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Dear Mt. Washington,
Since I first learned about you as a child, your presence in my life has been conflicting. Climbing you always seemed like something only the most experienced could do, yet I see “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” stickers on a daily basis. I’ve seen you towering above the horizon from the Western Promenade in Portland, a hundred miles away. I’ve seen you from every corner of the Whites as I climbed each of the other 48 peaks. We built large protrusions and infrastructure on your summit for all the surrounding areas to see. Your image, popularity and accessibility somehow made me view you as less special. I kept putting you off for another day. As I approached your summit today from Lake of the Clouds, everything changed. The clouds cleared and I saw your rocky, exposed summit glaring down at me. Your presence both humbling and intimidating. At the summit, I see dozens of people in awe at the wonders that the highest point in New England has to offer. People that would otherwise be unable to experience it. That alone, makes you beyond special.
While I do wish I could have been alive to see you in your untouched state, now I see why I saved you for last. I had to understand you from every perspective to appreciate your beauty. Just the way you are. You showed me the way.
Looking back at who I was when I first climbed Mt. Tom on May 19th, 2018, that person no longer exists. Each trip out to the mountains, I fell in love a little more. Each mountain has provided unique lessons and insights that have pushed me to grow and overcome difficulties. I’ve met countless beautiful souls. I’ve laughed, cried, and screamed on summits, but I feel blessed beyond words to live so close to these mountains. Grateful for this Earth, this life, this body, but most of all, you. The one reading this. The amount of love and support I continue to receive has me beyond humbled. Happy equinox everyone! May the warm colors of fall bring peace to your soul. Blessed be.
Now....on to Vermont!
Mt. Washington, 6288’ & Mt. Monroe, 5372’ via Crawford Path for 62/67 #NE67 & 48/48 #NH48 ✔️
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