Second stop on our road trip was Franconia Notch State Park. After visiting “the Basin”, we hiked to a small waterfall, went up to the top of the mountain in the tram, climbed the observation tower and then stopped in at Echo Lake beach. This is the Basin. No tripod so had to lean on a railing and hand hold. Blew the highlights but still pretty I think. The Basin by SharonCat..., on Flickr On the trail to the waterfall Along the Cascades trail by SharonCat..., on Flickr Mountain tram - through a dirty plexiglass window Up up up... by SharonCat..., on Flickr Trail to the observation tower Cannon Mountain views by SharonCat..., on Flickr Cannon Mountain views by SharonCat..., on Flickr Untitled by SharonCat..., on Flickr The tower Look by SharonCat..., on Flickr From the top Cannon Mountain views by SharonCat..., on Flickr Echo Lake below was like a sheet of glass. After the crowded tram (tour busses of senior citizens), we had the beach to ourselves except for one or two others enjoying the serenity. I guess the buses don’t go to the beach parking lot and it’s a bit too far for the shufflers to get to. Mirror by SharonCat..., on Flickr I was mostly annoyed at this family hogging the dock the whole time we were there because I wanted a certain angle with the dock stretching out in front but now I wish I had thought to take out my zoom to capture them. This is an extreme crop. Untitled by SharonCat..., on Flickr This was all shot in about 2 hours and we were on our way to the other side of the Whites once we left here, it really deserves its own full day. Last year I was at this lake at sunset and it was magical. I took one of my favorite photos ever. Gold by SharonCat..., on Flickr Some day I will time it right and be here for sunrise and sunset, with no other plans calling me away. At the tower, I met two women who had just hiked up the mountain. It took them 2 hours so would probably take me 2 days lol. But it’s a new goal.