While in New Hampshire we visited the Flume Gorge, another example of the extreme natural beauty here. The Flume is a natural gorge in Franconia Notch State Park. It was discovered in 1808 by 93 year-old “Aunt” Jess Guernsey when she accidentally came upon it while fishing. At that time, a huge boulder hung suspended between the walls. In 1883 a heavy rainstorm swept the boulder from its place. It has never been found.
The Flume is home to an amazing variety of plants, including lots of moss and lichen.
Visitors walk up through the gorge for a beautiful 2 mile walk that includes lots of walking bridges. We also experienced the “Bear Cave”, a cave that has a large entrance that narrows to a tiny hole that you lift yourself up through (I made it through with everybody watching. Thank god for Pilates!) and the “Wolf Den” which is another cave with a tinier hole to exit.
The waterfalls and rock formations were beautiful.
Towards the end of the walk is the Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool. The Pool is a deep basin in the Pemigewasset River. It was formed 14,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age by a stream flowing from the glacier. The Pool is 40 feet deep and 150 feet in diameter. On the high cliff above the Pool, the Sentinel Pine stood for centuries. It was one of the largest in the state until a hurricane in 1938 uprooted the giant pine. Its trunk bridges the river and forms the base for the covered bridge.
If you ever have an opportunity to visit this gorgeous place it is definitely worth the trip. Try to see it before all of us humans overpopulate Earth and mess it up.