Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mt Washington



One of the things we did during our recent vacation was drove up Mt. Washington... all 6,288 feet of it.

Mr. Cube drove. I cringed. Personally, I like guard rails...

See for yourself how scary it is... Mount Washington Auto Road

And yes, at the summit we got a bunch of bumperstickers, t-shirts, magnets, pens, shot glasses, and a mug.

My personal favorite is a pin that reads, "I survived Mt Washington Auto Road"

I'm glad I did it once.

25 Comments:

At July 22, 2008 11:43 AM, Blogger nanc said...

i hate these kind of road trips - my husband took us through lassen volcanic park once and it was all i could do to maintain ANY sense of sanity. no, i've not been the same since...

 
At July 22, 2008 12:48 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Whoa, I would've loved to see that!

I love the mountains, and the oceans. Well, pretty much anything but the dessert.

 
At July 22, 2008 1:29 PM, Blogger Shover Robot said...

Don't think I would be able to take one of those drives.

 
At July 22, 2008 1:47 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

woohoo youre so daring!

 
At July 22, 2008 1:53 PM, Blogger jan said...

I've closed my eyes and not seen a lot of those mountain drives.

 
At July 22, 2008 5:33 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Mt. Washington isn't scary!!

 
At July 22, 2008 5:44 PM, Blogger dmarks said...

I've always wanted to see Mt Washington ever since reading "Intervention" by Julian May (a book in one of the two best science fiction series of all time).

I have you in my Blogroll now.

 
At July 22, 2008 6:00 PM, Blogger cube said...

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At July 22, 2008 6:09 PM, Blogger cube said...

nanc: Are you sure we weren't twins separated at birth? Honestly, we have soooo much in common I sometimes wonder.

brooke: Next time, you can take my place. The sheer mountain drops were not my favorite places to be... at least you can't fall off the desert!

shover: We are in agreement. It was one scary ride.

woman: Oh no, I'm not daring at all. Mr. Cube & the cubelets dragged me onto that mountain kicking & screaming.

 
At July 22, 2008 7:02 PM, Blogger David Amulet said...

That is a sweet road, kind of reminds me of the twisty, switchback-full Road to Hana on Maui. Yikes!

 
At July 23, 2008 12:38 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Hey, I've been there. I don't like it either.

 
At July 23, 2008 10:47 AM, Blogger Z said...

I hate guardrailless roads so much I can't look at your link!
I did the Continential Divide drive once, looking down over no guardrails, seeing very tiny toothpicks which were, in truth, the tops of extremely tall trees waaaaaaaay "down there".

No thanks! But glad you had fun!!!

 
At July 23, 2008 11:01 AM, Blogger cube said...

beckeye: I'd take the worst Pittsburgh can dish out over riding to the summit of that mountain again. Yikes!

dmarks: Is that the same Julian May of the Galactic Milieu Trilogy?
I've not read 'Intervention'... should I?

 
At July 23, 2008 11:07 AM, Blogger cube said...

david: It didn't feel sweet to me.

jungle mom: Do you remember "Oh My God" turn? I could've sworn there was more than one of those.

Z: Not fun. It was sheer terror.

 
At July 23, 2008 12:52 PM, Blogger dmarks said...

Cube: "Intervention" is in the same series. As as hardcover, it is one book "Intervention". As paperbacks, it is two books: "Surveillance" and "Metaconcert".

It is part of the same series. I think the first written books, "Saga of Pliocene Exile", are really one of the two best science fiction series of all time. After she wrote those, she wrote the "Intervention" book/books, which are chronologically the earliest in the series, starting with the very first operant Remillards sometime in the mid 20th century.

The "Galactic Milieu Trilogy" was written after this, and chronologically takes place not longer after "Intervention" ended.

I thought "Intervention" was better than "Galactice Milieu".

 
At July 23, 2008 2:26 PM, Blogger cube said...

dmarks: Thanks. I will put May's early books on my 'To Read' list.

BTW what do you consider the other
best science fiction series?

 
At July 23, 2008 6:24 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Looking at that website, I can see why you were wishing you had guard rails. Beautiful, but a bit nerve racking. I wouldn't recommend that drive to a lush.

 
At July 24, 2008 1:30 AM, Blogger nanc said...

yes - we could have been separated from birth - you being the geeky one!

*8]

you wouldn't hit an avatar with glasses, would you?

 
At July 24, 2008 11:23 AM, Blogger EDGE said...

My folks went there and they have a bumper sticker that says "this car climbed Mt. Washington!"

Cool!

 
At July 24, 2008 11:43 AM, Blogger cube said...

j.d.: Yeah, you wouldn't want to have too much caffeine either. Wouldn't want to get jittery during that drive.

nanc: Why I oughtta pound you...
;-)

edge: You get one of those bumperstickers in the packet you check in at the bottom. Unfortunately, we were driving a rental car, so we had to buy different stickers which read, "I survived Mt. Washinton Auto Road."

 
At July 24, 2008 3:10 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Z, the whole road was an OMG one to me!

 
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