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The Old Man of the Mountain: New Hampshire

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Old Man of the Mountain profile at viewing siteAfter we went up the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, we decided to visit the Old Man of the Mountain site. Sadly, the man collapsed years ago but what they have done with the place is touching and we wanted to show my sister.

 

First, we had lunch at one of their picnic tables. And then visited the visitor’s area before walking down to the location.

 

For those of you that don’t know, the Old Man of the Mountain used to be a huge symbol for New Hampshire. So big, he was on the state coin! But now, he’s crumbled, faceless, mere space on the mountain. Poor guy. It just hasn’t been the same since 2003 when his natural granite structure collapsed underneath the force of elements and weight.

 

The Old Man inspired many and has been referred to in several books. The short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Great Stone Face¬†described it as “playful nature” although I would describe it as hard and determined. Keep Reading

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