We had driven by the park many many times; flying by the exit on our way up north. The sign, beckoning visitors to stop, faded more and more as the years passed. Finally, one warm May day we decide to stop and look around. We turned in to the large parking lot, now covered with potholes and weeds, and drove down a rutted road; heading back in time. Continue reading “abandoned places: frontier town”
The heat and humidity of the July afternoon had been left behind and the temperature continued to drop as we crawled onward, deeper and deeper into the ever narrowing crevice. The rock surrounding us was now smooth and damp with a slightly yellowish sheen. This dampness had meant the end of the huge black spiders each guarding an even bigger egg sack that we had seen at the entrance. We looked forward allowing our headlamps to pierce the darkness in front of us and wondered just where this tunnel in the cave would lead.
I often wonder how people have found many of the places that we go to. We often find ourselves in the middle of nowhere either bush whacking or following a faint herdpath to our destination. Was the location passed down through the generations by locals or was it simply stumbled upon by someone? Then, what caused someone finally to give up the location? Continue reading “deep into the cave”
What! We have not hiked the Adirondacks most popular hike! How can that be?
We were taking my oldest son to summer camp in the Adirondacks and decided to stay for a long weekend after we dropped him off. If you have read other posts of mine such as conquering the mountain, you know that the Adirondacks are my favorite place visit. It’s beautiful, rugged, rural, and there is so much to do! I began to plan what we would do this time and I came across Blue Mountain in the town of Blue Mountain Lake. We have been to the town a number of times but have never hiked the 2 mile trail to the top of the mountain which many websites stated was the most popular hike in the Adirondacks. Guess it was about time that we hike it! Continue reading “all the way! (with cranky kids)”