Hiking is an amazing experience that challenges the body, mind, and spirit. I seek mountain tops to chase light, clouds, and moments of awe. I also seek time for soaking in the beauty and having time to reflect on what matters most in life. Looking out I repeated say in my head "this is it, this is what it's all about."
On a recent trip to Mt. Washington, we found the mountaintop to be busy with the hustle and bustle of people, vehicles, trains, and tons of groups hiking. Being around so many people was not really why we were hiking. It was particularly busy since part of Tuckerman's Ravine trail was closed due to snow. As we reached the top of the Lions Head, I looked down at Tuckerman's Ravine and lusted to get close to that section of the mountain. We did see a few people coming up that way and it looked possible. We finished hiking to the top to check it out, grab a quick snack, and then head down the mountain in hopes of finding a more quiet, peaceful return trip. (The top of the mountain is beautiful and I shared a few images from the top here).
Not far back down our hike we came to the "closed junction" and it was decision time. Should we go back the way we came or continue to Tuckerman's Ravine Trail. Moments like this are all about calculated risk. The trail was closed but we thought we would give it a try. If it really was too risky we would turn back. We have turned back on trails before but thought we would be fine. We were so glad we pressed on. The section of the mountain was quiet with few hikers. We were able to touch the snow and the waterfalls coming off the mountain. I was able to sit peacefully and soak in the beauty of Tuckerman's Ravine. It was exactly what we had hoped for and as always so much more too.
Albert Einstein once said, "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." This struck a cord with me as I try to further express who I am as a photographer, creative, writer, and adventurer. At my core it is my approach to follow all that I am passionately curious about and to share it. I remember as we reached Lion's Head I immediately headed off the trail to get closer to the side of the mountain where I could get a better view of Tuckerman's Ravine. I saw the snow, I saw a few hikers who seemed to be hiking on (or near) the edge of the snow, and I wanted to go there. No doubt about it.
My photographs focus on this section of the trail, from both Lion's Head looking down at Tuckerman's Ravine and from our hike down along Tuckerman's Ravine. We had rushed during parts of our hike, weaving through people and large groups. This was the moment to slow down so that we could soak in the beauty of Mt. Washington. It was a great hike and I want to return to Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. This was just the beginning spark curiosity for adventures to come. Here is a slice of Mt. Washington. (Click on image to enlarge gallery)