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Rocks with slipcovers November 13, 2008

Posted by Jenny in hiking, nature.
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Looks like water.  It's not.

Looks like water. It's not.

Remember the clear plastic slipcovers that people used to put on their living room sofas?  (If you don’t, you may belong to a younger, post-slipcover generation, just as I myself belong to a post-antimacassar generation.  You can look it up.)  The slipcovers were so slippery that you were in danger of sliding right off onto the floor, especially if you were wearing something filmy or sleek.  (I’m afraid circumstances these days seldom call for me to wear anything filmy or sleek.)

The rock slabs in the shade of the upper slopes of Mt. Cardigan had slipcovers yesterday.  Just a quarter inch thick, probably.  My instep crampons were useless.  I’m going to get myself a pair of stabilicers or microspikes for November.  In January, with thick snow and ice, the full crampons and ice axe work fine.  But still, it was a beautiful hike, with the snowy white dome of Mt. Washington shining off in the distance.


1. Douglas C Albanese - November 19, 2008

Very nice and intersting thank you for sharing!! Glad I didnt go hiking yesterday… Cant wait for January when she is completely covered in nice thick ice that my G12’s can bite into.. Lovely picture by the way. Do you have a Flickr account or photo bucket somplace where I can see more photo’s you have taken?

2. Jenny - November 19, 2008

Thanks for the comment! No Flickr account yet–something to think about. I was looking at the Mt. Washington Observatory webpage. Wind chill is minus 26 up there right now–will wait to go up to the Whites until the wind dies down a bit!

3. Barb - November 25, 2008

Couldn’t help thinking about Gamo/Grandma’s dining room. The plastic slipcovers stuck to the backs of your legs, too, in those short Sunday dresses. It all seemed normal at the time …

4. Jenny - November 25, 2008

There’s a book waiting to be written about all the little textures, sounds, and everyday sensations that belong to different eras. I’m not sure that particular kind of thick, clear, glossy plastic even exists any more! (Other items for inclusion in the book: wax paper, cellophane, and the sounds of pre-electric typewriters and cash registers.)

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