Friday, September 26, 2008
A brief visit to Lakes of the Clouds, September 12-13, 2008
This is Lakes of the Clouds Hut (referred to simply as Lakes) run by the Appalachian Mountain Club (The AMC) on Mt. Washington. That's Mt. Washington (referred to as The Wash) in the background partially hidden in the clouds. There are usually clouds around Mt. Washington and it's one reason that the AMC has its cloud sampling program at Lakes. Lakes usually closes for the season in the middle of September and I went up this year for that annual ritual. Last year on the last night there was a dusting of snow that fell, maybe a half an inch or so, and the next morning was crystal clear and astonishingly bright as the sun came over the ridge. For just an instant everything glistened and was lyrical in that light. Lakes is well known for a bunch of things including clouds, sunrises, sunsets, alpine flowers, and it snows almost every month. It's magical there, just above timberline, and a great place to spend a summer.