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Later that day, his immediate family, the people of Franconia, New Hampshire, gathered in the drizzle and fog to see what was left. There was nothing. The symbol of their community, their state, their way of life was lost forever. The Old Man of the Mountain had stood sentry over Franconia Notch long before the first real man had ever set foot here deep in the Pemigewasset wilderness. The notch itself covers about six miles with Franconia Ridge on the eastern border and Cannon Mountain to the west.
It's an area popular with day hikers; roughly one-third of the trail is above tree line, offering up some of the most breathtaking views in New England. It can also be quite treacherous, with trouble spots like “The Knife's Edge” and “Dead Ass Corner” (the latter getting its name from a mule that fell to its death after being spooked by lightning). As dramatic a site as the Franconia Ridge is, it doesn't hold the same aura as its wayward brother to the west. At 4,100 feet, Cannon Mountain is a bit smaller, but it also had a rock formation jutting out from its southern crest that appeared to have been carved by God himself.
Caleb, I'm just trying to go to my uncle's house so there's witnesses,” Liko replied, never taking his eyes off the road. Macaulay knew this wasn't the right course of action. “Liko, this isn't gonna … I mean taking off after you were just sorta gonna get a speeding violation by a guy that already doesn't like you too much. ” Liko Kenney didn't have have time to argue. He kept driving. Gotta get to Tamarack, gotta get to Tamarack, he thought to himself. For him, the town line and the Tamarack Tennis Camp were his salvation.