Funny, this story just came up this afternoon at work:
I was hired several years ago to drive a “snow cat” up Greylock to install an IP based STL for the local NPR station in January. As far as I had ever known, a “snow cat” was a large vehicle used to break snowmobile trails. Imagine my surprise when I showed up and learned my “snowcat” was actually Yamaha snowmobile!!! Never knew on the east coast they’re called snow cats. Anyway, ride up there to the most deserted ass transmitter site at the beginning of one of the worst snowfalls the east coast had seen in years. In the just over 3 hours I spent on the mountain I had almost a foot of snow fall and I didn’t check in with the Ranger and hadn’t seen another soul the entire day I went up there.
To say I was creeped the hell out was an understatement. I had to shovel 6’ of snow in front of the door to even see it. Think the Overlook in the movie/book The Shining and the front gate was smashed in when I got there.
Anyway, got it installed, semi configured and hauled ass down the mountain in the storm, snow and dark to find my trailer frozen up and wouldn’t tip down so I slammed it near a snow bank and “jumped” the sled on the trailer, my flight was cancelled along with 1000 other travelers and I was stuck in Albany for two extra days while they dug out. That job sucked because we never got the unit to work.
Anyway, had to go back in March to finish it, totally different story: tons of people on the mountain, sunny sky’s and had a great run on that 1000cc 4 stroke Yamaha. It was a blast and I almost felt bad for taking the money. Almost.
I always wondered what it looked like in the summer. Here’s a pic of me that first time running around the monument at the top. The other is that second time I went; still had to shovel it out again but it was much better when you kniw what you’re up against.
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