|Gil brook near Indian Head|
It was a stellar weekend.
|A lovely and very large camp site just for us.|
|Inga on a cloudy Colvin summit.|
The rain arrived on cue overnight. We lucked into a dry spell for breakfast and then headed out on the trail to Mt Colvin and Blake. These are two of the lesser 46ers. In fact, Blake is a historic artifact, since it is not quite 4,000' in height. (These two are 4,057' and 3,980' respectively.) However, the 46ers years ago decided to not alter the historic list just because newer surveys recalibrated heights a little better.
|Hiking out on a super beautiful, sunny day.|
|Still life of boots drying and gear awaiting packing.|
By the time we settled back at camp to make dinner, the rain had subsided and we enjoyed a well deserved meal by our own private brook.
On Sunday, we had a leisurely morning followed by a quick hike out and a drive to Chapel Pond, the best High Peaks swimming hole. The it was off to The Cottage in Lake Placid for a late lunch, a bit of shopping and a beautiful drive home.
|Best patio in Lake Placid! The Cottage at Mirror Lake.|
In recent years, wilderness has taken an ever greater place in my world. These days, it is the perhaps mythical place where we can still roam freely that makes most sense to me. Living in a city, even one as splendid and close to the outdoors as Ottawa, has me feeling wistful for the essentialness, the self-reliance of the unpaved.
It's great to have the Adirondack wilderness close by and to have mountain excursions and wild places on my mind for the next adventure.