Mt. Greylock

1 Dec

We got to the top, and there was nothing to see.

And yet in a completely white world, there was plenty.  After spending about 10 minutes in blinding whiteness I concluded that I’m really quite happy I never settled on “Arctic Exlorer” as a career path.

We thought we were supposed to be following the red blazes, which took us tromping off willynilly into the forest.  Multiple times they would just *poof* disappear.  But the baby blue blazes, they looked solid and dependable, so we decided to follow them.

And they took us to the top.  Up through the ancient, breathing, dripping rain forest and out into the wide white world, 2,200 feet above where we started.

It’s amazing how much color there is left in a world that, at the back of your brain you would consider colorless; one that is completely fogged in, one that is “dormant.”

On the way back down we trees covered in mushrooms and a tree that could comfortably fit us both,  a tree with roots like an eagles’ talons, boulders flocked in velvet.

We never found He-Man, but for about four hours, we found a nice little respite from the real world.

More on Greylock here.

And in case you need to know what to eat after a seven mile hike, I highly recommend the Pork Roast with Mustard recipe from French Feasts along with a salad made with the outstanding dill dressing from The Veselka Cookbook, both mentioned in this post. The pork roast recipe ended up making far too much sauce.  I froze it and pulled it out this past Sunday and used it as  a gorgeous base for a turkey “paprikash” made with Thanksgiving leftovers and served over noodles.

As a side to the pork, I cobbled together my version of “egg barley.”  There’s a place in our neighborhood that serves the “barley,” which kind of resemble spätzle, with sauteed mushrooms.  But in my version, I used barley, cooked risotto style with mushroom stock and sauteed mushrooms with lots and lots of cheese melted in at the end.  And then, to fully complete the conceit of the name, we ate the leftovers for breakfast, cooked up fluffy with scrambled eggs. Delicious!

5 Responses to “Mt. Greylock”

  1. bloglily December 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    What a beautiful walk! And thank you for recommending the right thing to eat afterwards! xo

  2. lornasass December 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    That moss is astonishing as are all of the photos. How ever did you find the energy to cook after that long uphill hike? I’m mightily impressed with all that you do.

  3. Toni December 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    I love taking long,long hikes any time of the year. And, as always, I love your photos!

  4. Julia December 3, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    I like these winter time walks with their gauzy veils of mist. Especially when they are followed by a great meal! That barley sounds so sturdy. I always forget to eat barley. Thanks for reminding me how I love it so!

  5. ann December 4, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    Lily — Thanks! So glad to see that the bookstacks have returned for 2009! They’re definitely one of my favorite Christmas traditions that I’ve learned from reading blogs. Lovely to see you around xo

    Lorna — Isn’t the moss amazing? I absolutely thought of you while I was looking at it. I thought you would certainly approve.

    Toni — I agree. The light is really wonderful.

    Julia — Sturdy! Yes! That’s the correct term for it. And yet it’s also still really delicious and I always forget about it too. Strange.

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