To celebrate Independence Day, and eschewing the first day of the Tour de France, Becky and I drove up to the Adirondack high peaks for an overnight hike in the high peaks region. This was Becky's first foray into real wilderness, and her first night spent sleeping in the woods.
After stopping off for a visit at my old summer camp in Wilsboro, NY (more on that tomorrow), we headed over to Keene Valley. Leaving the car at the Adirondack Loj, we hiked to Marcy Dam and made camp. After an early dinner and early bed time, we got up, ate breakfast and headed off to climb Phelps Mountain, before trekking to Indian Falls. After a successful day in the mountains, we hiked back to the car, to have dinner at the Noon Mark Diner, a high peaks staple, even if the food leaves a little to be desired. Below is the trip in photos, in no particular order:
The water cut a narrow trough
Which overflows at high water
Thus, the falls.
Not sure why it's "Indian Falls," but so it goes.
It was pretty easy to get down
Getting back up was a little harder
There were a few hours to kill until dark
I passed the time sitting on a rock in a stream
Becky thought it was pretty funny
that my head was burrowed all the way in to the bag
Becky makes it to the top of her first 46er
Phelps was my second 46er, so we're starting in the same neighborhood
That was one long mile!
I think it might have been harder on the way down.
This is a shortcut to cut out some small hills from the trail to Marcy Dam
Not too many people know about it.
Dam in the foreground,
Colden and Avalanche Mountains in the background.
Tent up, getting ready to cook dinner
The problem with this trip: we forgot things to do while waiting for dark!
And that was our trip. There might be a few more photos popping up tomorrow...
In other news, I just realized that Jeremy Piven, Ari Gold on 'Entourage,' plays the evil, and very short, Dean in the hilarious Will Farell film Old School. Now that's funny stuff!