We’re well into the heart of New Hampshire. We just summited Mount Moosilauke, which is a 4,800-footer. It’s been a long time since we’ve summited a good-sized mountain; I think this is the first 4,000-footer we’ve done since Mount Rogers in Virginia.
We’ve been enjoying the crystal-clear, blue sky and beautiful weather. A high pressure system is giving us great visibility, and we made it to the summit of Mount Moosilauke at a good pace. We’re on our way down now, and it’s a precipitous drop-off. All the hikers coming in the opposite direction are saying it’s a difficult climb down.
We’re about a day away from Franconia Notch, where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be. This was a rock formation that looked like the profile of an old man, and it was a state symbol of New Hampshire until it collapsed in 2003.
We’re about six days away from Mount Washington if the weather holds up. We’re playing close attention to the weather; we’re not going to head into the Presidential Range in inclement weather.
We’re making good progress and are enjoying seeing family members as we head north. We’re looking forward to seeing our niece, Nicole, who is here doing a summer internship. She’s going to help us get into town and resupply.
Please keep us in your prayers. The mountains are definitely more difficult now that we’re in New Hampshire. We pray for all of you every morning, and we’re looking forward to being able to celebrate victory and to seeing you all probably in four weeks. We’re going to spend a few days at my mom’s house after we’re done, and then we’ll head home. God bless you all.
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