Surreal moment on Whiteface Mountain summit
Hello Borderless North,
Last Saturday my friends and I walked, slid, fell, & tumbled down Whiteface Mountain. We got a ride up Whiteface Memorial Highway with my friend Jimmy Hoyt who has worked the ski center for many years. Then we made the trek down to Oktoberfest, which was vacant due to the rainy weather.
Thinking the day was a bust we walked, slid, fell, & tumbled back up the mountain. That’s when something amazing happened. A guy dressed in Scottish bagpiping attire joined us in the elevator that takes visitors to the summit. We didn't think to ask him what he doing there since Octoberfest was going on. He was probably just one of many that might show up later…or so we thought.
Once at the top we paid no attention. Then I walked around a corner to see him blowing up his bagpipe. He started playing Amazing Grace. We were above the clouds and puffs of clouds or fog were in the air. It was an eerie feeling. My friend Fred Foster (the guy with the long beard in the video) was with us. His late brothers ashes are up there, so that added a totally new dimension to things; a surreal and special moment indeed.
Come to find out Kevin Brew plays the bagpipes as a hobby. He doesn’t belong to any band. He goes to mountaintops and plays just for the fun of it. How cool is that? How did he know we’d be there ready to soak it all in?
My words could never fully describe the awesomeness of this chance encounter. I hope you enjoy this photo and short video capturing the moment. How great it is for all of us who live and play in the Borderless North to have a platform to share these stories. Cheers and keep up the great work!
-Chris Early (Green Pond)