2012-06-12 19:05:38.000 – Gary Casperson, Summit Volunteer
My first summer volunteer week has been an awesome time on the Rock Pile. The weather was rainy, snowy, and cold for the weekend before we arrived. Then the rain stopped for our trip up the Auto Road on Wednesday but the temps stayed in the 30’s. The ‘bad’ weather continued with thunderstorms moving in on Friday and Friday night. But, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the days were gorgeous, with light winds and temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. Nicolas, also a volunteer and a great cook, and I then took advantage of the clear skies and accomplished several hikes to nearby peaks and the Alpine Garden.
The staff has been fabulous; full of information, stories, and they are really hard workers. The absolute star on the mountain has been Marty, the unofficial mascot of the Mount Washington Observatory. At dusk, we would all head outside to watch the beautiful colors of the sunset. Marty likes to come along and dash all about the rocks and boulders in a final tribute to the setting sun.
I would like to say thank you to everyone here on the mountain and down in the valley office for this opportunity to come and volunteer. I look forward to a week of volunteering during the winter season.
Gary Casperson, Summit Volunteer