Saturday, July 10, 2010

It's Been a While

I know it has been a very long time since I have posted last, but that is for a few reasons. I had been out of the country on business for a few weeks and then upon my return, I came down with a stomach bug. It figures it would happen that way. Needless to say, I don’t have much for recent events to blog about with respect to day hiking around New Hampshire. I can however share with you how I coped without being able to get out and experience nature and the wilderness, as I love to do. Before leaving for my trip, I picked up some DVD’s and a book that would keep my love for hiking and New Hampshire not too far home.

The book I purchased for this trip was called, Shrouded Memories by Floyd W. Ramsey. This book struck my interested because it was a made up of eighteen historical stories regarding the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Unfortunately, it was rather difficult to find. The one place I was able to find it was on the Mount Washington Observatory website, which I was more than happy to purchase it from. One story in particular within this book was with regards to the B18 Bomber that crashed on Mount Waternomee in 1942 (check out my trip report of the bomber crash site here). I’ve done a lot of research on this story specifically, and I believe the information in this book is the most complete account of that scary night. I highly recommend this book for your nightstand.

For the trip, I also purchased the DVD documentary set, National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns. I have wanted to see this series for quite a while now and this trip gave me the excuse to purchase it. After watching only a few minutes of the first disc, I was quickly drawn in by the spectacular images and beauty that was presented. The documentary itself was awesome and told the story of our National Park's heritage in great detail. It was also wonderful to learn about the wilderness pioneers that help shape these sacred places, such as John Muir. I would recommend this series to all American’s who love the beauty of nature as well as history.

Finally, I purchased a Nova special on Mt. Everest. Anything regarding Everest has always interested me, as it does most hikers. It is such an extreme environment and the people who choose to hike it are the best in the world at what they do. However, Everest never seems to be picky when it claims lives, even among the best. This two-disc set was pretty good. It went through the normal topics with regards to climbing this summit such as elevation sickness, the death zone and of course, the history of climbing the mountain. If you like information regarding Everest, I would recommend this set.

So there you have it. This is what I occupied my many plane rides with. I was very happy with my choices and urge you to check them out as well. If any of my close friends out there want to borrow any of these great works, let me know and you are more than welcome.



  1. I will be perusing the Karl Searl library soon for these and other great finds.