January 30, 2017

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire

Almost to the top of Mt. Washington!
We came through the tree line and the clouds and came out into the sun!

Beginning to enter the end of the cog railway line at the top of the mountain. 
This is one sturdy building to stand up to winds in excess of 200 mph!

You could look out over the world!
The steps to the right lead down to a parking lot for those that chose to 
drive their vehicles up the mountain instead of taking the cog train.
See those clouds in the background? 
 They were fast approaching to cover up that beautiful view.

When we left the cog railway station the temperature was a beautiful
 morning Autumn of 52 degrees.  When we got to the top the temperature 
was a brisk 22 degrees with a windchill of 1 degree!
The wind whipped us along at 51 mph with gusts over 70 mph!

Many hikers were checking in at the weather station in case they don't make
 it to the bottom of the mountain within an appropriate amount of time.
  Needless to say I won't be hiking to this summit!

The picture looks calm and serene but the truth was you couldn't stand straight
 up and down but forced yourself against the wind just to look down the mountain.  
~~Those clouds to the left were arriving even faster!

As the clouds made their way toward us you could feel the mountain become another realm!
Can you see the cog train going down the mountain to the left?  It's green
Can you see vehicles coming up and down the mountain to the right?

Remember me mentioning those clouds fast approaching?
They had arrived and made you feel lost.
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January 9, 2017

Mt. Washington Cog Railway tracks

Starting to head up the mountain we made sure we were on the correct tracks.

The further up the mountain we chugged the more foreboding it became.

Each of the railroad ties are numbered going up and down the mountain. 
With each cog and chug someone inspects the tracks to report where something needs
to be looked at or corrected.

Number 95 and 96 appear good to go!

We followed the blue and green train going up!

December 23, 2016

Mt. Washington Railway

It appeared to us below that the railway way reaching to the top.
Once we were in our railway car we realized that this wasn't even the beginning of the ascent!
You could almost draw a line where the frost began.

The chugging begins.

While waiting for you train there's lots to explore at the base station.

All the railway cars are tin top notch shape.  
Ascending and Descending the mountain every day requires on-going maintenance.

The passenger rail cars provide warmth and comfort for the ride.

December 17, 2016

Mt. Washington Cog Railroad Base Station

Starting at 2700 ft is just the beginning of adventure at the Mt. Washington Cog Railroad Station.

The beginning of the climb.

The ole steam engine is the worker bee!

Look closely at for the cogs that gives the mountain its name!

The cogs keep the trains safe when navigating the mounting tracks.
Through the rain, snow, sleet, ice, winds and 'sun', the cogs keep the train secured to the tracks.

From all around the world folks make their way to the mountain.
--If you build it they will come--
God provided the mountain and the cog railway provided the access!

December 12, 2016

Kennedy Compound and St. Andrews Hyannis Port, MA

St. Andrew Episcopal Church
Sitting on a grassy hill the views out over the ocean is astounding!

St. Andrews looks out over the Kennedy compound along the ocean front.

You can see most of the Kennedy Summer homes from out on the ocean.  
The three dormer home was Joe and Rose's!

A wide view of the palatial Hyannis ocean front homes.
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November 14, 2016

Super Moon 2016

I was ready for the super moon of 2016 last evening.  Camera settings checked and tripod set up.
I got a few lovely shots as the moon was first rising then as its color faded I got a few more shots.  When I was ready to go to work this morning I stepped outside and the moon was even more beautiful!  I snatched the camera and no tripod because Mr Moon was descending quickly.  As it was going down behind the leaf barren trees I snapped away.  I felt I missed the shots but upon uploading my pictures I realized the trees gave it character all its own!
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Last evening - Nov 13
The moon was rising and growing bigger!

Last evening  - Nov 13
As it lost its orange glow the moon was still visibly larger than usual.


November 3, 2016

Mt. Washington Hotel ~ A day inside

A cozy day inside the Mt. Washington 

From the ceiling to the floor artwork provides a place for your eyes to gaze.

A grand piano always catches my eye ~ and a Steinway to boot!

Each door has old world character!

A relaxing pseudo outdoor spot where you can stay warm!

November 1, 2016

Mt. Washington Hotel ~ Bretton Woods

My first thoughts on viewing the Mt. Washington Hotel?
~That porch is my destination!~
Before you enter the premises of Mt. Washington you're in awe by the building itself let alone the astounding mountains surrounding the area.

That Porch!
Sit back and relax with your favorite hot or cold beverage.
The scenery can mesmerize you for hours.

The ever changing clouds on top, below and through the mountains changes the view continually.

Even the back of the hotel offers awe filled moments!