Friday, August 19, 2011
No vet visit and a cog railroad trip
After some ice packs, which Halley particularly appreciated and her own licking of the offending paw, she started to show improvement. By this morning, she was back to her old self.
Because she was as back to normal as she gets, we decided to head to the Mount Washington Cog Railroad. This rail line was the brain child of Sylvester Marsh after a near death experience climbing to the summit of Mount Washington. So in 1866 he designed and started work on the cog railroad that would allow anyone to reach the summit in safety and comfort. The line was completed in 1869 and has been in operation ever since then. The approximately three and half mile journey takes about 40 minutes.
Mount Washington makes the claim of having the worst weather in the world. While I cannot confirm this claim, I can note that as we started the assent, we had clear and sunny skies and before we reached the top the clouds rolled in blocking much of the view. This was followed by windy and rainy conditions. On the way down, the sky cleared with sunny conditions again. They also lay claim to the highest wind ever recorded -231 MPH.
It was a fun trip with the maximum angle of climb being 37degrees. I should note that not only is the climb steep, but the price of the ride is also. It was $124 for the two of us. There is also an auto road up the mountain, which gets mixed reviews for safety. When you compare the cost for using the road and the wear and tear on the car, the clog railroad is not that bad of a deal.