A couple weeks ago, I wanted to introduce my girlfriend to the joys of New Hampshire hiking. She's been wanting to do Washington for a while, so she, my sister and I packed our backpacks and set off for Pinkham Notch and all that lay beyond. As it turns out, she loved it, but our round trip time ended up being about twelve hours, if you can believe it. I don't think I've ever been passed on the trail before, but on that day....
Anyway, I felt the need to redeem my performance a bit. So today, my brother, dad, and I embarked on the trail again, with the agreement that I would give it my best shot, and wait at the car for them. I took up my pack and set foot on the trail. Eventually I got up to Lion's Head, but somehow took the wrong trail and ended up heading down a little into Tuckerman's Ravine. That took about 10-15 minutes that I shouldn't have had to use, but still, I got back on the right trail and kept clawing my way to the top. I finally reached the summit sign with a time of 1:35. Not great, but better then last time. I'm an avid cyclist, and so the Newton's revenge bike race distracted me a little, but I finally got back on the trail and slogged away back to the Notch, finally reaching it at about 2:46:30. My sister said she hated me.
But the time wasn't the only reason to be on the mountain. It was a lovely day up there, with gorgeous views that seem to be all too rare on that mountain.
First, my traveling companion:
Next, Tuckerman's ravine:
Indeed, a nice day in the mountains.