The July 22 check-in at mile 1800 which put them at at the White Mountains. Lovely park. Lauren met up with a friend, Professor Elliot Fisher and stay there before heading off into the Whites.
We had the chance to visit the White Mountains National Forest back when we went to visit Kim when she lived in Maine. We drove down and it was an amazing, beautiful drive. We drove up Mt Washington, the highest peak in the Park to the weather observatory. Ironically, without any planning on my part, I’m reading a book called “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan. It’s book about his hiking of the White Mountains with Atticus, his dog. It’s been a great read so far and I would recommend it.
A bit more about the White Mountains:
“The White Mountains are a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine in the United States. They are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged mountains in New England. The range is heavily visited due to its proximity to Boston and, to a lesser extent, New York City and Montreal.
Most of the area is public land, including the White Mountain National Forest and a number of state parks. Its most famous mountain is 6,288-foot (1,917 m) Mount Washington, which is the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S. and for 76 years held the record for fastest surface wind gust in the world (231 miles per hour (372 km/h) in 1934). Mount Washington is part of a line of summits, the Presidential Range, that are named after U.S. presidents and other prominent Americans.
The White Mountains also include the Franconia Range, Sandwich Range, Carter-Moriah Range and Kinsman Range in New Hampshire, and the Mahoosuc Range straddling the border between it and Maine. In all, there are 48 peaks within New Hampshire as well as one (Old Speck Mountain) in Maine over 4,000 feet (1,200 m), known as the Four-thousand footers.
The Whites are known for a system of alpine huts for hikers operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club. The Appalachian Trail crosses the area from southwest to northeast” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Mountains_(New_Hampshire))
About Mount Washington:
“Mount Washington, called Agiocochook by some Native American tribes, is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft (1,916.6 m) and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.
The mountain is notorious for its erratic weather. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a windspeed of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h) at the summit, the world record for most of the 20th century, and still a record for measured wind speeds not involved with a tropical cyclone.[a]
The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, in the township of Sargent’s Purchase, Coös County, New Hampshire. While nearly the whole mountain is in the White Mountain National Forest, an area of 60.3 acres (24.4 ha) surrounding and including the summit is occupied by Mount Washington State Park.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway ascends the western slope of the mountain, and the Mount Washington Auto Road climbs to the summit from the east. The mountain is popular with hikers (the Appalachian Trail crosses the summit). Other common activities include glider flying, and annual cycle and running races such as the Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Road Race.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Washington_(New_Hampshire)
There have been some challenges with the summer storms bringing high winds at a tropical storm level, lightening, and inches of rain. The terrain is getting rockier, steeper, and more challenging. Cell connection is dropping due to lack of towers and the dips in the hike where there is no coverage until they reach the peak. There are longer breaks from civilization.
Until the next check in.