Just when you think the world needs some cheer – it’s literally my birthday and Mountain Day all rolled into one! Here’s a snap from my latest peak, Mt Pierce. My run this morning (a birthday tradition) wasn’t quite as scenic but it did have beautiful fall morning sun filtered through golden trees. A reminder … Continue reading Happy Mountain Day!
It’s that most glorious day of the fall – the day when the bells peal across the campus green, announcing the cancellation of all classes and obligations in favor of sleeping in and hiking and ice cream. The glory of Mountain Day doesn’t end when you graduate from Mount Holyoke – it carries with you … Continue reading Happy Mountain Day!
Today is the cheeriest of fall days, the most unexpected gift from the MHC gods (aka Lynn Pasquerella and the weather forecasters) – it’s Mountain Day! Facebook alerts substituted for pealing chapel bells this morning to let me and my fellow Mount Holyoke College ladies know that this informal holiday is upon us – and … Continue reading Happy Mountain Day!
Today is my favorite holiday – Mountain Day. At my alma mater of Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts, Mountain Day starts on a random weekday morning in the fall when the bells in the clock tower ring incessantly. This deafening toll means that you are excused from classes, meetings, and responsibilities for the entire … Continue reading It’s Mountain Day!
There’s no such thing as too cold or too late in October for Mountain Day – here’s hoping your day included lots of good friends and ice cream!
After months of dreaming and scheming, plotting trails and taking hiking classes, new backpacks and trial snacks and sweaty climbs on the stairmaster at the gym, tomorrow we head out for the real deal: Mount Washington. We’re heading to the Whites and crossing our fingers that it stays nice for hike day, Friday. I’ve never … Continue reading The mountain awaits
IT’S MOUNTAIN DAY! (and I totally called it!) The best of all holidays – that one random, crisp fall day where obligations are canceled, tests are delayed, picnics are packed, and ice cream is consumed at the top of Mount Holyoke. And to make it extra special this year, the government is joining in the shutdown … Continue reading Climb every mountain
Ahoy from the other side of the pond! I made it here all in one (sleepy) piece, including all my luggage. My flights were easy and somewhat boring – Icelandair is not a fan of free things and hence only had paid food both times, though I was riding for more than 8 hours. (A … Continue reading Cheers from London!
I’m a big fan of traditions, the cheesier the better. Whether it’s weekly ice cream dates or watching the same silly movies every fall (Hocus Pocus anyone?) or the way we open our presents one at a time at Christmas, I love it. Somehow, I managed to find a college that was as nuts about … Continue reading Tradition, Tradition
If you missed part 1, you can check it out here! Now the hard work began. The 1.4 miles between Lakes of the Clouds and the summit were the roughest miles I’ve hiked yet. The trail was basically built before switchbacks, so it’s straight up, stepping from rock to rock to rock to rock to… … Continue reading The summit and descent (Mount Washington part 2)