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I'm King (and Queen) of the World!!!

Dateline: Late August or early September, 1948, New Hamphsire

King of the World


Queen of the World (with Princess)


Keep your Rockies, your Tetons, your Cascades, all splendid in their own right.
I think it's safe to say that a fear of heights doesn't run in my family, don't you?

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Frog Out

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arwensouth
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
One of my great regrets from when we lived in NH was that we never got to drive to the top of Mt. Washington. Every time we wanted to go, it was socked-in with fog. It's still on my bucket list.

Though being a native Denver-ite, I did get a great chuckle out of the newspaper article I read while living in NH, about the hardships of "high altitude cooking" for the people living in the research center on the mountain. At an elevation only a few hundred feet higher than where I grew up. :)
birdhousefrog
Dec. 6th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
It's all perspective, you know. The poor people at the research center are used to living at sea level.

What is this "drive" you speak of? Drive? (Yes, I know you can, I've seen the bumper stickers.) We complained all the way, but my dad made us climb it. I think he carried me on his shoulders part of the trek.
marshallpayne1
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Great pix, Oz. The first two almost make me dizzy, like I might fall off the precipice.
birdhousefrog
Dec. 6th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
It's incredible that the quality has survived more than half a century, isn't it? The originals are breathtaking, these are just .jpgs.
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birdhousefrog
Dec. 6th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
::snort:: Did you miss the part about 1948? Or the saddle shoes? The "princess" in question is my oldest sister. ALL the women had curls in WWII, though I don't know why. My mother's hair has body, but she does not look like her childhood cocker spaniel without the aid of a beauty shop! :D
mindseas
Dec. 6th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Your Dad looks more like Superman to me. And that backpack!!! It looks impossible; it looks almost as if it were filled with helium, about to like him into the sky.
birdhousefrog
Dec. 6th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Dad always told me the goal was to put the weight onto your hips. The framepack I wore at camp (obviously a slightly more modern model) took all the weight in the hip belt and none at the shoulders. So some of his posture must be the result of the weight he's carrying, 60-70lbs since he was packing cameras and packing for two people. There's an AMC hut nearby which had meals, so presumably they weren't carrying too much food, just clothes and those old heavy down sleeping bags.

My cousins told me my dad was once hut croo. He confirmed that he did it once or twice in the war. He packed out at the end of the season because the college kids had all gone back to school. They had to carry all the supplies back down the mountain to base camp and shut the hut for the winter.

Clark Kent maybe. So that must be Lana Lang (not dark enough for Lois).

But yes, you're so right. He looks as if he's about to test out a new sort of jetpack or helium contraption. :D Love the image that brings to mind, thanks.
mrsthorsen
Dec. 7th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
You don't recall the type of carrier your mother was using, do you? If it's red, and your sister is wearing a red coat, then that makes sense. But if it's just a red coat and the carrier is khaki like the straps I can see in front, then I'm pretty curious because it must be pretty minimalist, and I'd be interested into getting (or making) one like that.

I'm not sure I'm interested in attempting mountain climbing with a babe strapped to me (or even without children, for that matter), but I do wear the kids on long walks. Once Max stops grabbing indiscriminately I'd like to get him off my front and put him on my back, so I'm deciding on the various non-frame backpack options.
birdhousefrog
Dec. 7th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
It's not red. All of the carrier is khaki. She's wearing a red coat. Anne was about 15 months when this was taken. From the original (blown up until the pixels get blocky), it appears that there is a little frame on my mother's back so Anne could sit on a little flat spot and then there's a strap under the arms and around her waist that secures her to the frame. I can see the seat in the shot of my mother staring at the view. What's interesting is that I don't see anything to go around my mother's hips to take the weight off of her shoulders. The kid's frame pack had a great hip strap.
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