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|Noon: The beginning of the hike was practically flat for miles (we took a detour to Cliffey's Cave, but never found it). Deceptively easy...|
|There were Lady's Slippers everywhere. Stopped to get a shot of one.|
|Same cluster of flowers. This would have been a better shot except I forgot to set my camera's extreme-close-up feature this time, so it's out of focus (the rangefinder found the ground behind the flowers).|
|3:30 PM: At an overlook just below the summit of Firescrew, the congratulatory photo-taking begins.|
4:00 PM: View from the summit of Cardigan, down the South (far) face.
Photo taken while huddling in the lee of the lookout tower as 50-knot winds (estimated)
|Summit view of Firescrew (to the North), with the White Mountains in the background.|
|Summit view to the East.|
|Did I mention incredibly strong winds? Here's the evidence: the anemometer broke!|
|4:15 PM. View back to Cardigan while descending the east slope of Firescrew.|