Earlier this fall Travis and I had the brilliant idea to head up to the Adirondack State Park to hike and explore one Sunday. I can't believe how long it has taken us to finally get up there! Granted, I did not have a lot of free time didactic year, but what have we been doing? Seriously, if you have never been, better start planning a trip, right now! I highly recommend a nice long weekend in the fall.
Anyways, we were so shocked to discover that the State Park "blue line" is only about an hour away! So we decided to start our 46er. This "46er" club is a group for individuals who climb all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks, meaning the elevation is above 4,000 feet. In actuality there are more than 46 high peaks in the State Park, but I digress. This is always something that has interested me, but I have never really been able to do it. So we made a pact that we would start while I am here in school and probably finish years on down the road. It makes me a little sad that I have found a spot and an activity that we both enjoy doing so close to graduation. Now as soon as we start our 46er we will be leaving, with the military's promise of never being this close again. Wow, I actually sad about leaving! Shocker. These are going to be some of the things I miss most about the North Country, specifically the fall and the Adirondacks.
Now back to our 1st peak. We researched and decided on Cascade Mountain as our first climb. Most books and individuals claim this is the easiest climb and most often the first attempt. What is great about this hike is that the trail head is located right off the main road (always a plus). So we start out, you sign in at the beginning of the trail, put your names, address and phone numbers in a book. I always like to peek and see who else has been there. But this is actually an important part of hiking. It lets people know that you were there, climbed and came off the mountain. Actually at the time, a man had been missing for several days and was last spotted in the range right next to us. Scary stuff. So after we secured our whereabouts we began our ascent. The beginning is a beautiful meandering hiking trail. I start thinking to myself this is going to be cake. Then the incline starts to creep up. Gradually at first, then steeper and steeper. Now the trail isn't really a trail but a series of large boulders you are zig zagging your way through. Almost the entire time we were hiking I thought to myself, "We have got to be close." I had to refrain from asking every passing group making their way back down, "Excuse me, but how much further to the top?" Yeah, I am that girl.
HALLELUJAH. Finally we make it to the top, or what I think is the top. Nope. It's not. Just another look out point. Come to find out the summit is another 1/2 mile up a steep slab of rock. Wait, I have to climb this I thought to myself? With the two dogs? After a couple slips and falls and one minor meltdown where I SWORE I tore my rotator cuff after I slide down a rock wall, we finally made it. At the summit we met a nice volunteer steward who chats with you, answers your questions and evens takes your picture for you. Proof that we made it! Now it was time for some trial mix and a cider to celebrate. And then I realized we had to get back down.
Travis and I are making our way back up to the Adirondacks today to make good use of the long Columbus Day weekend (for him, I still have to work on Monday). But at least we get a full Saturday and Sunday with each other. Usually Travis has to leave on Sunday around 5 so I will very gladly take an extra night with him. Can't wait to get back up there see the changing colors, get another high peak under our belts and just spend some quality alone time with Travis! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.