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An image from the almost top of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. Cold Summit by Alison Thomas of Serenity Scenes Photography and Digital Art.

Mt Washington Trip

When I lived in New Hampshire I saw many "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington" bumper stickers.  I was intrigued but I was poor back then and I'm pretty sure our car would not have made it up Mt. Washington.  I did put it in the back of my mind for someday.

Fast forward many years and I was trying to interest my husband in a photo trip to New England.  I found this post -  Now my husband was intrigued. And so we went.

I was hoping to get a lot of New England color.  When I lived there the trees started to turn in late July.  I felt a mid-September trip would be best.  I've since learned to check the internet for predicted and actual fall color reports before setting out on a photo trip.  It was way too early.  Most everything was still green in New England so the trip to Mt. Washington became the purpose of the trip.

Our first trip up was in total fog.  It was pretty cool and not very crowded but not exactly photogenic.  There really wasn't a way to stop on the road to take a photograph anyway.  We got to the top and it was cold and very windy.  Extremely windy.  I think it took me 20 minutes to climb the 20 or so stairs to the museum and cafeteria.  The museum was interesting but there wasn't much variety in the cafeteria and the viewing area was closed (after the stairs I was relieved about that part).  The view would have just been fog anyway since visibility was about 5 feet at that point.

Unfortunately that was the last time we made it to the top.

Overnight it got colder and the final road going to the top was closed due to ice.  I did get one image that I liked at the highest point we could go.  At least it was blue sky but it was still very windy and super cold.  Cold enough that I would get out of the car take a photograph and get right back in. I managed to get one good photograph - Cold Summit

We wanted to get to the top once again but unfortunately the weather never cooperated.  We spent the rest of our time there exploring New England. 

I was able to get a couple more images from the trip.

Autumn Flow from Ellis Falls

Fog on the Lake from a trail in Maine




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