Starting the year off with an adventure has become one of my favorite traditions. This year was no different. After a bit of discussion and weather watching it was decision time: let's make our way to Table Rock in Grafton Notch State Park.
The weather report? Not good. Visibility? Uncertain. Snow? Maybe. A good day for an adventure? You bet!
The alarm went off about 2 a.m. and we piled into the car. It was snowing at home with an inch or two on the ground. Slow and steady we made our way into the mountains of Western Maine. We arrived later than we had hoped since it snowed the entire trip. Better to arrive safely than not at all.
Threw on our gear, headlamps, and off we went. It is nice to meander and take your time, but the sunrise was coming and we would need to move quickly. It did not look like we would see the sun, but the only way to know what we were going to see was to get to Table Rock.
About halfway or so, Jared called ahead and told me to push on and he would follow soon after. We both knew this trail and so I felt comfortable to push on and make a break for the top. I arrived just after the "official" sunrise. I was greeted by two fellow adventurers enjoying the view and we immediately wished each other a happy new year!
I made the first two images within a minute or two of arriving. Then the clouds rapidly overtook us. Jared arrived in time for a partial view from the overlook. Then, in a blink of an eye, we were left with just the view of the rock at our feet. Each time I throw on my pack and head into the wild is another chance to experience the magic of the mountains.