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Hiking the High Peaks

Ahhh. Summer vacation. Loaded up the car with all the necessities for a couple of weeks of biking and hiking.


2017 took me to the Adirondack Mountains. The 6 million acre state park between Albany and Montreal is home to the High Peaks, the tallest mountains in New York State.  I’m standing on Marcy Dam after a 3 mile hike from the parking lot. From this spot, you can start the strenuous hikes up to Mt. Marcy, Algonquin and Haystack Mountains.  (I did not).


The week preceding my arrival it had rained everyday. The woods were wet and the trails muddy. Over the succeeding days, the area dried out, but every night my boots needed a thorough cleaning and drying.

The days turned beautiful and comfortably warm. Marcy Brook may have been the most beautiful lunch spot ever, and a place to cool my feet.


In the deep woods, Ray Brook surged in the summer rains.

After a wet slog, I broke out of the woods on the top of Mt. Van Hoevenberg, 2940 feet. Half the height of Mt Marcy (5344) and one-tenth the height of Mt. Everest (29,016)

Sunset from our AirBnb in Lake Placid

Lake Placid does not have any alligators. I think.

The summer woods were full of White Admiral butterflies which swarmed to any sunlit spot.




Skiing with Roxy

Last weekend, I made the trek up to the northern Catskills. Schoharie County, NY, to be exact. They are experiencing the coldest February on record. The average temperature has been 9 degrees and the snow depth is about 24 inches compacted.

It sounds delicious if you like cross-country skiing. I joined Rod and Barb on the old logging trails on New York State Forest land. The day was cold, but the bright sun made it perfect for spending two hours on sticks sliding across deep snow. We followed snowmobile tracks, so we did not tire ourselves having to break trail.

I haven’t mentioned our long haired companion, Roxy. Roxy is a fantastic ski dog…happiest when bounding in the snow like a kangaroo. The cold doesn’t bother her, nor does the deep snow. The only thing she does not like about the winter are the ice balls that form between the pads of her paws.XC Skiing with Roxy