2014-06-11 18:08:10.000 – Ethan Wright, Summit Intern
Living on the summit guarantees that you will meet a wide range of people with unique personalities. I am just starting the second work week of my internship and I have already seen many individuals at the summit with differing ethnic backgrounds and areas of interest. The observatory itself draws individuals for many different reasons.
One of the groups that frequent the summit are hikers. The Appalachian Trail runs through the White Mountains and crosses the summit and offers the chance for hikers to experience the views of the highest mountain in the Northeast. On a clear day from the weather room you can watch thru-hikers descend Mt. Washington as they continue their journey. In the distance we can also see people ascend Mt. Clay as they begin a trek into the heart of the presidential range. Many day hikers also frequent the museum before they begin their hike or after it ends.
Giving tours at the observatory allows us to meet some of these people before they leave. Today Brett and I gave a tour to a group of staff of the Appalachian Mountain Club who perform work based out of the Joe Dodge Camp in Pinkham Notch. Sharing work experiences gives a broader sense of how all of the entities in the White Mountains work together.
Maybe later on this week we can take a hike to meet the AMC crew working at Lake of the Clouds Hut.
Ethan Wright, Summit Intern