May West, Mime, Margo and Michael Brickell's escapade into the
White Mountains August 4 - 6, 2000.
August 4 Friday.. Hiked to Madison Hut after a stormy night in
Gorham N.H. Biggest problem was that the milkshake machine at McDonald's
was broken. After some scouting around we did find a place that
attempted to make a Blizzard. Climb to Madison was great, all knees were
working. A wonderful meal was had by all; including a Duffy look alike
who told us (again and again) of his attempt at the entire AT. He lasted
15 days and then went home cuz he was lonely.(probably did not have
anyone to talk to). Mime felt sorry for him?????
August 5 Saturday. Wonderful 70 mile views all around. Although we
skirted some mountain tops we did set a blistering pace arriving at
Lakes just before supper. Along the way we stopped to see how the Cog RR
crew managed to get all 4 wagons tied up near the Jewell trail. It took
them 3/4 of an hour to arrange themselves. We sat and watched and were
disappointed that they cleared up the mess which meant that we had to
get going. Another wonderful meal at Lakes with a superb sunset ( that's
what they told me )...I managed to crawl into a top bunk at 7:30 p.m.
and somehow fell asleep.
August 6 Sunday.. we all woke up at about 6:30 to the sound of
wonderful male voices singing some Irish lament. We were all sure the
lament was for our knees. Michael didn't have knee problems but by now
discovered that when you tie your boot laces too tight, it does
considerable damage. Mime duct taped her feet and decided to buy new
boots. The winner of the best line of the week-end goes to Margo
Brickell aka www.ip.com.
We were standing at the hut getting ready to leave when she approached a
rather distinguished gentleman and asked him to take our picture with
Mt. Washington as a backdrop. As she hands him the camera she says" just
point and click.. it's idiot proof"
Guess what? She had already shot off her last photo so this guy is
standing there clicking away, feeling like a complete nerd hoping that
the camera is broken.......idiot proof indeed!
On the way down .. Boot Spur.....we met a girl (30 revolutions
around the sun?) who climbed to the top of Washington via Tuckerman's in
2 hrs & 5 min. She is a triathlete so I told her that I was a 247
marathoner. Enough said.
The trip back to Canada was uneventful except for Mime trying to
imitate Gordon's locker at TUNS with her socks.
Congratulations to the Brickells. They are grandparents of William
Robert.....who will probably hear time and again about his GrandMa and
GrandPa's wilderness adventures back at the turn of the