“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.”
On my recent trip with my mom to see New Hampshire’s White Mountains, we spent the night at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. As you can see from these photos, the views are pretty spectacular and the star of the landscape is of course…Mount Washington. While I DO like to hike, the conditions sort of need to be right; in this case, my potential hiking companion got a new knee only 6 months ago, so that ruled out any long or strenuous walks. Aw shucks.
Imagine our delight, then, when we learned that we could actually take the Cog Railway all the way to the summit of Mount Washington! Travelling at the breakneck speed of 5 miles per hour, the trip to the top takes about 45 minutes.
On our train we were in the very capable hands of a knowledgeable and friendly Conductor…
Who not only pointed out the sites and told us local lore, but also helped guide the engineer who was driving “blind” from the engine at the back of the train.
At 11:30 a.m. sharp, the engineer blew the whistle and up we started.
In the woody terrain, we passed a moose…
While the steam engine train passed us on it’s return trip down the mountain.
On a mountain known for some of the worst weather on the continent and only 62 days per year of clear skies, luck was on our side.
(They weren’t as lucky, missed the train and had to climb to the top by foot.)
The ascent got steeper and steeper as we went…
While the air cooled down nicely…
And then we reached the end of the line.
On a clear day the visibility is 300 miles and encompasses 5 states! So if you happened to be in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York…
Or, even in Heaven yesterday…
I’m pretty sure I could see you!
After an hour spent soaking in the sun and the views (hey, look Ma, there’s a train on that mountain…)
It was “all aboard” for our crew, and down the steep descent we started.
We made sure to sit at the back of the train so that we could get a different perspective…
And I was grateful for the geriatric pace which allowed me to take millions of photos and say “hi” to the ascending trains.
And then we found ourselves back at the base station safe and sound. Thanks to the Cog Railway for a lovely experience!
Visiting my mom in her little cabin in NH is always an experience – one that usually revolves around home-cooked meals, refreshing swims, glorious sunsets and fairly rustic living. On my short visit this time though, we decided to “escape over the wall” and have an overnight vacation…from our vacation.
How spoiled are we?!
Our goal was to explore a bit of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, but instead of strapping on hiking boots and day packs, we hopped in the car and headed towards Bretton Woods and the Omni Mount Washington Resort.
A few hours later, as we pulled into the driveway of the resort, I displayed rather un-resort-like behavior by jumping out of the car to snap this picture.
(We weren’t the only guests checking in, but the old-world charm made us feel like royalty anyway!)
The entry lobby was grand yet inviting…
And the wrap-around, white-washed porch and wicker settees seemed to beg for us to spend the afternoon lounging.
But we decided to go exploring first and took the hotel shuttle to the Bretton Woods ski area for a ride on the (free) scenic chair lift.
The views of Mount Washington in the distance didn’t disappoint (and I’m happy to report that I didn’t lose my sandals or drop my camera!)
After our strenuous workout riding the chair lift, it was back to the hotel for some quiet time…
And cocktails followed by dinner.
(If you’ve enjoyed this post, I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for “Part II” where I’ll post pictures from our trek to the top of Mount Washington.)
She’s part Bohemian, part party girl…and definitely a free spirit. What’s not to like?
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