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2011-07-17 14:20:04.000 – Tom Padham,  Summit Intern

Carriage nearing the summit

Today felt like a blast from the past, with only horses and horse drawn carriages being allowed up the Auto Road in celebration of its 150th anniversary year. This was the only way to make it up the Auto Road when it was originally opened in 1861. The sight of horses on the top of the summit is something that hasn’t been seen for quite some time, so a big thank you to all who participated and made it a memorable experience.

Speaking of having a blast, a cold front will be blasting through our area tomorrow. This means winds have been increasing and the weather is starting to get more interesting after an unusually long stretch of nice weather up at the home of the world’s worst weather. There were also some very nice lenticular clouds around today, which are a sign of mountain-induced turbulence. See pictures of some of these from today here and here. Winds are expected to increase overnight and likely peak tomorrow, with some showers and thunderstorms possible as the cold front moves through. Be careful and prepared if attempting to hike up tomorrow. If you’re not into hiking up, the auto road will be open once more to good old fashioned cars, and the cog will be running as usual. Look forward to seeing you at the summit!

 

Tom Padham,  Summit Intern

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