Greed is the root of all Evil

” Then he said to the crowd, ” Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions”.

 

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” Greed comes with sadness and pain, of which you never have true happiness”.

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Within this Society we all live today and the Society before Jesus came and walked his journey with us, Greed is all around us, it has consumed the fiber of our being, making us all hurt with real pain and completely lost our true happiness. I get the fact that we need money to pay our Bills, pay for the food we put on our tables, put gas in the car, so we can go to work to further pay for these items, but paying for all the material things, the house in the Hampton’s or where ever that second house may be? Now you are getting into a force that drives us for all the wrong reasons, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

If we could only learn to do more with less, just maybe the true happiness will return to all our lives. We get so engulfed with the notion that we need to keep up with the Jones  sort of speak, that we totally forget just how to live our lives in true happiness. We then think that this journey of life is nothing but a game, that has us competing with each other, then we try to accumulate more material things than those around us. Material things are just that ” Material” and we can’t take them with us, when this journey comes to a close. When we tackle too much just to try to accumulate more material things, it leads us to a life that never lets us stop and enjoy what is around us, we get so caught up with accumulating that we then get sick through stress with what could of been avoided, if only we learned to relax and take the time to enjoy. I get the fact we work hard and want to have all the toys, showing of our hard work, but what good are the toys, when this journey comes to a close? There are some like myself, that a hike through the mountains, or a camping adventure deep within the Wilderness, will bring true happiness that will soothe the soul and when the soul is relaxed and happy, we to will be relaxed and happy, some may not be able to grasp the idea of ” do more with less”,  but when you do have more, now you stress over what to bring, so you now can’t totally enjoy all that is around you.

To live a life like the cabin in this picture may seem like the simple life, but it is a lot harder than any of our lifestyles today. First glance at the picture, this cabin looks simple right? Wrong cause you first had to build it with your own hands with what was around you, there may not be the material items within it, but yet the inside is so cozy, that you are more comfortable in it, than any million dollar Mansion. You see two boats near the water, so easy to put them in and paddle away right? Sorry you first need to finish the daily chores, then you can go out in the boats, but don’t forget to come back with the nightly supper. There is always something to keep you busy within the lifestyle of the simple life, but within the lifestyle of collecting all the material things, life than becomes boring, that has us wandering through life, instead of walking our paths in happiness, through this peaceful journey of life.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, do you think they are truly happy behind closed doors? Just look at the late Robin Williams, he was a great man that entertained us and made us laugh, but behind closed doors he was so sad, that the sadness brought great pain to his inner self. The Rich and Famous have these luxurious homes with all the toys, just to look on the outside as being happy, but it is whats on the inside that matters most. You can look on the outside to us all as being happy, but the sadness you feel inside, brings great pain to yourself, eventually the sadness and pain will become so great, that one day you will cave to them and now all these material things mean nothing, as you spend all your time in fixing yourself, to get back the true happiness that you lost. We all walk a path through this journey of life, it is not about accumulating the most material things, as it is totally about the quality of time you spend, being truly happy, til one day when the journey comes to a close, which then you can take the happiness with you, but not the material things.

 

” Life is about being truly happy and enjoying what is around you, as the material things will become lost when the journey comes to a close”

” Jesus walked his journey with us, showing us that we need not of the material things to make us truly happy, only the love within our hearts to feel and share as we walk this journey”

” The lifestyles of the rich and famous are not as happy as we see them, they truly hurt inside from the loneliness and the boredom of their lifestyle”

 

Keep spreading this message forever

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Time to remember and spread this message throughout this Society once again. Martin Richard was a young vibrant and full of life eight year old boy, when he was taken from us at the Boston Marathon Bombing, he might of been eight years old, but he was mature beyond his years, spreading this message to those around him. This message is quite simple and really won’t need any extra work on all our parts, all we need to do is love one another as we love ourselves, get back in touch with our true feelings and emotions, while we share our true empathy that is within us all, with each other. Let’s truly Honor this young boy, as we all share this message with each other, not just by saying to one another, but by truly showing it in action toward one another.

This Society we are all a part of, is so full of ugliness that, it clearly shows just how broken this Society truly is. A Society will flow when the People of the Society will flow with each other, so we all can flow together on this journey through life, this includes fixing all our issues, so we can get back to living in Peace, while our happiness flows throughout. Instead of dancing around the issues of why this Society is broken, or simply trying to move forward like nothing affects us, we first have to recognize what is wrong, then fix what is wrong, so we then can truly fix what is needed, then we all can move forward better and stronger.

This message of ” No more hurting People…… Peace” by Martin Richard, is a powerful message, that can help us all, if we only read it deeply, then put it to action, with our actions. If a little eight year old boy can write this, than why can’t we all put it to action, by sharing our empathy that is deep within us all, when we are in touch with our true feelings and don’t suppress them deep inside, it is easy to share our empathy with each other.

This ugliness around us gets blown up even further when the Propaganda Media takes it all as a story and twists it to fit their agendas, create more unwanted drama, just so they can line their pockets with all the money they bring in as we watch it with all the commercials, that pay big dollars to advertise on their network. It is all one big Vicious circle, that we all get caught up in, then get lost within the clouds of our judgments.

We walk our paths of this journey through life, not so we all can live through all the ugliness, not so we all have to be part of all this drama but quite simply, so we all can live among each other in Peace, then be happy at all we do, along our paths of this journey though life.

 

” No more hurting People…..Peace are great words by Martin Richards, that needs to strongly be shared by all”

” A broken Society starts with the People within it, as they then work together to fix all that is wrong”

” If a young man can write the perfect words, than why can’t we all take note and live within the perfect world around us”

 

The Dawn of a new Day……

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Each one of us wakes up each and every morning, some earlier than others, but truly just how many wake up to actually see the Sun wake up with them? How many actually wake up and look at all the beauty and sense of calm around them? It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure out that, the poll for these questions would be scarily low and I say ” scarily”, simply because the fact that there are very few that actually pay attention to what is around them.

The calmness of the morning and the sight of the Sun waking up, is enough to calm the soul within you, it is enough for you to reflect on the past issues, so you can take action to fix them and move forward stronger and better. The problem lies within us because we have become too lazy to take action of anything anymore, not too mention we have become too scared because of all the ugliness around us.

I would not want to choose to be a Police Officer today, only because when you put that badge on to go to work on a daily basis, you can’t say with certainty that you will be going back home to loved ones. This is the sad reality for which we all live today, these officer’s did not sign up for this, I know their job is to protect and to serve each community for which they live and work, but with all the ugliness within this Society, no Profession that any of us sign up for should be life or death profession. I blame we the People within this Society for letting it come to this, next blame is aimed straight at our so called Leaders of this Country, for a failure to lead and a failure to work together with their Peers for the good of the American People, not to mention a total disconnect with all that is around them.

We all want greatness, we all want success, we all want the American Dream, I have a news Flash for you, the American dream doesn’t exist anymore, simply because of greed and the fact that we have become too lazy, to put in a good hard days work anymore. We all want the easy way, we all dream of winning ” Powerball”, so we to can have enough money to work even less than we are today, then when we don’t get our way, or our dreams turn into nightmares, we then become angry to all that is around us and we will never see the calmness of the morning, let alone watch the Sun wake up each morning.

All this ugliness around us is the total fault of each and everyone within this Society today. Those that have achieved success have turned their backs on those still struggling, and the ones that have not turned their backs, are looked at by the rest of us as a lunatic, or someone that is crazy? Jealousy is another way for us to look at each other with a sense of inability, we see someone that has succeed and we then look back, with a sense of jealousy which then leads to anger of that person, when we look at someone with Anger, it then snow balls into an Anger that then grows throughout this Society. We all have our issues, not all of us can own a Company, because then there would be no worker’s to make these Companies great, but when there is a disconnect between the Companies and its worker’s than the company fails, just like the Leaders of this Country having a major disconnect with their Peers and the ones who voted them into office, now you have a Country going down faster than the Edmund Fitzgerald or the Titanic. We the People are at fault for being lazy and letting this chaos go on for to long and our Leaders are at fault, for not Leading us as they said they would when we voted them in. Can you say Term limits……. I just did and we need to get rid of the career Politician before they have a disconnect with all that is around them. Time is now for us all throughout this Society to get busy working, get busy fixing all our issues, which then will help fix the issues of our Society, so we all can move forward peacefully, through happiness, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

 

” The Dawn of the new day is so peaceful and calm, time to experience it once again so we can calm our souls moving forward”

” The morning Sun brings light to each day, it’s time to get rid of the darkness to see the light”

” to achieve success and greatness, first you need to work very hard and when the going gets tough, step up even further and work that much harder”

” This ugliness around us comes from somewhere, time to accept responsibility and stop pointing the blame elsewhere”

 

On the Grand scale……..

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“This picture is so awesome on every level, but to truly see just how awesome, you first have to look deeply into what you see”.

 

Throughout this Journey of life it can seem overwhelming at times, the pressures of everyday living can mount up in ways we totally don’t understand, things happen that takes us out of our comfort zone, then because we become uncomfortable, we then get frustrated and stressed out, we do things in ways we never did before, simply because we just want these times to end and hopefully get back to where we feel most comfortable. Along these paths we walk, no matter of which path you choose, there will always be things that will happen it is part of the Journey, these things will seem to us as huge obstacles that we see as being to big to over come, which then has us lose our sense of direction, our self esteem, our faith and our confidence in ourselves. these things will cloud our judgments to the point that, we don’t even know who we really are anymore? We become to afraid to reach out, cause without a self esteem, we then think everyone and everything is against us, we let these things control us, instead of we controlling these things, we then totally forget the fact that, if we can’t control something, than just simply walk away, before it overwhelms us to the point of this fear. We can only control something when we are in control and know truly of who we are and have complete faith in all we do. Knowing of who we truly are and staying in touch with our true feelings and emotions, goes along way in each of our lives, plus it goes a lot further on our paths of this journey through life.

When driving through Mountain areas like this and seeing the road twist and turn throughout them, is more than just beautiful to see and they can overwhelm us if we don’t know were we are going, but as we look on the map to see where we are and where we are going, then these mountains become even more beautiful to us, these mountains then will never seem to be an obstacle to us, as we take control of the wheel and twist and turn with the road, to get through the mountains without becoming lost. Life is similar to driving through areas like these Mountains, the road twists and turns just like the paths we walk, the mountains are like obstacles that we get around as we drive the roads and if we miss a turn, well…… than we just might end up in the water that is all around us throughout this Planet Earth.

We go to places like these mountains and the mountain roads, so we can get away from our everyday lives for a short while, so we than can think, unwind and clear our minds from the crap of our everyday lives. We get so stressed out that we can’t even see clearly of who we are, our minds become clouded within the clouds of our judgments, which then has us lose sight of where we are going, when we distress we then can see clearly of who we are, we can actually feel our true feelings and emotions, then with our true feelings in check, we then can strengthen our self esteem, which helps us have total faith in all we do.  When we are in control there is nothing we can’t do, there is no obstacle that will ever seem too big and there is no path we can’t walk with confidence, as we walk our path through this Journey of life.

 

” The mountains we look at as we drive the mountain roads, are similar to the mountains we overcome along this journey through life”

” There are many twists and turns that come before us, whether we are driving the mountain roads, or walking our paths through this journey of life”

” Miss a turn on the mountain roads and you just might end up in the water, miss a turn along this journey of life and we end up lost through the clouds of our judgments”

 

A Presidential Race like no other

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The Presidential race of 2016, has so many twists and turns, it is hard to keep up to them, let alone all the plot twists. After the first day of the DNC one word comes to mind, “Hypocrisy”. Hillary Clinton wants to be the first woman President so bad, that she clearly does not think before she speaks, she will say whatever we want to hear so she can get our vote, then once in office do nothing like when she was a Senator. She really has said nothing yet, except for bashing Donald Trump in any way she can, She like Bernie Sanders is promising a lot of free stuff, but seriously!!! Who is going to pay for all this free stuff? She complains of this wall that Donald Trump wants to build to protect the Citizens of the U.S.Well what about the wall with armed guards on the other side of Mexico, protecting them from Freeloaders? It is okay for them but not for us? As far as Foreign Policy, she has collected so much from the Arab Countries, that she would never go against them, so we can forget about fighting ISIS, which means that they will be welcome in this Country to do their sick and twisted acts, although News Flash for you…….. they are already here on Obama’s watch. Everything we disagree with Obama on, will then become the status quo under Hillary, the National Debt….. let’s just say we all will have to work til we leave this journey through life, with no chance to enjoy our Golden Years.

Senator Warren on the other hand has become the pit bull for the Clinton’s, she is doing nothing but bash Donald Trump, when she should be in her office, working with the other Senator’s, trying to fix this mess and fix this Society, that is totally broken under the watch of President Obama. Our Government officials have become so out of touch, they don’t even know what true reality is anymore. Term limits? there should be term limits set, just like the office of the President, so the Career Politician doesn’t get too comfy in the chair of which they sit, of the office we vote them into. The Corruption is so bad and the lies being said everyday are so great, that you can’t tell when they are actually telling the truth. Senator Warren talks of Trump making big money in Real Estate through the 90’s when the market was low, but yet she conveniently doesn’t tell us of her money making in Real Estate through the same time frame.  The Hypocrisy is so bad within our Government, they themselves don’t even realize they are doing it.  To our Politicians it is just a game, to which the loser of the game is always we the hard working People throughout this Country.

There is an old saying, ” don’t step on another man’s shoeshine, well I think they have a shortage of Shoe shine Boys and this Political Correction among us? Lets just say….. it to needs to go, I get the fact we need to help each other prosper, but if we only showed more Empathy and love for one another, which is already within us, then we wouldn’t need this political Correction making us all weak, we wouldn’t be afraid to speak and truly help each other, without the fear of offending someone, then all the lies within the Government will stop, because now they are being held responsible to simply do their jobs they were voted in to do. Political Correction has taken away the art of handling the truth, instead we say nice things to your face, then when you turn around, insert the knife deep within your back.

I am sorry but nobody takes responsibility for their actions anymore and this needs to change so we all can walk our paths of this journey in peace everyday. Stop this walking on egg shells around each other and be totally truthful with each other, so we all can fix our own issues, which will then lead to fixing the issues of this Society, have you ever heard of ” constructive criticism”? this is a way for us all to help each other, but within this Political Correction Society we are in, constructive criticism will never exist and we all will forever…. never be held accountable for our actions, never be able to fix any issue that comes across our path through this journey of life.

 

” Political Correction only has us walking on egg shells around each other, where constructive criticism will have us help each other to be better and stronger moving forward”

‘ This Presidential election this time around is one big joke, time we hold each other accountable for our actions, to fix what we need to fix, instead of bashing each other with Hypocrisy”

” If your against something one day, then why be for it the next”

To look deeply into what you see

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This picture is taken just above 3,000 feet and you can see that you are getting above the tree line, but what is even more spectacular of this picture, is that you can see more clearly of what is around you. This was in the morning and as the sun burns off these clouds, you can even see as far as the eyes can see, you can see more clearly of the mountains around you, as these we are looking at are within the Franconia Notch area. You can’t quite make out the tall peaks like Lafayette or Liberty, only because of the low lying clouds, but once they burn off, the view becomes much more popping to the eyes.

This Notch I would have to say is the most beautiful to the eyes, than all the other Notches throughout the White Mountain Region, especially where I have seen it from multiple angles and on top of multiple mountains throughout the notch and I must say, there is no bad angle, when you really look deeply into what you see.

Within this Society we all live, we totally take for granted of views like this, because we are too busy to look deeply into what we see, some may go to places like this, but do you really look at what you see, or do you just go to these places to say ” Ya… I have been there”. Places like this are totally part of God’s hard work, just so we can visit and really look deeply at what we see, a place to go and totally unwind, from our everyday nose to the grind type of living with our jobs, so we can try to make ends meet, a place to go to think and clear our minds, that gets filled with the everyday crap, a place to go when we are feeling overwhelmed, feelings that we don’t understand because of some of the Life Events that may cross our paths. We all struggle at one point or another along our paths of this journey, it is places like these that when we look deeply into what we see, we can go to think, look at all the true beauty around us, be alone with our thoughts to chat with Jesus and better understand ourselves and our thoughts, clear our minds of all the crap, get back in touch with ourselves, our true feelings and emotions, so we than can move forward better and stronger along our paths of our journey through life.

Views like this will definitely take your breathe away when you look deeply into what you see and when you let yourself feel the true feelings that is within you. in this Society it is looked at as a weakness if you let your feelings show, or even let yourself cry when you need to cry, but if you fully take advantage of places like this, we all can move forward better and stronger throughout Society and as we walk our paths of this journey through life.

 

” Franconia Notch of New Hampshire has a beauty so great, that you need to look deeply into what you see, to see just how great”

” Life above the tree’s is so fragile, you need to experience it, just to see how delicate life truly is”

” God worked hard to create this Planet of Earth, we just have to look deeply into what we see, to truly respect all his hard work”

” This journey through life just isn’t about gathering all the material things and having all the money, just look deeply into what you see to truly see all the true beauty around you”

 

The many faces of Change

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Change is a force that you just can’t avoid, although some may tend to try and act as if there is no such thing as Change, but in order to move forward and be better and stronger along this journey of life, there has to be change, or we would simply wander through this journey, without walking confidently in all we do along our paths.

The many faces of Change with all it’s different expressions, some change is very minimal, as other change will change who you truly are, whether good or bad. One day you can change the way you cut your hair, but on the other hand a change in lifestyle can and will always be the most difficult kind of change. Within this Society most will resist change, simply because they are afraid of the unknown factor it brings to us, we all fear the unknown, but when you move forward slowly and methodically along your path, accept the change that comes, we will find that we should never fear change, as change can help us grow stronger and be better as we walk our paths along this journey through life.

Within this Society we tend to think that we know more than each other, we are better than each other, but seriously we are all very similar to each other, just that because we are so unique to each other, change that is good for one, may not be the right change for another. The unknown part of change we should not fear, we should embrace it, learn from it and our past mistakes, so we then can move forward through change, stronger and better than before.

This picture shows a side of Change that we never look at, on this Bald face of this mountain, there was once a Face that was naturally cut into these rocks, to those that live in New England this face was known as ” The Old Man of the Mountain”. This old Man kind of owned this rock face for many many years, as he was cut into the rock face through erosion, well….. a few short years ago that same erosion has taken him from this rock face. This is Nature’s way of bringing Change to us and from this Change, some because they can’t deal with the change properly, are trying to develop a way to bring the face of the old Man back to the face of the rocks. The Old man came to us to show us the beauty of the rock face, now that he is gone, we need now to get used to the bald face rocks once again and see if erosion will bless us with another figure on the face of the rocks.

True when I travel through Franconia Notch, which was the home of the Old Man of the Mountain throughout my life, I am sorrowed that when I look up he is not there, but at the same time I can embrace the change and see the true beauty on the face of these rocks. True the rocks may look bare now without the Old man, but it is exciting to look deeply on to these rocks every time I go up that way, to see if maybe there is another formation being formed by nature, for us all to relish once again as we travel through Franconia Notch.

Change is a force that affects us all, the many faces of Change may look different to us and make us fear the force of Change, but if we embrace the Change, learn from it and our past mistakes, we then can move forward through Change and be better and stronger, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

 

‘ The Faces of Change are not there to scare us, they only simply are there to guide us to prosperity to be better and stronger”

” The Old Man of the mountains has made us look up for many years, now that he is gone, let’s look up and see the real true beauty of the mountains of Franconia Notch”

” Fear not the unknown part of change, conquer your fear so change can make you better and stronger”

 

Diversity is everywhere….

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Nature is a good way for all of us to get outside, see all the true beauty around us and at the same time, take some time to slow the engine of our bodies and relax in a totally relaxed setting. Camping outdoors in a tent, in the middle of no where where your technological devices will not work, forces you to unwind, look deeply into what you see, so you then can not only see the beauty around you, or be one with Nature, but you can actually breathe in good quality fresh air, so you then can decloud the clouded judgments we all suffer from throughout this Society.

This picture if you look deeply into it, will show you that there is Diversity in all that is around us. The clouds that look so puffy and of all shapes and sizes, are all of the same color, the plant life also of many species and sizes, also have one thing in common…..their color, just as we the Human species that walk the floor of Mother Earth, are also Diverse to each other, we have our own uniqueness, we come in all sizes and color, but yet we all bleed red blood, breathe through a nose etc…. Diversity is part of who we are and a part of all that is around, the issue with that is, most have neglected to get back to nature, look deeply into what we see, so we can see all the true beauty around us, instead we have become lost within the clouds of our judgments and  have totally lost respect for each other and all that is around us.

I get the fact that a Society grows and with that growth, comes more troubles and issues for us to get through, but when we lose sight of who we truly are and what is all around us, we then become a broken Society in need of a major fix. We all walk a path through this journey of life, no matter what path you walk, there will always be the unknown factor around each corner, there will always be some sort of life event that comes to us, whether by our own selves, or by another Individual, none the less these events can and will change who we are if we let them. Life events should be looked at as a test, to see how strong we really are? Some of these events are small and some are big, but either way they can over whelm us if we let them, when they over whelm us is when we lose sight of who we truly are and then, we portray a fake side so others around us can’t see the pain we truly are feeling, we also suppress our true feelings and emotions, to further avoid any and all pain that may come to us, through this suppression some may shut down and simply try to move forward while they avoid further harm? Others will then become so angered, but have no feelings to gauge just how angered they are, so they then lash out toward all that is around them, without any feelings of compassion or empathy. Through compassion and Empathy is not only how we stay true to ourselves, but how we stay true to each other, which helps us all walk our paths through this journey of life, peacefully and with happiness in all we do.

 

” Getting back in touch with nature will help us all get back in touch with who we truly are”

” Compassion and Empathy is within us all, just that through the life events we all have lost sight of true compassion and empathy, leaving us not truly knowing of who we are”

” Diversity is all around us, we just have to look deeply into what we see, to truly see the diversity of all that is around us including ourselves”

” Nature is a quiet force that when we look deeply into, we can hear loudly at what it is saying to us”

 

The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire

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This is one of the most beautiful notches within the White mountain Region, known as Franconia Notch with some of the best hikes for the adventurous types. Lafayette, Liberty, little Haystack, the Flume, just some of the peaks within this Notch and when high above the tree’s and along the ridge of these mountains, the view will take your breathe away. Looking across to the other mountain which would be to my right as I took this picture, is Cannon mountain, lively with skiing in the winter and mostly known for the old Man of the mountain throughout my lifetime, til a few short years ago and erosion has brought him to his demise,   one of the most viewed landmarks throughout all of New England, he brought many lookers to this beautiful Notch. Now unless you are a Hiker and are hiking this beautiful Notch, the traffic just drives by without really looking deeply into what they see.

Just to the right of center in this picture within this large rock face you see, just below the top, there is a huge rock, visible to those who walk along the ridge above the tree’s, this rock is hanging almost like by a thread and it has been like this as long as I can remember, well……. if this rock someday falls as the face of the Old man of the mountain did, it would go down it’s peak, across the road below and up Cannon mountain and whatever is in its way, it will simply run it over as it is that big.  Hiking through this Notch and accomplishing each Summit, there is no better feeling in the World, especially hiking up mount Lafayette, i can remember about five false summits, every time I thought the summit was in sight and when I got to that location, there was another to reach, but even through all that the view from the summit was better than the word of ” awesome”, if you reached the summit and it was a beautiful sunny day with blue clear skies, you can see as far as your eyes will let you. There is another one of those AMC huts for the weary Hiker to rest and get a good meal, this is the Green leaf hut and when you get there, get settled in and go outside to sit on a rock, look at the scene before you, there is no better way to unwind from a days hike, let alone to clear your mind from being weary, to totally relaxed before you know it, again this hut is above the line of tree’s and you can see clearly in all directions, or whatever window you may look out from inside the hut.

Hiking is a good way to clear your mind, from the everyday crap that fills it, from wherever you may live. It is also good exercise that will keep you fit if you do a lot more than one hike a year? Hiking and meditation go hand in hand, as the hike to the summit may be strenuous and weary, but when you reach the summit, now it is time to relax and clear the mind, as meditation will do. When you sit on top of any summit, you gaze deeply into the horizon, while you breathe in and breathe out properly, which then relaxes all your muscles within your body, then you feel a sense of calm over whelm your body, this calmness helps fix yourself from whatever that is troubling you, it makes these troubles seem like they are melting away, then as we start the journey back down the mountain and back to the real World below, it is our memory of this sense of calmness, that helps us keep fixing ourselves from all our troubles, as we then get back to walking our paths of this journey through life, with the rest of Mankind around us.

 

” Franconis Notch to some may be a road surrounded by mountains, but to others it is a sanctuary away from reality to unwind and relax, while we get mesmerized by its beauty”

” Old Man of the Mountain was a popular man for a long time, but like anything else change comes even when you least expect it”

” Once you go to the White mountains  for the first time, you keep going back to truly look deeply into what you see”

” When you look deeply into what you see, you then see truly of all the beauty that is around you”

 

The Grand Mount Washington Hotel

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The Mount Washington hotel has a deep history to it and as long as it has been there, I am sure a few good haunting stories to go along with it. Every time I go by this Hotel I am inclined to stop and take in the beauty all around it, the mountain range in the back drop of the hotel I have hike many times, the range is known as the Presidential Range. Just to the left of the Hotel and socked within the clouds is Mount Washington, at an elevation of 6,288 feet, it is the tallest peak Northeast of the Mississippi River, a mountain I have hiked many times, been up the auto road a couple times, but have never been up the Cog Railway, as…okay…… Maybe a bit nervous to travel up a mountain, that I have no control of how it gets to the top and back to the bottom of the peak, but I would rather hike the mountain, so I can take in all the true beauty that is around me. When hiking to the top of this mountain on this side, you go past one of the many Huts that are spaced out within a days hike of each other, this hut you pass is known as the Lake of the clouds hut, yes there are two small lakes there, one used strictly for drinking and the other for jumping in to cool off after a long days hike. This hut is wide open with no tree’s around, making for an adventure in itself, when there is a passing thunder storm that has decided to take the same path as you along the trail. I can also say truthfully that I have hiked part of the Appalachian trail and this Presidential range is part of that trail as well, but hopefully one day I will be able to hike the entire Appalachian trail and be part of the history of that trail, like so many have tried and only a few actually have hiked the entire trail.

The other reason why I stop to look at this Hotel and the beautiful backdrop behind it is, it reminds me of the famous Stephen King and his book ” the Shining”, the only difference is the Hotel in the book is surrounded by the awesome Colorado Rockies, of which those mountains are much bigger, making the hiking adventure more rigorous, harder on the feet, but yet more spectacular on the eyes. Both Hotels are Grand in their own way and I am sure each has their stories that either differ or are similar to each other,   but unlike the Hotel in the book, the Mount Washington Hotel stays open in the winter, which brings a whole different clientele within the walls of the Hotel. The Hotel in the book closes for the winter, as it’s private setting  makes it difficult to get to, in a harsh winter storm. Which is why there is a caretaker that stays there alone through the winter months and towards the end of their time there, the quietness and the “magic” of the Hotel, starts to play with the mind of the caretaker, making for a creepy read, or a movie if you have seen the movie instead? Just like the Hotel in the “shining”, I am sure the Mountain Washington has it’s own story to tell, just that it hasn’t spoken like the Hotel in the book.

I can remember hiking the Presidential range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire as a young kid and staying in the huts up above tree line, these huts had their crews that worked up there feeding and taking care of the weary Hiker, at night before we would turn in for the night, these crew members would embark in some Ghost stories for us, they would use other huts or trails we have yet to embark on, as the basis of their stories, now whether these stories were actually true or made up well…… that was up to the ones that were listening and hanging on their every word. Now some of these stories actually were told so well, it was very hard to not believe, but then again with so many Hiker’s that have perished along these trails, maybe there actually were some Ghosts still walking these trails, to try to finish what they set out to do? Hiking these trails is so quiet and peaceful, it can play with your mind and have you hear things that is not really there, only because it is so quiet with a feeling of loneliness, I can only imagine if I were to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, from Springer mountain Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Maine and with the quietness and the peacefulness that will surround you along the way, just how much will my own mind want to play tricks on me as well? But with that said, it is still a trail for which I would love to walk, as the ones that have started and finished this trail, it has changed them for the better, with a big feeling of accomplishment, that will never leave them, nor will anyone ever take it from them as well.

The Mount Washington Hotel nestled within the mountains and the clouds of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a Hotel full of grandeur and spaciousness, that also has it’s own story to tell and we simply have to listen, so we can understand better of the beauty within and around it. Don’t just stay at the Hotel, just to say you have stayed there, really breathe in the atmosphere around you, look deeply into what you see, explore all that is around you and really listen to what the Hotel tells you, as old as it is, i am sure there are some squeakiness  to it and through the squeakiness, could be the Ghost of the Hotel, trying to tell you the true story of where you are staying, who knows the bed that you are sleeping on, or the room you are staying in, could of been used by one of our Fore Fathers, that had a hand in building this great country of America? Which would make the voice or voices you hear very informative with a history lesson, of the Grandest Hotel that you may ever stay within.

 

” everything around us has its own story to tell us, all we have to do is take the time to listen and not only enjoy, but pay attention with our hearts and souls”

” The mount Washington hotel is a very old hotel full of history with spectacular views, to stay here is more than just sleeping in a bed”

” The White Mountains of New Hampshire are great to look at from all angles, but to hike within them, now you can actually feel the heart beat of each mountain”