No run for this girl this morning, we headed to the mountains to bike and hike instead! We drove past the Franconia Notch State Park the other day and decided that today would be a good day to do our last bit of exploring before we leave tomorrow. Our first adventure was a 5 mile bike ride down the mountain, stopping to hike and take pictures along the way. We weren't really sure what we were getting ourselves into.. the lady at the desk was fairly vague, and we obviously aren't mountain women. We hopped on the trail and got peddling! Our first pit stop was at The Basin.
From their website: This large pothole in the Pemigewasset River, 30 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep, had its beginning some 25,000 years ago as the Ice Age came to a close. Water flowing from the melting glacier that filled Franconia Notch eroded the solid granite bedrock. During the thousands of years that followed sand and stones were whirled around by the force of the river causing a boring action that left the sidewalls smooth. The rock formation seen in the stream bed at the outlet has been known for generations as "The Old Man's Foot". Samuel Eastman in his 1858 White Mountain Guide called this spot "One of the beautiful haunts of Nature, a luxurious and delicious bath fit for the ablutions of a goddess." It took everything in me not to jump into The Basin, it was terribly tempting! Like I've said many times before, the pictures just don't capture the beauty, but I tried!
After spending a little time watching the water swirl in the huge 'bowl' we headed further down the mountain. The end of our bike ride brought us to The Flume Gorge. We got a bite to eat, purchased our tickets, and started on the 2 mile uphill hike to the Flume. Good thing I had on my new hiking boots! I just looked up these shoes online and they're $120! I got them for $109 at the store down the street, what a deal! The hike up the mountain wasn't too terrible.. especially for what was waiting at the top! The waterfalls were spectacular! Yesterday at the baths, the falls were pretty small but had some strength behind them. The falls at the Flume were intense! No way would I want to fall into those! It was extremely beautiful and I'm so thankful that I got the chance to see them.
Before we left the park, we took a short tram ride to the top of the mountain. It was neat learning about all the places we could see from the summit.. including CANADA! The furthest you can see on a good day is around 125 miles. Wow! My camera battery died before we got on the tram so I don't have any pictures.. and the ones I took with my sister's camera weren't too great. The clouds in the distance caused the color of the photos to be strange. Sorry! One funny thing that happened on the way up was we passed the other tram. Our tram was red and their tram was yellow. The guy leading the 'tour' told us to wave hello to 'Mustard!' It was also funny because their tram was packed and our tram was quite comfortable. The guide said that the car can fit 80 people in it! That would have made the trip up the mountain a little more frightening!
Our trip comes to and end tomorrow.. and I'm actually glad that it was as long as it was. When I normally go on vacation I end up thinking 'That trip was awesome but it went just 1 day too long'. I have not thought that yet on this trip. :) Now, yes, I would rather be on the morning flight to Indy versus the afternoon flight, but I think getting to relax before the flight will also be nice. I wanted to thank all my readers again for keeping up with my blog! Who knows where I'll be posting from next.. or what it will be about! :) xo!