Clark’s Trading Post

We spent a delightful weekend in northern New Hampshire and Vermont on August 18 & 19. On Saturday we arrived in Franconia, New Hampshire, where we spent the morning at Clark’s Trading Post. Strange little place… a bit of Americana kitsch in the middle of Franconia Notch. It’s a tourist village in the White Mountains that includes a Russian family circus act, and mini-museums housing antique artifacts ranging from old cars, to sewing machines, to typewriters, to boardgames, to swords, to commemorative plates of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and Charles and Di’s wedding, to a display of the entire history of electricity, among other eclectic collections. They’re famous for their trained bear show which we boycotted because I can’t imagine the bears are too happy about it. It also has a train ride, a gravity-defying slanted house where things roll uphill, and an Old Man of the Mountain rock-climbing facade that Shawn scaled, reached the top and rang the bell, and rappelled back down. I’ve included photo descriptions here and there in this weekend collection.

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Wolfman

Still at Clark’s, we took the train ride, where we encountered the Wolfman! Beware this bizarre toothless terror. He threatened us with an ax, a shotgun, and a rocket missile. We won the battle by shouting back at him “Scram, you old goat!“. That sure did learn him a lesson. We found out afterward that this particular Wolfman recently celebrated his 50th birthday.