Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: A tough hike to see AMC 'croo,' but finding 'Quos' made the day
First off, I made an overnight hike to the AMC’s Galehead Hut near the Gale River in Twin Mountain. Good for losing weight, bad for ancient legs.
More than once on the hike, my daughter-in-law asked, “Whose stupid idea was this?’’
“This one was mine,’’ I acknowledged, “you get the next one.’’
I can hardly wait.
Galehead Hut was nice as was the AMC “croo’’ that ran it. A niece was one of the “croo,’’ hence the reason for my stupid idea to hike up and spend the night. For all the summers I spent in and around Mt. Washington, I had never spent a night with the AMC. Scratch one from the bucket list.
Anytime I can question cranky old John Harrigan (he with the new surgically-installed set of knees), is a good day.
So imagine my surprise to read, at the hut, the White Mountain history written by Lucy Crawford on behalf of herself and her husband, Ethan Allen Crawford, who blazed trails and housed tourists north of the notches in the early 19th century.
Come again? “Quos?’’ You might say that as “Q-oss’’ or perhaps “Quo-oss’’ but darned if I can see how you get “Koh-oss’’ out of that.
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