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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hiking Towards Heaven



each breath offers thanks
every step a walking prayer
this might be heaven














Above are a series of photos from our hike up the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail, Mt. Washington, NH, and back down the Cog Railway, because five hours up was enough work for one day. I call the first image "Laundry in the Clouds," it is what you see fluttering in the cool breeze beside the Lake in the Clouds Hut, just before you reach the actual Lake in the Clouds. At a distance the bright clothes reminded me of Tibetan Prayer flags in the Himalayas. Believe me, for a fairly inexperienced hiker with MS, and lover of nature, each step up was a prayer. Click on the photos to enlarge them. They really don't do justice to the exquisite beauty of being there, but I tried to hold on to a little of the magic in pictures.

To view some Wildflowers in the Clouds, come back on Saturday evening at 8pm EST, where you too are welcome to share the love up-close with I Heart Macro through Monday evening.

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85 comments:

  1. The first thought that came to my mind when I saw the laundry, was Tibetan Prayer flags! I am so happy for you that you made this journey, one wonderful step at a time. The scenery is breathtaking.

    I won't be joining in for I Heart Macro for a couple of weeks, we are off on our vaction to a place I think is quite heavenly. I am hoping I will be able to make it on a couple treks while there.

    Cheers!

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  2. Gorgeous, dramatic skies and superb captures!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a beautiful weekend!!

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  3. Wow, worst weather in America... that's quite a statement and kind of a scary sign!!

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  4. Heaven indeed! Great post Laura!

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  5. Beautiful scenes from a wonderful hike.
    Love the laundry line.
    :-)

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  6. I love seeing photos and reading about other people's hikes. Thanks for sharing yours!

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  7. I love the laundry picture. It reminded me of the prayer flags, too.

    The sign leaves nothing to the imagination!

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  8. A very lovely,scenic and dangerous trail.

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  9. I attended Franconia College and well remember musing on the White Mountains!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
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  10. Oh so beautiful, Laura - wonderful pics!

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  11. Looks like wonderful country. Congratulations on your endurance for such a hike!

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  12. Amazing series of shots. It must have been a slow hike as you would have been snapping away so often.

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  13. Wow, gorgeous views and lovely photos. What a hike! Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

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  14. beautiful as always.. images and words. that must feel so good your journey to the top of the hike. i'm glad you are feeling well enough to do this. love...

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  15. Wow - what an amazing walk. Your shots are stunning.

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  16. love the laundry - i bet that stop sign only eggs some folk on

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  17. Hi Laura, I love the laundry and yes, you're right, this somehow reminds me of a Tibetan mountain scene.

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  18. Beautiful pictures I admire you doing it and yes they do look a bit like prayer flags dont they. Thanks for dropping By XXX Don

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  19. your blog is beautiful! love the laundry photos!phyllis

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  20. simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!

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  21. Gorgeous place and excellent photography ~ thanks, carol, xo

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  22. Amazing pictures, all, but my favorite was the laundry hanging up. It reminded me of a foreign place...I was thinking that you were traversing a mountain in the far east! Beautiful, thank you!

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  23. Amazing pictures, all, but my favorite was the laundry hanging up. It reminded me of a foreign place...I was thinking that you were traversing a mountain in the far east! Beautiful, thank you!

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  24. so so wonderful photos with a beautiful haiku

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  25. Beautiful! Yes yes! I thought they were prayer flags. What a wonderful day you had.

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  26. Fantastic series! I've hiked the Car Road up Mt W before. Love the contrasts in some of your shots! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. That is indeed a hike !!! I have only reached the top by car but oh the heavenly sights to behold on top of the world there.
    You captured it well ! Brava !
    Happy Friday !

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  28. dear friend,
    so much beauty when one walks each step in life as a prayer.
    xo

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  29. What a wonderful serie of shots. The combination of the rough landscape and the beautiful skies, partly reflected in water, is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. that was beautiful, I love the puffy clouds, they always seem to really make the photos on your wonderful tour.

    I'm inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

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  31. Laura, absolutely spectacular photos - yes, it could be heaven. The laundry reminded me of prayer flags too. This seems a very brave adventure for you. Good for you! Your photos are magnificent. Glad I didnt miss them!

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  32. Great photos! What pretty reflections in the water, my favorite is the second!

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  33. Those pics are fantastic. I can imagine the adventure of hiking those trails. I also admire your determination and courage to do this. Not letting your diagnosis totally rule your life. Wonderful Laura.

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  34. Fantastic! They make my eyes water and deepen my breath.

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  35. The reflection on the lake is breathtaking... So perfect !

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  36. Wow! Yes the laundry is reminiscent of prayer flags. These photos are awesome. Thanks for taking us there.

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  37. Beautiful skies. Love the clouds and the reflections. what a great place to go hiking. Love the sign---pay attention. MB

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  38. Even though the photos of your world are wonder-filled, the warning sign is ominous!

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  39. Incredibly beautiful images, Laura! Thanks for taking us along.

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  40. Great photographs. I love the sign. Turn back now if you don't want to die kind of thing.

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  41. Hiking up Mt. Washington is a great idea. I've never been up because I didn't want to make the trip in a car. Hiking I could do:)

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  42. I am in heaven every time I visit here with you Laura... Thank you for taking us along with you. To see the world through your eyes, is such a joy...

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  43. Wonderful photos, such a beautiful and peaceful place. The scenery is breathtaking! What a great place to go hiking, thanks for sharing :)

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  44. Superb photo shares!!! Wow. They all have a look and feel of tranquility and silence. Which I'd love.

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  45. Another beautiful post. Thank you for sharing

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  46. Dear Laura, your images and words are a gift to me at this moment.
    There is some missing from your life at this time
    but you have so much
    with such a wonderful support system from friends
    and family
    May God continue to bless you
    and heal you soon..
    I set out on a journey alone a few years ago
    and thought it was all I would need and
    I may have been wrong.
    We all need human love and support...

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  47. such a beautiful place! great captures!

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  48. Great photos!! I've been watching a series on the Himalayas featuring Michael Palin and the clothing instantly reminded me of the prayer flags.

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  49. Looks like a rigorous, but very worthwhile, hike!

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  50. 1Stunning photos! Each step a prayer and also a blessing! Congratulations on your hike! Bravo!

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  51. Laura, that was an amazing and difficult hike -- for anyone!! (And the sign really makes that abundantly clear.) But how beautiful... thank you for sharing.

    I thought the laundry was prayer flags at first glance.

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  52. Laura, I ♥ your haiku...and your photos. The photo 'Laundry in the Clouds' is very familiar, like our view from our sun room on any day...she hangs her panties the same way I do mine, but my daughter's are much fancier and require 2 pins:)
    Your trek seems like it was so good for you...little miracles make a great life, don't they? ♥♥♥

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  53. Wonderful, dramatic, nature photos!

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  54. What a hike!
    Awesome place and photos.

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  55. Fabulous collection of photos, the White Mountains are a truly beautiful place to feel connected with the heavens and nature

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  56. WOW! What a hike - and fabulous photos to show for it!

    «Louis» thanks you for your visit to San Francisco Bay Daily Photo

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  57. Beautiful nature in Your pictures.

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  58. Beautiful skies, wonderful photos of lovely scenery...

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  59. Good to have that warning in place. The beauty of the area can apparently be deceiving.

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  60. Hello, These are very nice photos....Great captures !

    My favorites are no. 2 + 6

    Greetings and enjoy your weekend

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  61. Wow, that's a beautiful hike. Thank you for letting us come along :)

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  62. Love the shots. I especially liked the clothesline.

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  63. Laura, Incredibly beautiful photos. What a lovely hike you must have taken. Gorgeous scenery, fresh air--you are right, you were close to heaven. Mickie :)

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  64. What a breathtaking place to hike. . . so glad you were feeling up to it.

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  65. Wonderful photos from your hike, Laura!
    :)

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  66. What a great serie of shots. Awesome landscape!

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  67. Amazing, glorious photos of Gaia! And you're so right... photos can rarely do full justice but yours are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing! Blessings!

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  68. I love the wide spaces and skies on water.

    Hazel

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  69. I think these are prayer flags of a different kind!
    Stunning photos Laura........thanks for taking us with you.

    Ruby

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  70. ~~each step a walking prayer~~

    interesting how we celebrate a child's first steps

    and
    then

    and
    then

    unless one is running a marathon,
    we give walking Little Respect ...

    are you on Instagram ??

    your micro flower seed shots
    are so lovely ...

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