One of our most recent requests involved something somewhat atypical for mountain guides, but it is something which fit right in with our Nature Tour offerings so when we got the call, we accepted the mission. Normally we’d put Redline Guide Liz Wyman on it, being that she is our official naturalist, but she wasn’t available so Redline Guide and owner Mike Cherim volunteered for the assignment himself. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.
Mike met his group of eight women at the Duncan Donuts in Lincoln, NH. Using their wifi, the registrations could be completed before heading to the Flume Gorge Visitor Center. The leader of the group, Sondra, purchased entry passes, kindly including one for Mike, and they all proceeded to the start of the 1.5-plus mile walking loop. They didn’t travel far before Mike found something cool to share with his party. This set the stage for the rest of the hike. Mike was ready to share a lot, in fact. He had been studying hard for the past few days in preparation for this, wanting to be thorough enough the speak of the geology and history of the Gorge without looking at his copious notes (enough material to cover every major feature in Franconia Notch, actually). If we’re going to do something like this at Redline Guiding, we want to do it extremely well. Based on the feedback we got, we nailed it. The group was informed, entertained, and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. A win, it seems. Here are some photos of the day (and what an awesome day it was).
Thank you so much, Jeryl, Cheryl, Jody, Audrey, Harriet, Nadine, Fran, and Sondra.