Stream that feeds into Ammonoosuc Lake, Crawford North, NH

I have just returned from the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My knee has been acting up, so I did not hike very much—just the Around-the-Lake Trail in Crawford Notch. I gave two evening talks, one at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, and the other in Pinkham Notch Visitors’ Center below Mount Washington. The subject was the new Appalachia anthology, No Limits But the Sky.

I met a man who worked briefly with cartographer and adventurer Brad Washburn near the end of Washburn’s life. No Limits reprints one of Washburn’s early stories, “The Attack on Crillon,” published first in 1932. The man in the audience said Washburn had told the story of Amelia Earhart, the doomed pilot, asking Washburn to be her navigator for her around-the-world flight. Washburn refused because he was not comfortable with the itinerary.

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