I couldn’t miss this one if I tried – the Warriors’ Watch and A Hero’s Welcome did a ‘mug & hug’ for Sgt. Sean Petrondi in West Chester, to his Aunt’s house across the street from mine.
Wanting to finish my summer off in style, I made one last 800-mile drive to climb more mountains. Wanting to satiate my inner masochist, I chose a day hike of the 5-peak Dix Range.
Iterations of this hike have been planned and scrapped since July, with the latest one a proposed Colvin-Blake-Nippletop-Dial hike. The previous day’s over-hiking scrapped the 4-peak plan in favor of a more modest straight up-and-back over these two, allowing if nothing else an extra hour of sleep.
Wright, Algonquin, and Iroquois were the three best back-to-back-to-back peaks we’ve enjoyed in the Adirondacks.
Here is a quirky hodgepodge of my Friday afternoon at the 2012 Corvettes at Carlisle event.
Getting some time with my Nikkor 200mm f/4 macro in my back yard.
I decided that some of the shots from my excellent vacation could use a black & white film emulation. These are digital shots converted to b&w with a (real) TMax 400 film texture.
We had already completed two hikes which to us were special – our one-way traverse of Gothics & Sawteeth and our first “unmaintained” hike up Street & Nye. After making them both easily, our new 46er mentors gave us a new challenge, for a secret passage up the back of Phelps Mountain.
Having successfully navigated a one-way traverse of Gothics & Sawteeth, and with the encouragement of our new 46er mentors, we decided to hike our first “unmaintained” trail to Street Mountain and Nye Mountain.
Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet, is the highest mountain in the Adirondacks. It is also the most hiked of the 46 high peaks, which is a little odd to me since it is a 14.6-mile round trip taking the usual way from the Adirondack Loj (pronounced ‘lodge’).
We made it fairly easily up to 4,173-foot Lower Wolfjaw which offered better views on the way than on the top, and then went back down-and-up to get to 4,173-foot Upper Wolfjaw. After lunch on Upper Wolfjaw, we easily had enough in us to make it down-and-up again to 4,400-foot Armstrong.
Wanting to ease into 2012, we decided that our first hike was up 4,240-foot Big Slide. The scenery on the hike up to Big Slide was varied and had enough climbing to be interesting and challenging.
The Warriors’ Watch and A Hero’s Welcome welcomed home Navy Corpsman Alex Poli today. About 40 bikes (and a dozen cars) rolled in to Corpsman Poli’s party just to say Thank You and Welcome Home!
The Warriors’ Watch and A Hero’s Welcome showed up for our famous ‘mug & hug’ for LCpl. Thomas Buseman, who is home on leave from Afghanistan.