Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Treeless Mt. Washington, looking east from Mt. Tom. Washington is in the clouds more time than not. This break lasted 3 or 4 hours.
North and South Hancock, looking south from Mt. Tom.
Mt. Washington was my first peak in the Whites, with a camp group when I was 12 or 13.
I had already been up it in the car with my parents. We stayed on top in the hotel, now long gone.
More recently I went up it in winter in a snow cat with a group for an overnight at the Observatory, a wonderful experience with some education thrown in.
There are 48 peaks officially over 4000' in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I readily admit to being a peak bagger. On this trip I hiked up my numbers 32. Mt. Waumbek, 33. Mt. Tom, and 34. Cannon Mountain, over 6 days. I am feeling pretty happy about that, and wishing I had done them all when I was a lot younger.
Remaining? Carrigain, Willey, Isolation, Wildcat, Wildcat D, Carters Dome, Middle and and South, Moriah, Osceola, Tripyramids North and Middle, Cabot, and Owl's Head.
Yep. I left some doozies till last.
Somebody just recently asked me why I would hike up Cannon when I could go up in the aerial tramway.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Mama Bear and twin cubs tore across the road in front of me and dove into the brush, down an incline and into the boggy end of a pond.
I stopped and looked to see if I could see them. Yes, there they were, looking back at me.
Other people who stopped thought they had seen three cubs. Yes, across the road was the third cub, in distress to be separated from the family.
As I hastily retreated to the car, up flew Mama, back across the road to retrieve this slow third child.
They regrouped and flew back across the road to rejoin the other two cubs.
Triplets! And yep, there I had been a moment earlier, standing directly between a Mama bear and her cub.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
The weather in the White Mountains is changeable and can be very fierce. The weather this week turned out to be perfect...sun, some warmth, a little rain to cool things off, amazing sunrises and sunsets. This is sunset behind Highland Center at Crawford Notch. I stayed in Shapleigh Studio, a former artist's studio made into a 16 bed bunkhouse, very reasonably priced and comfortable. Shapleigh is on the right.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Always a stunning sight, this historic hotel remains an icon in the near view close to the western flank of Mt. Washington in the White Mountains of NH. I come here for the hiking.
Google it for some interesting history.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The zoo has built a huge yard for the elephant group, and now we are seeing behaviors in the elephants that we could only imagine when they were in the old yard.
Here Romani and her daughter Karina are walking shoulder to shoulder, and they kept this up for several minutes, peacefully taking a stroll. They seem so ... dare I anthropomorphize? ... happy!