On September 18 Eileen and I took a ride over to Lincoln, NH and Franconia Notch to check out the zip line and horseback riding at Loon Mountain. Upon getting to Lincoln we discovered the New Hampshire Highland Games were at Loon that weekend. While I was tempted to check it out the traffic and crowds caused me to change my mind. Instead we decided to be spontaneous and do something else in the area.
Stop one was the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln. Their train rides take you along the East Branch of the Pemigiwasset River for about a half hour before reversing direction to being you back.
The passenger car was set up tables and bench seats like a restaurant booth which was great because we purchased lunch on the trip.
Lunch was only a basic sandwich on a bulky, bag of chips, cookie and drink but the scenery made up for it.
Since we had our cameras, stop two was the Cannon Mountain Tramway for a trip to the top of Cannon Mountain. It had been a few years since I had been there, either in the summer or skiing in the winter. I knew it was a great vantage point for photos of Mt. Lafayette and Franconia Ridge.
You get a nice view of Echo Lake on the way up. I have never been to the lake but will have to add that to the list of places to go.
Once you reach the top you can walk the Rim Trail to the observation tower. There are many places to stop along the trail to appreciate the view.
There is a great 360 degree view from the observation deck.
View back towards the tram station and the ski lift. It has been many years since I have been skiing at Cannon. Perhaps I will have to return during ski season.