We passed MANY bicyclists on the road to the summit. I honestly don't know how they did it. It was nine miles straight up. And I mean UP!
The views along the way were breathtaking! Many famous writers (Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Melville) drew inspiration from this mountain, and I can see why.
Our destination was Bascom Lodge at the summit.
You can spend the night there, or simply have lunch, like us.
"It was such a country as we might see in dreams, with all the delights of paradise..." -Henry David Thoreau on this same view
It was quite chilly up there, and I can understand why this place isn't open until May.
At the highest peak is the veteran's war memorial, built in the 1930's. It is 93 feet tall made from 8 ton pieces of granite. Usually you can go inside, but it is closed this year for renovations.
The beacon at the top is always lighted to honor the state's dead and can be seen from 70 miles away.
There were lots of dogs everywhere. It was very crowded today, so I was glad I didn't bring Oreo. I think weekdays would be fine though.
This is the view from the tourist center at the bottom of the mountain, where I picked up an extensive trail map.
Will definitely have to come back in the Fall when the leaves are at their finest.
I think being in the mountains is my favorite place to be.