2008-07-21 15:11:50.000 – Ted Letcher,  Summit Intern


Today, the most notable feature atop the rock pile is the wind, or should I say lack there of. That’s right today the wind on top of Mount Washington has consistently been reading less than 5mph. This calm wind is quite a change from a mere few days ago where the summit saw a gust of 88mph and a period of sustained winds over 60mph. Today the calm winds have allowed the clouds to settle and leave the higher summits open to the sunshine in the midst of an otherwise foggy day, which I might add is making temperatures in the lower 50’s feel uncomfortably warm.n

n These brief breaks in the fog have exposed a new addition to the higher summits.Yes, that’s right a new mountain is growing on the northern slopes of the mountain, taking on the appearance of a blossoming pimple on a puberty stricken teenager’s face. As Brian discussed in a previous comment the new “mountain” is the result of an initiative taken by the Cog Railway to clean up all the debris and trash from along the actual train track. After less then a mile of track has been cleared a large pile of wood and debris has already built up next to the cog track on the northern slope of the mountain.n

n As I sit here starring out the window at this newly (unnamed) mountain as it sits proudly amongst the clouds, mocking the vicinity bull dozers which seem to be poised, waiting, to devour the debris summit, I cannot help but feel amazed, confused, and happy all at the same time. Amazed and confused by the shear size of the pile and the amount of debris that has already been collected, happy because all of this trash is being removed from the summit.n

n Anyway I digress, if you hadn’t noticed I tend to write about whatever I am looking at outside the window. Now that we have returned to the foggy abyss and my view has been drastically reduced, it seems that I have run out of things to talk about. So I bid you adieu for now!


Ted Letcher,  Summit Intern

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