To look deeply into what you see, with the right focus

Unfortunately within this society we do not focus on the right things, to truly see the reality of what is around us. “If life was like a deck of cards, we all today are clearly lost within the shuffle of the deck”. Take this picture for instance, most would just float on by without seeing the coolness or the, intrigue part of what we see. There is so much we can learn and see when we get out and explore within nature, the problem we all have is, we are all lost within the shuffle, that we clearly can not see what is around us, which has us all missing the important parts, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

Look no further than the Individuals for who we vote into office, that are suppose to come together to lead us, to make all our lives better, as these Individuals are clearly lost within the shuffle of the cards of life, which has them in the wrong section of this journey and most dangerous, the section of denial which they clearly can not see any true reality that is around them. If we all just take a step back, look deeper into what we see, then we can stop the shuffle of the deck, get back to true reality and truly see all that is around us, as we then see all the true beauty as well.

This picture is so cool on so many levels, as you look at what is in front of you, you can see all that is within nature, from the erosions, to the new life. The tree may look as if it is growing out of the rock? But when you look deeper, you clearly can see that, through the erosion of the river at it’s highest point, has the roots of the tree becoming exposed to the light of day. Everything in life is subject to erosion over time, even we as Humans erode over time, as when we reach our Golden years, not only does our bodies change, but our minds erode as we call this ” Alzheimer’s, but our pride has us not excepting as we should. With all that is eroding in nature, there is even more new life that comes in, which is also known as the ” cycle of life”. The Cycle of life is a big part of the journey we all walk, just that we take too much for granted everything within the journey, we clearly do not see the cycle. Those within the walls of Washington DC talk so much on global warming or climate change, that they have forgotten, a big part of what is within the life cycle, true we the people with our bad habits and decisions, can and will be a part of the life cycle, but the cycle of life is something that is going to happen no matter what, this is just a part of this journey through life that we need to understand better, so we all can walk our paths of this journey, better and stronger moving forward, without being lost within the shuffle of the deck.

Getting lost within the shuffle of the deck is, kind of like being lost within a big city and never going outside of the city. You protect yourself from what is around you in the city, that you then don’t look at the bigger picture around you, you don’t get out and explore anything that is outside of your comfort zone, which then has you not truly seeing any true reality that is around you. This is kind of like being in denial, which has you making up your own reality, instead of living within true reality, yes there is that element of danger when we get out and explore within nature, it takes us away from our comfort zone, but if we never get out and explore, we will never truly understand what is around us, nor will we ever truly understand the true reality of this journey through life, as we walk our paths within our comfort zones, protecting us from what is around us and losing touch with the ” cycles of life”.

” To look deeper into what is around you, you first have to refocus and get out and explore new things”

” This journey of life is like a deck of cards, which we all get lost within the shuffle”

” Denial keeps us in our comfort zone, which then has us making up our own reality”

” The life cycle of this journey through life is something we all need to understand better, to move forward better and stronger”

The Hatred runs so deep within this Society

My little buddy with his message for us all, totally needs to come back to remind us all, that we are not about this hatred that is around us, just that we have let it consume us so much, that we have lost total sight of who we truly are.

This Smollett case and the way it is being swept under the rug, is totally setting the wrong example for us all moving forward. It is not about having enough money so you can buy your way out of anything, what you need to do beyond having empathy and compassion is, look deeper into what you see beyond your actions, then maybe you shall see that you are not only hurting yourself, but you are hurting all that are around you, with the actions you take. We all want to make our lives through this journey better with each step, but when our steps are on the top of others steps, now you are invading another ones steps and bringing harm to them, as you move forward like nothing at all.

Hatred right now is controlling us all through this journey, it is controlling us so much, it has us all taking action without thinking through the ramifications of our actions, it has us all being blinded by the clouds of our judgments, which now we are all in the deep darkness of this hate, without seeing any light in front of us along our paths.

With this Smollett case, the facts clearly point out he had an agenda, with this agenda he wanted to further spread the hate of anybody wearing a M. A. G. A. hat, by having these two brothers beat him for wearing a M. A. G. A. hat, to simply try to cram his agenda, right down the throats of each one of us, without having a care for anybody around him. He says he was unhappy with the $60,000+ dollars he was getting per episode, on the show he was on? What about the millions of others that are scraping by on what they make and that’s with most working two and three jobs. Sometimes in life as we walk our paths through this journey, it is not about who you know and expect them to help you out of a jam that you created, you need to get yourself out of the jam you created, so you than can fix what you need to fix, to move forward better and stronger throughout this journey of life.

We all have our struggles, nobody is perfect either, we all go through so much and with others bringing to us things we don’t ask for, makes for much pain and hurt coming to us as well, we then take that pain and bury it deep within ourselves to try to escape the hurt it brings, which we then become someone for who we truly are not. When we become someone we are not, we then get consumed by all the hate that is around us and further the hate, instead of trying to be better than that, by letting the hate pass, without it hurting us and turning us bitter to all that is around us. It doesn’t pay to let the hate consume us, as not only do we bring much pain and hurt to ourselves, we bring much pain and hurt to each other, which does nothing but turn this into a divided society, then keeps us from walking our paths of this journey, in the peace and happiness we all so deserve.

” There is something fishy in the city of Chicago, I think they need to bury the fish to stop the stink, for us all to see the freshness of this journey”

” Nothing good ever comes out of hatred, we need to learn the error of our ways, to move forward better and stronger”

” We the people are our own worst enemy, from us comes the hatred and from us we can bring the peace as well”

” When something is swept under the rug, it is only hidden for a short time, then when it rears its ugly head it can be even worse if we only took care of it sooner”

True Wilderness Camping

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” Camping to us now was a way of life for so many, for so long”.

 

A camping site like this one has its own uniqueness about it in the way that, you need a boat to get to it with all your camping equipment aboard. Once you get out there and set up, this site will help you appreciate what was once a life style for so many, for so long.

Within this Society today we totally have forgotten just what true wilderness camping is, it is a form of camping known as, Primitive camping. Which there is nothing out there except what you bring and how you take the time to enjoy everything that is around you. Primitive camping isn’t for everybody, as most are so used to their flushing toilets, that they don’t want to go without them.   Then there is the building of the campfire for cooking your meals and to keep the chill of the night air away from you. Tents…… is a big part of the equipment as without it, now you are sleeping outside under the stars, which ain’t a bad thing, but it will also have you sleeping with all the night time species that crawl the Earth floor, or maybe a Bear or two that may invade your site?

When camping in spots such as this that is off the beaten path and difficult for most to get to, it will bring you all the peace and serenity you want, it will also if you let it? Help you clear the fog from your judgments, so you can get back to being truly of who you are. When camping deep within the Wilderness, it will help you become confident in yourself, as everything you do you have to work for it, like gathering wood for the fire, so you can cook and keep the night time chill in the air away, but once camp is set and the wood gathered for the cozy campfire, now is the time to totally unwind, lift the weights off the shoulders that you carry around in the everyday life, so you can totally relax and get back to the true person that you have always been, except that the daily grind of normal life, has taken from you and hidden it deep within your sole.

Within this Society we have wandered away from truly being who we are, we have hidden deep within our soles our true selves and replaced it with a fake self, just to compete and live among one another. We try to be someone we are not, simply because we want to put ourselves above all those around us, when someone has become successful we then try to be as successful as them, but really what truly is success? Success isn’t defined by the big house, the fancy car, or even the amount of money you have, success is different for each one of us, as for each of us to be truly successful, only means moving forward on our paths of this journey through life, within happiness, while being confident in all we do, so we can all find the peace and serenity within this journey we all deserve.

We also within this Society have lost within ourselves our true love and empathy, of not just ourselves but of each other as well. This true love and empathy is within us all, just that we have buried it deep within, to protect ourselves from all the crap and hurt, that brings us great pain, then while we bury the love and empathy and try to move forward with no pain, we then get so accustomed to it, that we forget and bury it even further within us. this is what true Primitive camping can do for us all, it can get us back in touch with our inner selves, feel the love and empathy deep within us, so we can get back to who we truly are. Yes you have to work for your survival out there, but this kind of work brings you great rewards, that will make you better and stronger as you walk your path through this journey of life.

 

” Primitive camping is a type of camping that you work during your stay within Nature, but it will always give you big rewards as well”

” Being true to who you are is surrounded by our true love and empathy, which leaves no room for the pain and the hurt of any hatred that we may find”

” a camp site in the middle of no where has its own uniqueness to it, which will have us all change to be better and stronger moving forward”

” Some may not try the Primitive type of camping, simply because they lack the confidence and are afraid to find their true selves”

 

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”

 

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”

 

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”

 

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”