The Majestic………The Grand

                Every time I look at this hotel, I think about Stephen King’s the shining, a glamorous but yet old hotel rich in history. This hotel has been around as long as I can remember. The only thing though, I have never stayed at this hotel, when I wander up that way, I am usually staying at one of the mountain huts, or within a tent set up at my base camp, for a good nights rest by night and a good hike throughout the daylight hours.  I am sure this hotel, known as the Mount Washington hotel, has it’s own stories to tell, just like the hotel in the movie the shining, plus they both have something in common and that is, they both are surrounded by beautiful mountains and fresh air.                    When I was younger and hiking through these great mountains by day and staying within the huts on the mountains by night, the crew at these huts would embark in an after dinner story telling time and usually these stories were of the Ghost story kind, now whether these stories were fact or fiction? is totally up to the ones listening. With as old as the Mount Washington is, I am sure it to has it’s own Ghost stories to tell. Maybe one day I will stay at this hotel and totally take in the full ambiance of the hotel, including listening to the hotel itself and what it has to say, including all the old structures with it’s crackling and squeal of the hinges, when you open and close the door, but maybe the maintenance man has been busy with the grease, greasing up the old parts of the hotel?                       These mountains in the back drop of this grand hotel are part of the Presidential range, within the white mountains of New Hampshire, with all the mountains on the range being named after past Presidents and yes of course, Mount Washington is the tallest at 6,288 feet right behind the grandest of hotels in the area. The white mountains are like a second home to me, as I have hiked quite a few of them, I am also very close to being able to say I have hiked all the mountains in New Hampshire over 4,000 feet, with only five peaks left. True…………..yes I am getting older, but this beauty within these mountains, is what keeps me young and what keeps me healthy everyday. Now that don’t mean I don’t have aches and pains, especially with all the miles I have acquired on my feet, but it is good aches and pain, as I totally enjoy being outside and one with Mother Nature.                         I have also lived in Colorado for a few years and yes it is an awesome place to live, while you also explore the back country of the state. I would either take trips in my 4×4  up some quite steep and rural mountain passes, or I would set base camp and take on some great hiking as well, where I have been at the highest of my lifetime so far at 14,500 feet, up a mountain named, mount Albert. Totally different than the White mountains, each has their own beauty, as they to, like we Humans are very unique to each other. You can not compare one to another, as they both are very special places to me and within my heart forever, which no one can take that from me. We all have our own special places that we hold dear, these places may mean nothing to others, but to us………..ourselves, they mean the world us and no one can take these places from us. Plus as we walk our paths through this journey of life and with all the ups and downs of the journey, we can in our minds go back to these places, to truly have some solitude within ourselves, as we take the pitfalls of the journey and turn them into big success, to keep moving forward better and stronger, throughout the rest of our journey through life.  ” Having solitude for us is important, as it helps us heal within to be better and stronger moving forward”  ” Get out and explore, who knows you just may connect with your inner self and discover great solitude and happiness”  ” Ghost stories fact or fiction, you be the judge of what you truly believe”  ” Feeling of accomplishment will help you move forward better and stronger always” 
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The view from the Summit

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Hiking up a mountain is more than just going out for a jaunt, or some exercise, you don’t see a mountain and climb it just because it is there, you hike a mountain to look deeply in what you see, you hike a mountain to reach the summit of the mountain, so you can look out deeply into the horizon and truly see all the beauty all around you, while you sit and enjoy the peace and the serenity from all the true beauty.

Hiking up a mountain is a whole lot more than exercise, it is therapy for the soul. Sometimes you start out on a hike with some extra baggage, then just the pack on your back,  that extra baggage comes from the society for which we live. After a while our judgments get clouded, we become bothered by every little thing, our minds get filled with negativity and the positivity then disappears from the limelight. When you are hiking it is you, the trail and Mother nature which gives you a chance to escape and actually think of, what your next move will be. In this day of Social Media, some may hike just to brag on their social platforms, or maybe brag to others that they reached the summit of a certain mountain, they are not using what real hiking does for your soul properly, as when they come back from the summit, they feel even more clouded after, than before they even started the hike.

True hiking is the enjoyment of the hike, being on a trail and seeing things you normally would never see in your everyday life. The journey of climbing up a trail, to be as high as you can be, above the line of the tree tops, looking out into the horizon and really looking deeply into what you see, being one with yourself and Mother Nature, while you clear the clouds of your judgments, to think more clearly and to let the big weight of a society, melt away into the deep blue horizon. To hike properly along a trail and to the summit of a mountain, is to unwind, so you than can be truly of who you are and not the person that Society thinks you are, yes hiking is a free kind of therapy, that soothes your heart and soul, so you can move forward along your path of this journey through life, in peace and happiness always.

Hiking will bring change to you as you walk the trail of the mountain, whether it’s in the form of your surroundings, or it’s within you yourself with your attitude at the start of the hike, because at the beginning of the hike, you are filled with hatred and ugliness from a broken society, you are filled with negativity from the ugly society, then as you hike further, you can actually feel the negativity and the hatred, melt away and leave your body, making you feel much lighter as you move forward along the trail. The change that happens along the trail is within you and on the trail of the mountain, it not only helps you see the beauty in all that is around you, it helps beautify the soul deep within you, leaving you with good thoughts, more positivity than negativity and helps you stay true to who you are, without hiding in the plain sight of a society, because you are being someone you truly are not. Some of the trails you hike can be a lot of work, but when you hike properly up the mountain, it doesn’t feel like work, as you enjoy the hike and all the true beauty all around you, then when you reach the summit, you actually feel the peace and serenity deep within your heart and soul.

 

” Reaching the summit of any mountain is more than just bragging  on your social platform, it is therapy for the soul and us being of who we truly are”

” Check your negative baggage in the car as there is no room on the trail of the mountain you are hiking”

” Hiking is full of change all around you, even within you as you hike along the trail”

” To move forward along the hike, helps you move forward in society within the peace and joy around you”

” Sometimes we get so cluttered with the negative thoughts around us, that we then need a good hike within nature, to unclog ourselves from a broken society”

 

 

 

The Mountains are calling……….

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To those who have never trekked upon any mountain, let alone mountains that stand tall before them. When climbing any mountain you first have to be prepared for any weather changes that mat occur, then there is the terrain whether rocky, muddy, degree of steepness, or fallen trees in your way, you need a good pair of hiking boots, as they will provide support, as well as give a good grip for all the different terrain you may encounter. Hiking up mountains like in this picture, isn’t just slapping on a pair of sneakers and running up a trail, you first have to study the trail on a map so you don’t get lost along the trail, what would happen if the markers of the trail are not there, as they may have been knocked down during a storm or for whatever reason? You need an idea of how to navigate on the trail and a compass in the pack is a good tool for all Hikers.

We may hike any mountain simply because it is there? But for some we hike that mountain, to look deeply into what we see. Mountains have a way about them, that changes us as we trek to their summits. We start along the trail with one mind set or attitude about us, but as the trail dictates to us, we then change our demeanor, change the way we think of the mountain, look deeply into what we see, so we than can see all the true beauty of the mountain. There are no two mountains alike, each mountain is unique just as we are unique to each other and each mountain has a tale to tell, we just have to look deeply into what we see and not just climb the mountain because it is there.

The tale of the mountain begins at the beginning of the trail, with the different plant life, the different animals you may encounter, as they call the mountain their home, then along the trail and as it to changes from under our feet with the degree of steepness or maybe the width, with a good drop right next too us. plus as we get closer to the summit, now everything still changes, especially how all the trees are getting smaller as we climb. The vegetation OH!!! so delicate, becomes very different and if you step off the trail and kill, the vegetation it now dies and takes hundreds of years to grow back. Now as you reach the final push to the summit, you find the rest of the trek all rock with the trees as big as a small plant, you are now above tree line, leaving you susceptible to all the weather that the mountain endures, not too mention, you are out in the wide open with no cover to seek.  The mountain has many tales as you trek up it’s trails, with your feet feeling the heartbeat of the mountain with each step. In some ways the journey to the summit of the mountain, is similar to the journey of life, you walk a trail within both, you endure many changes along the trails, when you don’t respect the trail like life, now you have some crap to get through, but when you walk the trail in life the right way, it will reward you greatly, just like the reaching the summit of the mountain, with the great views, that wait for you to enjoy the peace and happiness, of a trail well blazed.

 

” The mountain is calling, you simply just look deeply into what you see, to truly understand what the mountain is telling”

” Hiking up a mountain is more than just physical exercise, it is true exercise for the mind, body and soul as well”

” Mountains will have an effect on all who trek them, that’s why there are many changes along the trail of the mountain”

” There are many rewards that come to us along this journey of life, but the reward of reaching the summit of any mountain, will take your breathe away with it’s beauty”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do they call it the Loon???

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This bird known as the Loon, is also known as the Maine state bird. Not sure how it received the name of Loon ( have to research this), but the sound it makes is so soothing, as you sit lake side and relax watching the sunset  to the sound of the Loon.  The Loon is a quiet bird that goes about it’s business very quietly, it doesn’t bother anyone as it swims around the lake with no worries in the World. As good as the Loon swims above the water, it swims very well below also, you see him in this picture here and as you take the shot, he will duck under water and swim to the other side of the lake, like a fish beneath the water. The Loon and the Eagle as well as a few Herring, are what I saw most of as I camped for a week in northern Maine, mixed in with a Moose one morning at 4:00 am. I was woken one morning by some splashing outside my tent, but as I slowly opened the door, as to not alarm what was out there, I saw a Moose splashing water on himself/herself, wish I could of taken a picture, but didn’t want to startle the Moose with the flash, as it wasn’t light enough to take the shot without it. We all need to take a break every once in a while in a place where peace and serenity are everywhere, We all want to go to the exotic places where there are way to many others with the same idea, to me this is no way to totally relax, this could also be a big reason why there is way too much ugliness in our Society today? When most go south for the beaches and heat, I go north for cool and the mountains and around these mountains is where you find the peace and serenity, front and center all around you.

Like I said the Loon is a quiet bird that goes about his/her business and doesn’t bother anything around it, so why then the name of the Loon? I can think of a few of the species of the Humans that should have the name the Loon, simply because some are just a Lunatic, that will harm and hurt you, without thinking twice about it. We should all be like the Loon and enjoy everything that is around us, without trying to hurt others, in order to try to control everything around you.We all at one time or another have been a Victim, or we have Victimized someone else? It could be something simple like giving the finger as someone cut in front of you on the road, or maybe you got angry and punched someone in the face breaking their nose, or maybe even mentally like, not acknowledging someone, that just wants to be a friend? Either way you have been a creator of a Victim, or maybe you have been the Victim of this similar behavior?   Until we all treat each other with respect and dignity, this ugliness will never go away, we are the real Loons or lunatics here as we walk our paths of this journey through life, because the Maine state bird known as the Loon, is a peaceful bird that soothes you with it’s sounds as the sunsets on the lake.

This picture is so peaceful on so many levels, the calm water of the lake making the travel of the Loon easy across it’s journey, then the Loon just swimming along as peaceful as can be and unless you were looking out into the lake, you would never of saw him. This is what peace and serenity is all about, this is how to totally relax and wipe your mind clear of all the negative thoughts. As you sit in your chair lakeside and watch the sunset, listening to the soothing sound of the Loon, Then clearing your mind of all the ugliness, this is how to totally relax and as you relax, with all the pressures of everyday escaping your body, you will fall quickly asleep, leaving you with real sleep and not just closing your eyes, so you can function at work the next day. This could be the answer to all of us in this Society and for the why of, how this ugliness has engulfed us all. We simply don’t take the time to truly relax and to truly get the rest we need, in order to function properly, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

 

” why call this beautiful bird the Loon, when it is nothing but peaceful and bothers nothing along its journey”

” To totally relax is something we all need to learn and take the time to truly do”

” Negativity breeds this ugliness around us, time we all do our part and let the negative thoughts go once and for all”

” Instead of the name of the Maine state bird being the Loon, maybe something more peaceful would of been more appropriate”

 

The Perfect slice……..

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The perfect camp site where the only way to get to it is, drive a boat there loaded with your camping gear. I can’t say where it is, only because I don’t want to give away this hidden gem. You want peace and serenity? you will have plenty of it here, great place to unwind from the daily grind we all go through on our paths of our journey through life. Just sit and relax, while you breathe in the air which is the cleanest air you will ever breathe anywhere. The beauty of the Pines around you, while you set your tent on the carpet of the pine needles so soft that you will fall asleep as soon as you lay down. Set up your kitchen and dining area by the campfire at the waters edge, then enjoy breakfast with the sunrise and dinner by the sunset, it really doesn’t get any better than this. During the day go for walks and truly explore what is around you and have fun learning as you go. This is a campsite that truly is more beautiful than you can ever imagine, i have camped in a lot of places, even at 13,000 feet on a mountain in the Colorado Rockies, but this site? Now your talking a beauty of it’s own.

The Pine tree in the middle looked like it was just struck by lightening, judged by the freshness of the tree and the way it split down toward the bottom of the trunk,    thank God I wasn’t around when the lightening struck, but when your camping deep within the woods around a lake as this, it is wise advice to always keep an eye to the sky and always be prepared for anything, including the presence of a Bear or two? True Camper’s who like the real primitive type of camping, aren’t wavered by these kind of threats, but they are well prepared for whatever situation that may cross their paths. For some their idea of camping is backing the trailer into a site and plugging into the electric and connecting the water hose for a flushing toilet? To me that is not camping, that is parking with all the comforts of home, true camping is to get out of your comfort zone and explore all that is around you, where you make your own enjoyment or simply just relax and clear your mind of all the crap within it, from the daily grind of this journey of life.

Camping is a sort of therapy, where it soothes your sole, clears the mind, so you can get back to truly being yourself, which is why the location of the site is the, or should be the number one priority. These big Public KOA campsites are okay, but your not going to get the same peace and serenity, like the campsite in the picture, the bigger campsites have daily activities laid out for you, but the whole idea behind real primitive camping is too escape the chains of our everyday life and be free, to explore, forget what time it is and just go with the flow, then learn to see the location of the sun in the sky and determine what time of day it is. We all walk a path through this journey of life and camping is a way to, clear our heads of all the crap in our daily lives, soothe the soul to truly relax, recharge our batteries, so we can get back to being who we truly are, instead of this fake portrayal of ourselves and pretending to be someone we are not.

 

” Camping isn’t just a way to relax or clear your head, it was a way of life at the beginning of Mankind”

” The Native Indians would camp everyday as they slept in their Tee Pee’s every night and made a camp fire for their Tribal rituals”

” The beauty of camping is to enjoy all there is around you”

” Camping for some is to back up the trailer and plug in the cord for their television and appliances, true camping is to unwind and get away from all the distractions”

 

The Real true Beauty that is around us

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This is a mountain range in Franconia Notch, within the state of New Hampshire, One of the most beautiful of Notches that New Hampshire has. Once you reach the summit of any of these mountains, then walk across the ridge between each mountain, really there are no words, just quite simply……… it will take your breathe away with the beauty, especially on a beautiful sunny day with no clouds. For those yet to embark on any kind of real hiking and not a simple nature walk in the woods…….. what are you waiting for? True the journey to the summit may be a bit physical, it may take some work to walk the trails to the top, but the end result will leave you in awe for the rest of your life, not too mention, actually seeing all the true beauty of God’s Country, the way he envisioned us to seeing it.

Within this Society we all live, we don’t take enough time to enjoy all that is around us and I don’t mean, watching all the ugliness that surrounds us, or maybe keeping an eye on someone walking down the street, then wondering if they will try to break into your home? To truly enjoy all that is around, go to places that you normally would never go, go trekking on some trails that actually give you a workout and takes some work to walk, go camping in places that don’t offer you a swimming pool or nightly events for campers in the recreation hall,  go camping in places that are deep within the woods and your devices won’t work or even get a signal, that is the problem in this Society, people are afraid to go away from being plugged in to any device. There is a lot more to this journey of life then we even think about in our daily lives, we get so caught up in the crap, we then forget about the real world out there among us. I get the fact that we all suffer some life events at one time or another but what we forget is, instead of suppressing the crap deep within ourselves, fix what needs to be fixed, so we can continue walking our paths with confidence and strength. When we are strong and confident, our self Esteem then flourishes which helps us achieve all that we set out to do, when we suppress we then become someone we are truly not, which then leaves us within the world of self doubt, which is a place that has zero beauty to it at all. We all need an intervention in this Society, we all need to fix what the true problems are, so we than can continue to walk our paths of this journey through life, with strength and confidence, to be better and be at peace within ourselves and what is around us.

There is a lot more to all our paths of this journey through life, all we have to do is go out and explore, do things that take us out of our normality, change is good and when done correctly, change can be great for us all as we walk our paths of this journey. Go hiking up a mountain that offers you a challenge and that in return, will have your breathe taken away by the sure beauty that is around you. True you may become addicted to this beauty, but I would rather this addiction, then any evil addiction, like drugs… alcohol etc….. If hiking is not for you, then take to some real camping, like being one with nature and camping so deep in the woods, that your alone with your thoughts to unwind and clear your head of all the cob webs, that this Society en-plants within you. Real Primitive camping is how our true Ancestor’s lived, these are the true Warriors of Mankind and us today are totally weak compared to them. We have become so lazy with all this technology at our finger tips, that we have totally forgotten how to truly live anymore. We have become so dependent on being plugged in,  that we have forgotten how to unplug and enjoy all the true beauty around us. We have become so crazy within this Society, that we complain about everything around us, instead of really doing something about it, when we complain of everything we will never truly see the beauty around us, which will then have us become bitter of everything including becoming bitter of ourselves, which then lets self doubt enter into our lives as we walk our paths of this journey through life.

There is a lot more to life and walking our paths then being plugged in all the time, get out and enjoy all that is around you, simply by doing things out of the ordinary and taking you out of your normal life. Go out and explore in places that you would normally never venture, go trekking through the woods and see what kind of true beauty awaits you? Unplug from your daily routine and get plugged into a whole new world to you, a world that has no electricity and if you walk far enough, you just might find the true you, the you that has become lost within this ugly Society of today. We as Humans are very unique to each other, but when we keep attacking one another, only shows just how dumb we have become within this Society and the fact that we all need a major intervention, as we walk our paths of this journey through life.

 

” The true beauty awaits you, all you need to do is unplug and explore what is around you”

” Hiking and camping to some is too much work, but it is work that will give you the biggest rewards”

” Unplug from your devices and get outdoors and plug into the true beauty of life and truly find the real you hidden inside”

” Change is scary, change can be difficult, but when done correctly, change can be the greatest thing we will do”

 

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”

 

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”

 

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”