Some of the scenery this past week was breathtaking, and photos can’t really do it justice. On a couple occasions I took out my phone and snapped a couple panoramic photos which perhaps show a bit more of the views.
It takes me over six hours to drive to most spots in the Adirondacks, and as scenic as some of that drive may be, there is one final turn from Route 73 which always inspires me. It is from North Meadows, along Adirondack Loj Road, and it always fills me with the anticipation of the hike.
One of the most interesting part about hiking Adirondack mountains is the many bald summits. They offer wide views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Most of the summits have long approaches, building up the anticipation. In the winter, with snow-capped mountains and dramatic clouds and sunlight, the reward is even more impressive.
There are also times when you get to a summit and can see the bulk of the hike just completed, giving a sense of accomplishment.