This past week we took an afternoon break from the Inn and made a quick trip to Franconia Notch where we had a picnic lunch at Boise Rock. The day was absolutely glorious, mid 70′s, sunny with a slight breeze. The Notch is one of the most scenic spots in New Hampshire and is only about 30 minutes north of our Squam Lake bed and breakfast. It’s wonderful that we can be in the heart of the White Mountains in such a short time since the Holderness/Plymouth area is so central to virtually all of New Hampshire’s attractions! For those who like to hike there are several trails right in Franconia Notch including Lonesome Lake, Mt. Pemigewasset which is the forehead of the famous Indian Head, and Artists Bluff. You will also find the Flume Gorge and the Basin here, both well worth the stop.
Here’s the story as it appears on the historic marker of how Boise Rock got its name.
“Thomas Boise, a noted teamster of this region was sledding through the Notch in mid-winter, soon after the first road was built. Overtaken by a fierce snowstorm, he was unable to continue on. Realizing he must take drastic action to survive, he killed and skinned his horse. Crawling under the overhang of this rock, he wrapped himself in the hide and spent the night.
Men sent out the next day to search for him found Tom still alive but encased in the frozen hide that had to be cut away with axes in order to release him.”