway next. Along the way The Basin came into view, so, of course, we stopped. Being the good tourists we were today we didn't want to miss anything. The Basin is a huge pool formed by water rushing over the rocks. It is beautiful to see the water swirl around in the pool and wonder how long it will be before new directions are formed.
30 deep here.
Nice spot on Pemigewassat River
Again we headed for the Aerial Tramway. This is a large, 80 person, gondola that carries passengers up Cannon Mountain all year round. In the winter for skiing, leaf peeping the fall and in the summer for tourists enjoying the views of the gorgeous countryside. Even though it was cloudy we rode up. The visibility was 50 miles with some wind and temps about 50 at the summit. The ride is about 7 minutes and very smooth. We rode in the 'mustard' car and watched the 'ketchup' one come down. That's yellow and red, by the way. At the summit there is a rim trail that gives views in all directions, and a lookout tower that makes it even more beautiful.
Pretty high up
View from top of Cannon Mtn.
On top of Cannon (brrrr)
The Cannon tram.
Looking down on Echo Lake
After returning to the ground we made a stop at the New England Historical Ski Museum right there on the grounds. It is full of fabulous photos and facts about skiing from way back. Also are new artifacts, like Bode Miller's Olympic Medals. He learned to ski and perfect his sport right there on Cannon Mountain and donated all 5 of his Olympic Medals to the museum. It was all very interesting. On the tram our driver told us about a spot to get wonderful views of the mountain and Echo Lake right below, so we hiked up to Artist's Bluff above Echo Lake to see for ourselves. He was correct, the scene is gorgeous. But it was also beautiful right down on the beach at Echo Lake, too.
Pre-1980 tram at Cannon
Bodie Miller's Olympic medals
Up on Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch
So quiet after Labor Day
As I said, it was a beautiful day, sun and clouds, temps reaching 73.