Along the highway in Ontario
What a weekend we had. It was a 4 day trip to Ontario to our nephew's wedding. It was sunny, hot and humid with heavy downpours and thunderstorms. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. We had planned to drive to Niagara Falls on Sunday but the traffic all weekend was crazy there so we decided to head back home via Quebec and Vermont and do something special in New Hampshire. We definitely need to take a holiday in Ontario some day. There is so much to see and do.
Ontario traffic on a holiday weekend.
We just aren't used to this and decided to avoid it and head out.
We drove east and crossed the border at Stanstead, Quebec into Vermont and on to New Hampshire where we stayed overnight in Gorham. The next morning we got up early and went to 'Micky D's' for breakfast before driving to Mt. Washington. We arrived there about 8:00 am and it was sunny, clear and already getting hot. When you start up the mountain you drive through forest with the odd peek through the trees to the mountains and the drop off down to the valley below. Soon the trees start thinning out until there are none. The road is wide enough for 2 vehicles to meet and pass.....very carefully. On the mountain side there is a deep ditch that isn't wide and has sharp rocks so if you go off you could really damage your tires or car. On the other side there is NO guard rail so one wrong move and you go off into eternity or to a hospital with serious injuries. This drive is not for the faint of heart (that would be me).....and I was terrified so sat in the backseat with my head down, eyes closed and praying we'd make it up and down safely!! I did get out at the rest stops....which were necessary to cool the car's engine and brakes....and didn't mind that as they were wide parking areas. It was the drop offs that are in the photos that I didn't look at. Have you done this drive before? What did you think? We drove it on our honeymoon in August 1977 - 38 years ago. There is a photo at the end of the post of the mountain that day. I wrote on the back of it that it was cloudy, foggy and raining at the top and we didn't see a thing! I guess the fog on the way up helped mask the views. Enjoy the photos.
Mt. Washington Auto Road is in it's 154th season as America's first and oldest man-made attraction.
Yep! that is the edge. One has to drive on the right side of the yellow line but I see Murray wasn't at this spot. Oh. By the way. Mark, our son, was in the front passenger seat and took all the photos along the road as I couldn't even look!
By the time we got to the top (it's only 7 miles but we stopped several times and the going is slow in a lower gear) the clouds had blown in and the wind was incredibly strong.
This is Murray helping me up the stairs from the parking lot to the top where the interpretation centre is. That isn't fog. It's clouds. And the wind was so strong I could barely walk. Also, I couldn't breathe due to the altitude. After about 15 minutes inside the sun came out and the clouds left so we went outside.
This is the view from the windows inside the centre. The line across the ground is the cog railroad. There is a train that travels up the mountain and brings visitors to the top. I think that would be scarier than in a car but people have been doing it since the late 1800's!
The terrain is very rocky with mosses and wildflowers that survive the harsh climate.
Murray was hanging on to me as I could barely stand up against the wind at the peak. We were laughing so hard and my hair was being whipped about. What a hoot!
The Cog Railroad is in the foreground.
Coming back down the mountain. I still had my eyes closed.
Mark and Jenn
This was about halfway down the mountain. It was so much warmer and less windy here.
A car traveling up the mountain.
Since our car was a rental we didn't put the sticker on it. :-) We asked a man to take our photo at the bottom of the mountain. I was very relieved to arrive safely.
Here is the photo taken on our honeymoon from the base of Mt. Washington.
And here is more proof that we drove up the mountain on that day - August 10 - 38 years ago. :-) Yes, we still have the certificate! We don't always throw everything out you know. LOL
I hope you enjoyed the photos. I don't expect I'll do that drive again knowing what I know now when there is no fog or clouds to obscure the views. Ha!
Thanks for visiting. I hope you are having a good week and enjoying the summer. Can you believe it's August already??