Spending My Birthday on the Summit

2014-12-17 17:29:35.000 – Werner Griesshammer, Summit Volunteer


For several years I planned to spend the week of my birthday with my wife Conny as a volunteer at the Mount Washington Observatory, but every year something else came up. 2014 finally was the year! Last week’s snow storm delayed shift change until Thursday and when we came up to the summit, we were engulfed in fog. But who would expect anything else on the mountain with the world’s worst weather.

After a day with a breathtaking sunset Monday night, nature decided to surprise me with a spectacular sunrise on Tuesday as a birthday present. Standing on top of New England’s highest peak and taking in the beauty of a clear morning cannot be easily put in words. While people in the valley woke up to clouds and fog we enjoyed the sun slowly rising over the horizon, dipping the surrounding peaks in a slight alpenglow.

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Werner Griesshammer, Summit Volunteer

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