Monday, August 30, 2010
On Sunday, Aug 29 my husband and I got up at 2:30AM, drove through the deserted town, up a rural highway for a drive up the Mount Washington Auto road in Pinkham Notch New Hampshire. We have lived here for 10 years and finally made the drive up the mountain. When we got there at 4AM, there was already a mile long line of cars waiting to drive up and by the time the toll booth opened, the line was at least 2 miles long.
This is the sign at the entrance to the road BEFORE you pay your toll
The drive was slow, dark and VERY foggy since we were in the clouds on a mountain side.
We got to the top around 5:15 AM along with many others. We put on our winter ski jackets, hats, scarves, gloves and proceeded up to the summit. We didn't know that even though the temp was 52F that the wind gusts were up to 70 MPH which was unusual for that day, that figures. Trying to climb the stairs to reach the top was not easy and I couldn't breathe, the wind gusts were blowing everyone around and making it difficult to move. I lost my breath many times.
Made it up to the 6288 foot summit for the sunrise.
Well this is what we saw
Everyone was lining up and picking their spot trying not to get blown away
Eventually we saw the most stunning sunrise ever but it was in between clouds
Here we are all bundled up
And the ride back down to the bottom:
I am so glad we did it, it was so worth it!
Here is a link to the website for more information:
And the Mt. Washington Observatory: