The Old Man on the Mountain
By Scott Bianchi
I have written some travel related articles in the past and they are usually related to Disney. This is partially because I really enjoy my time there and partially because is a well-known vacation destination and most people can relate to it when discussing different travel related topics. However, being from New England I feel I am doing a disservice by not discussing some of the wonderful attractions in the Northeast.
The title of the article reflects an attraction located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The attraction was a natural stone formation that looked like an old man's face from the profile. You could see this driving up the highway through the White Mountains and people would stop and take pictures. It was one thing New Hampshire was very famous for. The old man is no longer on the mountain. He finally fell a couple of years back on May 3, 2003. Here is the website dedicated to the old man, http://www.franconianotchstatepark.com/oldman.html
The old man was just a symbol of how amazing nature can be. There are many other attractions in the same area. You can take sky lift rides up the hill to do site seeing, this is during non-ski season of course. You can visit the Flume Gorge, which is also featured in the same website as the old man. There is also the "Basin". This is a huge toilet bowl shaped rock formation that a stream of water from the top of the mountain runs down into. The most impressive part of this attraction is not the fact that it is shaped like a toilet bowl but the fact that it was formed into its shape as a result of hundreds of years of the stream running over the rocks.
Disney World is an impressive attraction but it is man-made. It has a completely different feel than seeing all of these attractions the White Mountains, or any other form of nature, has to offer. If you enjoy the outdoors and marveling at what nature created around you then book your next vacation in New Hampshire to visit these attractions. If the Old Man on the Mountain has taught us one thing, it is that while these natural attractions are a site to see, they will not be around forever.
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