08 June 2006

More Philosophy on a Mountaintop

"Chocorua is as interesting a peak as any to remember. You may be jogging along steadily for a day before you get round it and leave it behind, first seeing it on the north, then northwest, then west, and at last southwesterly, ever stern, rugged and inaccessible, and omnipresent. It was seen from Gilmanton to Conway, and from Moultonboro was the ruling feature."

Henry David Thoreau, journal entry, July 6, 1858

Here's my picture of the cone summit:

And here's a wonderful painting of the mountain, from Thoreau's time, by Aaron Draper Shattuck: