The highest mountain in the Northeast
The highest wind ever observed by man
The scariest road ever observed by me!
I also double this post as an entry to Jakesprinster’s Sunday Post: Road. (I know it’s already Tuesday :P)
Mt Washington Auto Road
Before you are about to enter the toll both of Mt. Washington Auto Road, the first thing you see is this warning sign.
The Mt. Washington Auto Road is a steep, narrow, mountain road without guardrails. If you have a fear of heights, you may not appreciate this driving experience. Guided tours are available.
Thought it was just a regular warning sign. Perhaps a sneaky way to threaten us and use ‘fear’ to sell guided tours which are more expensive than tolls if driving ourselves. I don’t have a fear of heights, so no problem.
We paid the fees ($25 for the car and driver, plus $8 for each additional adult) and got an audio tour on CD and a bumper sticker saying “This Car Climbed Mount Washington”.
Alas, little did I know…
On the way up, I was just so scared that I couldn’t take but a few pictures. My hands were shaking. And my heart was pounding! I thought we were going to plunge down the mountain every other turn. The road is steep and narrow. Don’t let the Auto Road’s average figure of 12% grade fools you. The steepest part of the road is 22% at the very top! Imagine driving up here on a cloudy or rainy day and rounding the hairpin turns on slippery road with no visibility! That warning sign is no joke…
And during all this drama, the Better Half was having a good time driving and enjoying the scenery. Lol.
At last, I’m on top of the world! At 6,288 feet.
Mt Washington Observatory
The highest wind ever observed by man was recorded here. 231 MILES PER HOUR!
Then unexpectedly, the train arrived…in style.
Even the Amish (or Quakers?) came to conquer Mt Washington.
The train ride should be less scary than the auto road, I think. Then I had this idea that I wanted to abandon the car (and the Better Half along the process) and took the train down. Lol.
It turned out that the trip down wasn’t as bad.
This car has climbed Mount Washington.