The beauty of the Whites

In the last year I have become increasingly obsessed with the Appalachian Trail.  It started with a book I read that a friend wrote.  I thought it was really interesting, but certainly something I would never be a part of beyond reading.  I had spent a good portion of my adult life thinking that I hated hiking mostly due to one negative person in my life.  As it turns out, that isn’t the case at all.

It really started when I took an assignment in southwestern Vermont.  I was located close to a trail crossing and I ended up going to a “hiker feed” that was sponsored by the Green Mountain Club.  I was finally experiencing the hiker culture in real life and I fell hard and fast.

I have read as much as I could get my hands on and I still find new things to read every day.  I became a member of the Appalachian Trail Convservancy and will talk about the trail any chance I get.  I have certain go-to friends who share my crazy obsessive nature in regard to the AT and hiking in general.

Recently, I spent a weekend in a resort tucked into the White Mountains-The Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa.  It was a spectacular weekend with some incredible views and fun not soon forgotten.  I admit, that of all the AT, I am most nervous about the Whites and Maine.  I have heard time and time again that it’s the hardest part of the trail.  But, what a challenge to overcome it!  So, as I sat on the beautiful wrap around porch staring at Mt. Washington, I couldn’t help but mentally wander along that amazing trail that defines the true outdoor experience.  IMG_5272 IMG_5278 IMG_5307 IMG_5323