A couple weeks ago, Zachary and I decided to tag along with his brother and girlfriend for a summer camping trip to Lincoln, New Hampshire. This is likely the extent of our summer 2020 “traveling” we will get to do because of COVID-19, so we made the best of it!
As a matter of fact, I 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 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 situated at the KOA campsite that was located about a mile away from Eastman Brook. There was a small waterfall and swimming hole that we visited and as one can expect, it was freezing. I hadn’t packed a swimsuit, so I prepared to take on the role of photographer at that spot and I’m 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 within the Lincoln area a couple years ago when we visited Mount Washington. On that trip, we took the tram up to Canon Mountain and did a lot of hiking, so we opting for a more laid back visit was perfect for us. Not to mention, a lot of the normal activities and attractions were constrained to certain time-slots or 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!
We visited Laconia Notch State Park, located in the White Mountain National Forest. It 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 ft (150m) long and 75 ft (20m) wide and it is sensational.
We followed the path to the Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool. It is a deep basin in the Pemigewasset River that is 40 ft (12m) deep and 150 ft (45m) in diameter, and is surrounded by cliffs 130 ft (39m) high! The pictures I got speak for themselves. For me, this was the highlight of our trip. This place is just GORGE-ous!
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 it. Now it bridges the river above the pool and formed the base of the covered bridge.
Whether you’re vacationing in New Hampshire or driving through, you must drive on the Kancamangus highway. We paused at a few of the rest stops while we made our way to the shops in Conway. I can honestly say, I could never get tired of these views. As you can see, our drive was quickly followed by a rain storm with some pretty ominous clouds.
On our last day on our trip to Lincoln, New Hampshire, 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 and a great way to end a short vacation.