Saturday, October 14, 2017

GraniteGals Interview with Professor Linda French

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable weekend!  We have a new GraniteGals episode with Professor Linda French, an experienced White Mountain hiker as well as an astronomer, a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, and a Professor of Physics.  Sage and I were grateful to have her on the podcast!  Please listen to this new episode here.  Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes!

Professor Linda French with Alex and Sage, and Prof. French's husband Ron Emmons

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Curly Perzel on GraniteGals, and Jackson on October 1, 2017

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Mt. Jackson
Jackson-Webster Trail
5.2 miles roundtrip
2,150 feet of elevation gain

I hiked Mt. Jackson with Mom on Sunday (October 1st), and Sage hiked Mt. Hale on Monday (October 2), due to a busy and complex schoolwork week.  Mom and I got out of the car to cold temperatures and a cool breeze, which caused us to start off with layers (which we took off a little while after we began the hike).  Many leaves were turning and there were beautiful views of mountains from the parking lot.

There were many brightly-colored leaves on the ground.

Hunting season started a few weeks ago, so we wear orange on our hikes for safety; this way, it is obvious we are people and not animals hunters can shoot.

The trail was fairly dark.

We reached the intersection, got a drink of water, and continued on our way.

I saw the familiar opening to the ledges on top of the mountain.  We layered up just before going to the summit, because it was windy and cold.  I could not keep my hands out of my gloves.  The views were amazing.  We had clear skies!

I gridded out Jackson today (I have hiked it during every month of the year)!  It is difficult to believe I will not be hiking this peak again for a long time.

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

We came down to the trailhead in high spirits.

On the way down, the Sunday crowds were hiking up -- we saw more dogs than people!  We passed many groups and saw numerous cars at the bottom.

Happy October!

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Kinsmans with Autumn Foliage and Humidity, September 24, 2017

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The Kinsmans
Lonesome Lake Trail, Fishin' Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail
10 miles roundtrip
3,550 feet of elevation gain

When I got out of the car at the trailhead, I first noticed the temperature of the air around me.  It was warm and it felt humid.  Then, I looked at the trees with delight and absorbed the subtle yellow, orange, and red hues of the autumn leaves.

Lonesome Lake Trail starts with flat, easy terrain.

It gradually gets steeper.

Rock steps!

By the time we got to Lonesome Lake, we were all sweaty and tired from the hike up; it was hot and humid.  The flatness of the walk around the lake was gratifying, and the beautiful view of the water was a rewarding break for my mind.

I love seeing autumn foliage!

It was gorgeous up there...

We already felt weary from the hike, so we stopped by the hut for a quick rest and to fill up our Nalgene bottles.

Then, we hiked up Fishin' Jimmy Trail...

This trail got steep and rocky.  This was also tiring, but I felt better by now; I was past that phase of every hike when I am still tired from waking up early.


Bright red berries above the trail:

Sage and I on North Kinsman, right before the outlook (sorry the picture is so dark):

Photo by Trish Herr
The views from North and South Kinsman were spectacular!

Going up South Kinsman...

Somebody made a chair with armrests out of the South Kinsman cairn!  Me, Sage, and Mom sitting...

Photo by Trish Herr
Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Sage Herr
One last look before going back down into the trees...

The farther down we descended, the more we felt the heat of the valley - in the 90s!  Later, we learned that it had been around 80 degrees on the summit of South Kinsman while we were up there.  I was proud of us!  September weather usually isn't this hot.  The fall foliage and the beautiful views were sights to see, though, and I am glad we were there to observe the clear skies and the changing leaves.