For those of you who missed it, enjoy our latest Weekly Ello newsletter.
Your Weekly Ello: Au Naturel
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.
— Edward Abbey
...And so, a mere 24 hours after hatching our plan, we were setting up our tents 15 feet from a river at the base of Mt. Washington. An overly long stop for pizza and drinks had left us wondering if we would get to our spot before they closed the gates for the night and a very slow moving Winnebago nearly sealed the deal. We sat and watched the Milky Way rise over the river and looked at the stars for some time before surrendering the battle to the night in the interest of the war that would follow the next day. Sunrise came rather early the next morning and Tim and I greeted each other from our tents with the ceremonial 6am good morning farts. I snuck down the bank to take a picture of the sunrise, fell in once or twice and then joined the others in getting ready. We patronized the shit out of the only gas station on the way to the trail, wolfing down the incredible kind of coffee and breakfast sandwhiches one can only get at middle of nowhere establishments. And by 8am we were finally on the trail. (continued)