National Geographic : 1951 May
Mountain Ranges Roll to the Horizon: the Panorama from Mount Washington With exceptional visibility, the view from Yankeeland's apex ex tends about 130 miles. To the west, one may look across Vermont and Lake Champlain to New York's Adirondacks. The view north carries into Canada. Atlan tic's flashing lighthouses and the lights of Portland, Maine, may be seen to the southeast. The south erly view reveals the Isles of Shoals off New Hampshire's coast (map, page 569). Here, on an average day, Wash ington looks some 50 miles east southeast into Maine. In the fore ground, Wildcat Mountain drops into shadowy Pinkham Notch. Tuckerman Ravine, on the imme diate right, is famous for its late spring skiing. Black Mountain occupies the second horizontal ridge. The third ridge shows (left to right) South Baldface, Sable Mountain, Kezar Lake, Chandler Mountain, and Kezar Pond. The long bulk of Pleasant Mountain rises in the dis tance, and just above its top Sebago Lake appears as a narrow white streak. It is late September, and a 5-inch snow blankets the mountaintop. These visitors, having inspected the cog-railway terminal, descend to their station wagon (pages 563, 583, 592, 593, 594). They will drive down the carriage road (left). Snow-encrusted crates contained jet-aircraft engines which the Air Force and Navy tested under Washington's worst icing condi tions.