. After the ascent to the falls, we hiked our way back down which was just enough of a taste of hiking, at least for the day! We were anxious to get to Lovell, Maine, home to Josh's grandfather and his home on Lake Kezar. The kids wanted to see their friends, Josh and Matthew, and Juergen and I were curious about the place we were about to stay. After another 1 1/2 hours, we reached Lake Kezar, passing through Fryeburg, which is a nice little town just near the border of New Hampshire and Maine. It's was like passing through a time gone by and the city looks like it hadn't changed in the last 50 years or so. As we were to find out, Maine has a saying "the way life should be" and after spending a few days there, we agreed completely with this saying. We made it to Lovell in the late afternoon and quickly fell in love with the place. Josh's grandfather's place was a dream...10 glorious acres overlooking a beautiful lake (it turns out, Stephen King is a next door neighbor so that kind of gives you and idea that we would not be 'slumming it' for the next few days!). We were greeted by the whole crew, Josh, Matthew, Rick and his father, Dick who seemed pleased to see us. We settled the RV into position with a great view of the lake directly behind the house. It was a perfect spot to enjoy the next few days in Lovell!
We left Stowe early this morning and headed east towards Franconia State Park in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. This is kind of an "off the radar" type of place. I'd never heard about it before and never really met anyone who ranted and raved about vacationing in New Hampshire but I have to say, after visiting the park and driving through this area of northern New Hampshire, it's definitely a nice place to hang out for a few days or so! We were going to take a side trip on our way to Josh's grandpa's house to a place called the Flume Gorge in Franconia State Park, near Cannon Mountain, which is a popular ski resort in the winter. The Flume Gorge is a geological wonder....a waterfall carving it's way out of solid granite making it quite a refreshing spectacle especially in the baking 95 degree weather the area had been experiencing so far this summer. You are able to walk up wooden steps leading to the falls which the park maintains quite well. There is a fee to enter the Flume with a visitor center where you buy your ticket to see the Flume. We all really enjoyed seeing this and it was well worth it to take the side trip