A couple weeks ago, Zachary and I decided to tag along with his brother and his girlfriend for a camping trip in Lincoln, New Hampshire. This is likely the extent of our “traveling” we will get to do this summer due to COVID-19, so we made the best of it!
As a matter of fact, I actually lived in Brookline, New Hampshire for about five years before moving to Rhode Island, so the “Live free or die” state holds a special place in my heart. I’m hoping, one day, that we might find ourselves living on a plot of land somewhere in New Hampshire but if not, we will be close by!
We were fortunate enough to be situated at the KOA campsite that was located about a mile away from Eastman Brook, which had a small waterfall and swimming hole — which was freezing. I hadn’t packed a swimsuit, so I prepared to take on the role of photographer at that spot and I’m kind of thankful for it.
We spent the majority of our time upstream from the small waterfall, where there was an area with calmer currents (Zachary is floating in it below).
Zachary and I had previously spent a night or two within the Lincoln area back two years ago and visited Mount Washington and took the tram up to Canon Mountain, so opting for a more laid back visit to was perfect for us, that and a lot of the normal activities and attractions were constrained to certain time-slots or just not in operation or open due to COVID-19. Sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got and I’d say we made the best of it!
During our trip we went to visit Laconia Notch State Park, which is located in the White Mountain National Forest and is home to the Flume Gorge. A fantastical natural granite gorge at the base of Mount Liberty. There is a section of Conway granite that is 500 feet (150m) long and 75 feet (20m) wide and it is sensational.
We then followed the path to the Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool, a deep basin in the Pemigewasset River that is 40 feet (12m) deep and 150 feet (45m) in diameter, and is surrounded by cliffs 130 feet (39m) high! The pictures I got speak for themselves — this place was just gorgeous!
The Sentinel Pine Bridge is located above the glacial pool and got its name from the Sentinel Pine, one of the largest in the state, standing at 175 feet (53m) high, with a circumference of 16 feet (4.8m). It stood for centuries until a hurricane in September, 1938 uprooted the pine. It now bridges the river above the pool and formed the base of the covered bridge.
The next day we decided to drive the Kancamangus highway, pausing at a few of the rest stops while we made our way to the shops in Conway. I can honestly say, I would never get tired of these views. Our drive was quickly followed by a rain storm with some pretty ominous clouds.
On our last day, we went into Lincoln for breakfast at Flapjacks Pancake House. Ironically, I did not get pancakes this time around, but I did choose one of their specials: The steak and cheese eggs benedict. If you are around or in the area, I urge you to: GO. TO. FLAPJACKS.
In addition to the great food, the breakfast restaurant features a train that wraps around the entire restaurant ceiling! It’s very entertaining for young kids and is definitely unexpected for the adults.