We started out Sunday afternoon by dropping kids off at Beaver Camp in Lowville, NY and then headed north, deeper into the Adirondack Mountains. We stopped along the way to take a few pictures...
(Stillwater Road) We drove for about 20 miles on two dirt roads in the backwoods. That makes for one dusty car!
Shoes on a wire over Big Moose Rd. in Eagle Bay, NY
Our first and only bear sighting. I thought I was watching a big black dog cross the road. Why "bear" never entered my mind until Priscilla said, "Look! A bear!!!" I can not tell you. The best photo of him remains in my mind where he still looks like a big black dog sauntering across the highway.
The "Super Moon" over Long Lake on Sunday evening.
We stayed in Tupper Lake the first night. The room was clean, comfortable, and very musty smelling. The owner was nice and friendly, but we decided to pay for the single night, take our things along with us, and give ourselves the option to stay somewhere else the following evening.
We did a little bit of driving in circles, not unusual when you're unfamiliar with a particular area, had a good breakfast, and headed for Mount Jo which is a little beyond Lake Placid.
Just starting out on our mountain hike.
On the trail. We took the longer, easier way rather than going straight up. It was a good idea.
Stopping midway to rest and eat a snack.
Continuing on. That is the trail, not a creek bed.
The reward, a majestic view from the top of Mount Jo.
More snacks. Priscilla is excited. :0)
A fellow hiker took our picture for us, and Priscilla took theirs. I'm pretty sure that farthest peak in the corner behind me is Mount Marcy.
After our hike we headed down to Lake Placid for some walking and browsing in the shops.
Ski jumps from the 1980 Olympics.
The view from a balcony where we stopped for some iced coffee. This is Mirror Lake. If I hadn't been so tired from our hike, I might have thought it a grand idea to rent a boat of some kind.
Fancy hotel next door to the coffee shop. Can't even imagine what it must cost to stay there, but I loved all the activity going on.
We needed to kill some time and get the coffee out of our systems so, on the recommendation of a staff member, we climbed the trail to Stag Brook Falls.
At the waterfall.
Me and Priscilla
(This is my longest post ever. Are you still there?)
We took the gondola ride up Whiteface Mountain rather than hiking, but when we got to the top we found we were not on Whiteface like we'd thought. We were instead welcomed to the summit of "Little Whiteface Mountain." The view was astounding in spite of our mistake. That is Lake Placid in the background.
While on the summit, Priscilla's cell phone rang (We were off the grid for most of the trip.) and she found our old friend Allan on the other end of the line. He will be visiting from Minnesota this coming weekend, in town for his 50th high school reunion.
Priscilla on Little Whiteface.
Whiteface Mountain. Our destination for the next trip.
Sign at the summit.
On our way home we stopped for ice cream in Long Lake, NY and then later for coffee in a little town called Inlet. There was a nice little bookstore there that sold coffee and I bought a book of Adirondack stories called "Leaky Boots". It was a nice end to a fun, first annual sister trip. Well, I think think it should be an annual thing anyway.