This is the same pond that I am photographed on while skating in
the Winter series.
These are the luncheon rocks. These rocks are on the two lower sides of the bowl. People sit here rest, eat, drink, etc.. Everyone watches the activities in the bowl. Good performances and falls are applauded by all.
Many non-skiing goof balls bring sleds and rubber tubes. As they climb up
the bowl the crowd encourages them to go higher by yelling "higher, higher".
The fools encouraged by the crowd usually go until fear overcomes
peer pressure. Often this is much higher than they rationally should go.
As they start their descent they quickly build speed. They will usually
start to bounce a bit and then at very high speed hit a bump, go flying
in the air and become seperated from their "descending device".
They then will continue to fall and tumble to the bottom of the bowl.
If the fall is spectacular
the crowd will wildly applaud. Rarely do these sleders get hurt.
If they do it's usually just a broken arm.
It wouldn't be spring without a trip to Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington. On a good day it takes about 2 hours of hiking to get to the bottom of the bowl where the skiing begins. The runs are very, very steep. The weather is unpredictable and the trip is always an adventure. The crowd is a little nuts and thrives on daredevil skiers jumping cliffs and dramatic falls (as long as the person doesn't get hurt).
The little dots that look like ants on the very top and middle of the snow
are skiers. The big brown patches in the snow
are rock cliffs. In case you haven't guessed that's me on April 27, 1997
around noon. I am looking across the valley and can see Wildcat ski
area. Someone said that it is Wildcat's last day of the season for
lift operated skiing.
This is the view of the bowl after about ten minutes of hiking out of the bowl. The view is spectacular.
I am standing on the roof of a first aid cache.
These are little wooden sheds. If you are caught up here in a real
bad storm you can hide in these structures during
the storm. Of course you have to be able to find one which
is not always easy during a storm.
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