Two of my best women friends and I headed out to hike in the Franconia Notch State Park, located in Lincoln, New Hampshire. We hiked the Cannon Mountain, Kinsman Ridge Trail very leisurely. The temperature was around 80°F, but we were in shade most of the day, and the trail followed along the Pemigewasset River stream. The water level was low so the falls along the way were not as dramatic as they must have been this spring after such a snowy winter. The bridge that leads to Lonesome Lake was washed out this winter, and we saw other testaments to the power of the river in trees that had been uprooted or broken off, and even a large metal beam torn from the bridge and deposited nearly a half-mile downstream.
We could have trekked up the river bed for the whole hike, but it would have been more challenging than we wished to tackle yesterday because the entire way is strewn with boulders and rocks of various size. There were many people swimming and wading in the glacial pothole pools and other places where the river water pooled deep enough to swim in – and even jump off the rocks into – all the way up the trail. Unfortunately, I have a wound on my wrist that I couldn’t get wet, so I only waded in the water. Otherwise, I’d have been jumping off the rocks into the wonderfully cool water with everyone else.
We arrived around Noon, ate our lunch out on one of the rock faces (smoothed over by the last ice age’s receding glacier and by water action), and we finished our hike around 5pm. Then we drove down into the town center and had dinner. On our drive back through Deliverance country, we rode through a small town with a big sense of humor. There were more ramshackle houses that looked like something out of The Beverly Hillbillies (before they got rich) than there were houses that increased the property values. There was “Red-Neck Mini Golf” and a ‘mall’ that was one building with the word ‘Mall’ painted in large block letters across the side of the building – which could have had a few shops inside – but it looked more like a joke painted on someone’s barn, and if it wasn’t a joke, I’m very glad I don’t live there…
The disparity between those with and those without money, or as former President Bush so humorously called the former: “the haves, and the have mores” was alarmingly clear. I could feel the need for a soap-box coming up, but I quelled my desire and remained silent. An acquaintance recently remarked how it’s not the fault of the wealthy that they’re smarter, harder workers, and I couldn’t hold back then on such an ignorant remark.
The rest of our drive back home brought us through areas of gorgeous landscape that reminded me how beautiful and varied this part of the country is. I was glad to get a shot of the lovely pinks, purple, and orange tinges of the clouds as the sun set.
It was a perfect frame to a mostly perfect day.
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