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An Awesome sunrise

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:
www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/
And the Mt. Washington Observatory:
www.mountwashington.org/

  
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FITNESSFOODIE 9/2/2010 9:41PM

    I'm so glad you shared the photos, I don't think I could do it! Awsome morning! emoticon

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/2/2010 3:45PM

    Great pictures! I will have to do that some day seeing it's right in my own back yard. Thanks for sharing.

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ROWINGPRINCESS 9/1/2010 7:46AM

    Nice sunrise.

You look so cold in that jacket, must be missing the heat in Saudi!

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MARYMAC45 8/30/2010 10:06PM

    emoticonWhat a wonderful experience.

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HJFOGARTY 8/30/2010 9:27PM

    OMG that was amazing! the drive had to be so scary tho! but I'm so glad you got to do it and that it cleared enough to get such a great view. I'm so glad it all worked out and you had such a great time! thanks for sharing!

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RWETHAIRYET 8/30/2010 9:15PM

    I am so jealous!!!though I still can't imagine driving up in the fog...scary enough in broad daylight, haha!
I'd like to take one of the winter tours up there when everything is coated in rime ice...but it's a tad out of my budget. Or maybe a day when the higher peaks are all above the clouds and look like islands floating in the cloud cover.

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MARCHEM 8/30/2010 3:19PM

    Looks amazing!

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SLIMTHICK2 8/30/2010 2:01PM

    Wow, the sun bursting through the clouds looked absolutely fabulous.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/30/2010 11:54AM

    Gorgeous, but I would've been scared to death!!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 8/30/2010 10:28AM

    We love roads like that! And what a wonderful experience!
Rhonda

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HOPE2BE 8/30/2010 9:55AM

    emoticonsomething I'm sure was worth seeing. I too would like to see it.

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1NIMUE 8/30/2010 9:25AM

    Well worth the effort I'm sure. We have tons of roads like you described here in New Mexico and my husband is finding them all. I think that is his goal in life - to scare the daylights out of me!

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Nice weekend!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

It's great to have DH home, he's gone out on his bike a few times because the weather is GREAT. He's cleaned up several wasp/hornet nests and has started getting himself organized.

  
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ROWINGPRINCESS 8/30/2010 7:56AM

    Sounds great - it's so totally boring over here!

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HOPE2BE 8/22/2010 4:23PM

    Glad he's back and you both can enjoy your time together.

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HJFOGARTY 8/21/2010 11:01PM

    glad you are both getting to enjoy - and glad the weather has been good enough for him to ride - have a fun weekend!

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DOLPHINFAN1334 8/21/2010 4:08PM

    GLAD THAT HE IS BACK. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 8/21/2010 4:06PM

    Do you think he's gonna crash soon, with jet lag? LOL!

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DH is home!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just a quick one tonight, my husband is home for his vacation! I'll be busy now going here and there.

  
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ROWINGPRINCESS 8/21/2010 9:27AM

    So nice to have him there.

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RWETHAIRYET 8/20/2010 8:28PM

    Enjoy!

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HJFOGARTY 8/20/2010 11:14AM

    YEAH!! you will have a great time together I'm sure!

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HOPE2BE 8/20/2010 8:18AM

    emoticonHope you have a good one with him.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/20/2010 7:03AM

    That's a GREAT busy!!

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GRAMMYEAC 8/20/2010 6:49AM

    Wonderful!!

Enjoy the vacation time.

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SLIMTHICK2 8/20/2010 6:04AM

    Enjoy.

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Thursday Shopping at the outlet centre

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Last Thursday was the day to go outlet shopping to Settler's Green in N. Conway. We got to sleep in past 7AM since we were going local. Traffic was bumper to bumper at 10:30AM and backed up like I figured it would be but that's ok, we weren't rushed.
We drove to The Christmas Loft, a shop that is all Christmas all the time, trees, lights, ornaments, Nativity sets etc. A neat shop. We browsed there for an hour or so and I found a couple ornaments for family. Then we drove up to the Settler's Green Outlet centre. My Mother and Sister always look forward to shopping there. There are a few good deals to be found plus I needed to pick up my ring from the jewelers after it was fixed. I did find a couple good deals and my niece found a NY Giants winter jacket for 1/3 the original price.

After wandering around in and out of shops for a couple hours we headed home. I stopped on the way at the KFC but got grilled chicken. I only ate 1 piece plus coleslaw, 1 serving spoon of mashed potatoes & gravy and 1 servings poon of corn. I tried to be good.

I walked and walked that day so I did add it as my exercise.

  
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SOFEDUPP 8/18/2010 9:02AM

    I am heading to an outlet center today. Can't wait!!! Not that I have any money to spend, but it will be fun to look around and all the walking will be awesome.

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Our trip to Portsmouth

Monday, August 16, 2010

Last Wednesday we got up early for a trip to Portsmouth.
My father belongs to the Masons and has been a member for over 60 years, plus he is a Shriner too. There is a Masonic Museum in Portsmouth where a lot of artifacts that date back to the 1800's so I thought it would be interesting for him to see. It was very interesting for him even though it is in a very old victorian house with no a/c.

On the way home we stopped at the Stonewall Kitchen Warehouse outlet and found bargains and samples.

Wednesday night we went to the Classic Car Show at the Madison Old Home week had. I saw my friend Holly and introduced my parents and family. Holly had her 1931 Model A there. We saw lots of neat cars too.

It was also the day my niece and daughter went down and got our parking ticket taken care of.

  
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SOFEDUPP 8/17/2010 10:51AM

    Sounds like a great day was had by all.

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HJFOGARTY 8/17/2010 8:41AM

    that really was a great day! I was thrilled to meet your family they are all just awesome people! glad he enjoyed the day too he sure did have some spunk checking out all the old cars!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/17/2010 7:13AM

    Sounds great, Robin! He oughtta see the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, MA. It's quite a hike, but the Masonic memorabilia are incredible--dating back to George Washington's day. Plus it's a wonderful museum in general, and FREE the last time I went there.

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