The Whites Essay

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Abruptly woken up by the banging of pots and pans, I feel frigid and wet. Time has been absent for a week now, but I know it is the morning because I can see a faint trace of some foreign source of light coming through the canvas overhead that is peeking over the horizon through dense clouds that I have become accustomed to. I can feel a fresh coat of dew enveloping everything around me and my skin is raw and I am aching, but I am where I want to be.
I am in the sweetest place this world has to offer. A place where millions of years ago a brutal battle between two masses of earth created the most beautiful scars any conflict can. I am in a small tent, being squished by mounts of wet clothes and irritable tent-mates, some five hundred feet off of the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, where I am volunteering with the AMC Trail crew. Somewhere I can humbly enjoy these spoils of war, the White Mountains. Cringing, I put on my socks still heavy with rain, onto my already shriveled up toes. Not knowing how many hours we have actually slept, it is easy to say “not many” as we gather around the boiling pot with tired eyes, and drenched hair clinging to our skulls, not having a moment to dry. The rain has started up heavy again. Turning the Walkie-talkie to the channel receiving the weather from the Mt. Washington Observatory, we go silent. The words, “Severe Scattered Thunderstorms- Flash Flood Warnings- Afternoon: Partly sunny.” created a moment of euphoria, regardless of the constant hammering of rain pouring out of the dark clouds above us. We gathered, and one after another drudged our mud drenched boots and pants through the now river-of-a-trail about a mile up to our work site and resumed our tedious yet satisfying work of moving eight hundred pound boulders. I have collected scars and bruises over the...

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