Saturday, June 18, 2016

Concord, New Hampshire and Franconia Notch

     Last week we headed to parts north! Aside from the patience-testing drive which should have taken twelve hours, but took fifteen, each day has been great. The main purpose of the trip is to see Chelsea and her family. They live in such a beautiful area that our trip will include mountains and sea. While we're up this way, we'll extend our visit to see family in New York, too.
     Our first day was spent walking to downtown Concord. It's the state capital, so there's a very nice downtown area with every little shop and eatery you could want. We browsed the shops, checked out the architecture of the state buildings, and found shady courtyard areas to enjoy a coffee break.

     On our second day, we drove about an hour north to Franconia Notch State Park. We hiked/walked two miles to the Flume Gorge and then we took the tramway up Cannon Mountain for a 360 degree view of the White Mountains. The weather was perfect to be at four thousand feet with the visibility at seventy-five miles. Across the valley we could see the Appalachian Trail skirting along the ridge line where Chelsea walked two years ago.

Heading into the Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch

Hugo was a happy hiker.

The covered bridge was built over a giant fir tree that had fallen in the early 1900's across the gorge. 

The Appalachian Trail follows the ridge line from the center of photo to the left.

Views of New York, Maine, and Vermont


  1. Amazing views! I know it was good to see Chelsea and her family. Hugo is a content looking lad and very handsome!

  2. How nice that you enjoyed the views in the state we now call home. This year we also took the Cannon Mtn tram, but there was still snow all around during our visit. perhaps we will return one day to experience the views you posted, Lee.