Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

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Stairs Mountain.

It’s been several years since I spent my first night alone in the wilderness. This is where I slept, high atop the cliff face of Stairs Mountain, deep in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. Peace, quite, solitude, with awe inspiring views in almost any direction.

The last thing I saw before before closing the flap on my tent in the night and the first thing I saw when I emerged in the morning, the beauty of the mountains.

That’s enough.

Should you get the chance, I highly recommend at least one solo wilderness camping trip.

A Room With A View Revisited

Sitting high atop Stairs Mountain overlooking the vast White Mountains of New Hampshire.

 

One evening last fall I had the pleasure of staying in a most spectacular and spacious room.

A room like no other.

Its walls beautifully decorated in shades of evergreen and autumn gold, with well placed splashes of crimson.

The finishing touch, a border of distant mountains under a nearly cloudless blue sky.

The cost of this room, merely miles underfoot, the reward for a nights stay, immeasurable.

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For a look at some more equally wonderful rooms, click Here

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top.

“Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve,

they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

~ Anatoli Boukreev

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

The mountains seemed to go on and on…

Pastel Evening Light, Stairs Mountain

From my bedroom window.

Over the weekend I went on my first solo wilderness overnight in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

This spectacular view from the top of Stairs Mountain, the reward for a long hike carrying a fully loaded pack, awaited me as I reached my camp for the evening.

As the sun was setting to the west, the pastel glow cast over the landscape to the south-east was breathtaking.

The mountains receding into the distance seemed to go on forever.

The fire in the sky over the mountains to the west, especially about 15 minutes after the sun went down, was better still.

(If you just can’t wait to see that fiery sky western sky, you can see it HERE! While you’re there, become a fan!)

I had hoped for an equally glorious sunrise view in the morning, however the weather had other plans.

Here is the same cliff face from the above photo the following morning.

Stairs In The Mist

Not the sunrise view I was hoping for, but still an outstanding trip into the wilderness.