Thursday, July 14, 2011

New England Summer Thursday

White Mountains in the fall.

Every year, we try to find an excuse to go to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  The most famous mountain in New Hampshire is Mount Washington.  
  • Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the Northeastern U.S at 6,288 feet high.
  • The mountain is home to some of the most severe weather on Earth.  The fastest wind gust (231 miles per hour) was recorded in 1934.
  • The White Mountain range is part of the Appalachian Mountains.  It covers 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and Maine. 
  • You can see up to 100 miles from the top of Mount Washington on a clear day.  This is rare, since it's very foggy on the mountain top.  Handy Man and I were lucky to visit the mountain once on one of those rare, clear days. (I'd share the pictures, but it's on 35mm film.  The originals are in a scrapbook, but I do have negatives.)
  • This mountain can be dangerous! Over 100 fatalities have occurred on Mount Washington since the mid 1800s.
  • The Kancamagus Highway is a scenic highway that is 34 miles long, and cuts through the heart of the White Mountains.
Have you ever been to the White Mountains?  Have you ever attempted to climb Mount Washington?  (Handy Man has climbed it, I rode to the top in a train!)

3 comments:

Kristin said...

We rode in the back of a pick-up truck up Mt. Washington and I can say that was terrifying! Esp. when we got past the tree-line. I tell people, don't under-estimate this "small" mountain. Otherwise, it sure is beautiful up top and all around. We haven't been in a few years and I hope we can again next summer.

Marcia said...

I LOVE the White Mountains. I have many fond memories of my grandparents driving us all over the area looking at the beautiful sights. I won't lie, I cried when the Old Man in the Mountain fell. It was shortly after my grandfather's death and I was glad he wasn't around to see it happen. We honeymooned in the White Mountains and I've been to MANY scrapbooking events up there too :D

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

I haven't been to the White Mountains in many years, but went as a child on family vacations. Those were the days before Disneyworld, when just a picturesque drive to a different state was special. You were lucky to come home with a silly souvenir like a belt made from walnut shells or a pennant for your bedroom.

Boy, am I giving away my age, or what?

Thanks for the education about New England's best features! Beautiful fall photo. Thanks.

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