Mr. Morning’s Trip to the Top of the World
As you know, I was recently on Vacation, and this year, we took a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and an excursion to the top of Mt. Washington.
It's definitely not something you do everyday. Actually, it's probably a once in a lifetime experience, and something that's on many people's "bucket list". I'm talking about a trip to the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It's the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft, and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.
Now, we could have hiked it (Who's kidding who? I'm in no kind of shape for that), or we could have driven the commuter path, (Who needs new brakes? Not me), so we took advantage of the Cog Railway, first opened in 1869, and probably the easiest and most scenic way up the mountain.
It's a slow ride, only about 5 mph, but it gives you a chance to take in all the breathtaking scenery, (It sure is more relaxing than rush hour on Metro North).
The two things that were most amazing to me was that one, the weather at the peak was basically the same as our planet's weather was some 50,000 to 100,000 years ago, (talk about back to the future). Second, was that on the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a wind speed of 231 miles per hour at the summit, a world record for the 20th century (Hear that Chicago?).
When we started our journey up from the base, it was over 90 degrees. By the time we reached the summit the air temperature was 52 degrees with over 30 mph wind gusts. (Can you say wind chill factor). Plus the landscape made me feel like I was actually on another planet. Your well above the tree line and surrounded by rock. (NASA needs to send a probe).
All in all it was a thrilling experience and one I would highly recommend. It's like nothing you've seen (unless you have already been there) and it definitely feels like your on top of the world.
Check out some other pictures we took during our mountain excursion: