We left spring behind this morning and entered the snow zone at Mount Washington.
Once again, John (Island Mountain Ramblers) organized an exceptional trip, this one to Mount Elma. With Dean expertly leading the way, we crossed the meadows and Battleship Lake on a well-trodden track.
We had a high overcast with the sun veiling itself behind the grey. The light had the interesting effect of making the landscape a study in flat matte black-and-white – quite beautiful in its way.
And so up we went until we reached the base of Mount Elma and the climb began. The top was a picture of beauty. I love the big, mesa-like apex with the dotted trees and the glorious 360 views, especially at the very top/viewpoint.
We all got the photos we wanted and then back down, this time staying more to the right and some of us (was that me?) carving our own trails down through the snow. Fun!
To finish the day perfectly, it began snowing again – the kind of snow artists draw on Christmas cards – soft fat flakes turning the landscape into a place of magic.
Five hours later we were back at the parking lot, all of us with big smiles on our faces. A wonderful trip!