Hi Karl and other forum members ~
Welcome to membership Karl, it certainly has its privileges. I too have a similar story.
I've only been a member of MWO and partaken in the forum for a short time (six months), during that time I've met some new friends through the forum and have added some as friends to FB. I hope to continue to make new friendships as time goes on. The forum and the MWO website always has something fun to read, and many things of interest to all of us. I especially like the Observer Comments but, the ObsCast has it's place too. We all share the same love for the outdoors, Mt Washington and the Whites, just some get to hang out uptop more that others.
I've taken many walks but, I've never really hiked because I'm not sure how to read a trail map and since I travel alone, I know it's not a good idea to hike until I'm prepared but, the mountains and the trails aren't going anywhere soon. RIGHT? Hikes will come soon enough for me and then I'll never be home.
So, here's a big Thank You to the MWO staff, and the forum friends present and future.
Happy Belated Birthday Karl, thanks for the post.
Club Member, Mt Washington Observatory
~ Hike upward and find your Mountain ~