So long for now.
2012-04-23 15:45:55.000 – Brian Fitzgerald, Summit Intern
Island in the sky.
Eight weeks working, living and playing on the summit of Mount Washington as a winter intern is an experience that defies replication. In my eight weeks here I have spent time shoveling never-ending snow and drifts, compiling weather reports, teaching visitors about Mount Washington’s unique weather, joined the century club, witnessed 129 mile per hour winds, built snow caves in -70 degree wind chills… the list goes on. To experience some of the worst weather conditions in the world just outside of my doorstep on a regular basis is something that never gets old. Mount Washington’s famously fierce weather, storied history and dedicated appreciators are only part of the reason why this mountain will forever hold a special place in my heart, and the hearts of many. The brute and wild character of this ‘rockpile’ serves as New England’s foremost lesson in the sheer power and wonder that is nature, and if you seek a lesson in humility, surely this is where you will find it.There is a time and a place for everything however, and I have sadly reached the end of my internship here on the summit. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Mount Washington Observatory and to have had the privilege to learn from and work with some of the finest people around. I hope that if there is anyone out there interested in supporting the Mount Washington Observatory in any way, big or small, be it through an internship, donation, volunteering time or simply visiting the summit- you should know that it is absolutely worth your effort in supporting this truly great New Hampshire institution.
Brian Fitzgerald, Summit Intern