Sept 22, 2016: Marcy Dam to Avalanche Lake
Today was the first day hiking back in the Adirondacks since June of this year. We decided to break the “4 hour-tops” limit that we had imposed on ourselves earlier this year, and I am happy to say that we successfully finished this 8 hour round trip hike in 7 hours! The foot trail to Avalanche Lake is the same trail that leads to Marcy, and Algonquin mountains and we have traveled this route many times. It is where our phrase ” .2 of a mile! ” originated, a comment that has come to mean “never ending ” in our hiking lingo. When we started coming to the Adirondacks we had gone past Marcy dam at 7:00 in the morning.The mist was hanging over a lake that was behind the dam and it was a magical moment. Hurricane Irene hit ADK badly in 2013 (?) and basically washed away Marcy Dam. The picture above is a far cry from what had been and is a cruel testament as to what nature can do in just a few hours.
Friday, Sept 23: 1st of Three Brothers
It was rainy today. We knew it would be, so we planned a quick hike mostly covered with tree canopy. The 1st brother was 3 mile hike, 1500 foot ascent. Steep in places with scrambling in the higher elevations, but mostly a long steady ascent foot trail that was well marked and maintained. Not a whole lot to see, but we got a hike in without worrying about time, or weather.
Saturday,Sept 24 :Kayaking in Lower Saranac Lake
This was a leap of faith for me. Not a great swimmer, dislike for being wet and having cold damp feet on a 50 degree day, I overcame my nightmares and got out on the lake. It was great, and we have decided that perhaps we can take on a new sport for summer months!