Mountain Clouds

On the way to Lost Gorge

My latest trilogy series, the Forest Immortal Saga, stars three brothers, a dark woods, and a secret. The more you get to know me, the more you’ll see that I have a thing for dark woods. And for magic and the paranormal. And for all things Native American/Indian. And for caves. And for waterfalls, too.

One of the settings in Oswald’s Revenge (Book Two of the FIS) has a number of these elements all gathered together in one location. The area-it’s a hideout-is set in a large ravine with a rock-strewn river, numerous waterfalls, several caves, and giant boulders perfect for climbing. Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in New Hampshire served as the inspiration for the hideout and it is gorge-ous!

It’s also magical and mysterious…

I knew it would make a great hide-out for certain characters in the book, probably because I know I would have loved to have a secret world like this when I was a kid. Heck, I would take it today. Which might be why my family and I visit the Gorge as often as possible. Fun fact: The three brothers in the FIS books are based on my three sons, so I’m including photos of them enjoying the gorge, although at a much younger age than they are in the books (they’re 12, 14, and 16 in the books).

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This is Jerome, the youngest brother

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This is Kristopher, the middle brother

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This is Gabriel, the oldest of the three

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Three Brothers Exploring

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Feeling the squeeze

Throughout the gorge, there are wooden bridges and narrow crevices and caves to climb into and through. One cave, the Lemon Squeezer, is quite a challenge. Before you attempt it, you have to make sure you fit through the Squeezer Gauge or you WILL get stuck. There are some contortionist moves you’re going to have to do just to fit through that and the cave is a little bit worse. Part of the passage involves pulling yourself along on your stomach, past a stream that rushes by on your right. It can be a bit disconcerting, but I love doing it. I’m a wild child at heart.

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Here I am climbing out of a cave.

These particular caves are called Boulder Caves because – surprise – they are made from boulders leaning against each other or propped up on one another. At times, when inside one, you wonder just how sturdy it is. What if an earthquake hits? We do get them in New Hampshire. But it’s best not to dwell on thoughts like these. Better to wonder, who might have lived in these caves at one time? Might they still return? And lastly: If I could buy this property, would I? (Of course.)

Bridge at Lost Gorge

One of the bridges

Ravine

It’s hard to tell, but the water is quite a ways down

Stream

Moss-covered rocks and tree roots everywhere

Water swirls

Feels like something magical is about to emerge

Inside a cave

Trust me, you can’t back up

This is a wonderful excursion to take if you’re in the area, but if you can’t make it to New Hampshire any time soon, then read the FIS series and immerse yourself in the experience. In addition to the brothers, you’ll get to know Abazi Wanibagw, a Native American who doesn’t want to embrace her Indian heritage, and her friend, Kimber, who has cerebral palsy but doesn’t let it stop her. There’ll be tomahawk throwing, mysterious creatures galore, battles, and lots of adventure!

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