I had a bad feeling, that after a week of unseasonably cold weather Shawn and I would have a hard time reaching the summit of Mount Washington on our annual trip up the autoroad. The tradition that started by accident on our first wedding anniversary we have repeated the previous three years. Of course I wasn't going to just stop this cool tradition and had high expectations of another great photo at the famous sign at the summit.
But, we never reached the summit.
The chance you take later into the fall when wanting to drive up the autoroad is that it might just be closed to personal vehicles due to snow and horrendous weather conditions. That was just the case this past weekend when Shawn and I made the drive over.
|These were the current conditions as we neared the autoroad.|
I knew that our chances were slim of reaching the peak. In all honesty I was hoping they would let us drive up partway and I could take a photo of us somewhere on the road at the very least. After all, that was what I had to do the first year this whole tradition started and prompted us to return the second year and actually reach the summit. When we reached the entrance I squealed a little, because I saw another car turn in just in front of us. Surely it was open!
Instead of embarking on the amazingly scenic, windy, and expensive drive we were greeted by two older people who informed us that the road was "completely closed today" and that maybe, maybe they would have shuttles go part way up later in the day if conditions improved.
I tried to digest the information I was just given as Shawn turned our car around and parked in a nearby parking lot. We wouldn't reach the summit. Nope. Not this year. I glared at the white peak that danced in and out of the clouds and tried to fight back my disappointment. It was a pretty sight, but it I felt like a failure.
Why did we wait so late into the season to make the attempt? It was practically winter at the peak now. I was going to have to settle for a lame photo in the parking lot. That was about as far from my ideal plan as I could get.
However, Shawn and I grinned and accepted the card we were dealt. So, here it is, photo #4 for our growing album of our "Annual Anniversary Trip Up Mount Washington".
So, next year we will make sure and plan the trip a couple of weeks before winter sets in at the summit!