I signed up for a Triple Cities Hiking Club‘s annual camping trip to Sharp Bridge Campground in the Adirondacks primary because I love the area. At first, I did not realize what this trip was about. Then I started receiving emails about possible hikes and it became obvious that it was about conquering High Peaks. Now I know, there are 46 of them! Many members of the club return to this trip to check another one off their list. Actually on this trip the president of the club, Jeffrey, completed his list! I did not want to be a loser so I was hoping to fine one for me too. I listened to what experienced hiker recommended and decided to climb Cascade Mountain, number 36 in order of height, considered to be the easiest and one of the prettiest climbs.
Luckily, I did not have to do it alone. I joined Vincent, his wife Judith, and their lovely granddaughter, Maya. We agreed not to push ourselves and take time to enjoy the surroundings. It was maybe the easiest hike but definitely not easy! It was a constant climb on a very rocky terrain. I kept my eyes on the ground, but I able to talk to Judith and Vincent. It was a pleasure to get to know them. They are married 42 years and still going strong.
The summit offered outstanding views of the Adirondacks. We took a long break there for a well-deserved lunch. It was still early, so we made a decision to hike to another high peak – Porter Mountain. It was not even a mile away and almost on the same elevation. We thought it would be easy. Wrong! It was constantly up and down and rocky. The path suddenly ended without spectacular view but we were able to see Cascade Mountain from there. Going down was easier on the heart but not on the joints and toes. I ended up with bruises under my toenails.
After the hike, I decided to treat myself with a good meal at Crowne Plaza Resort in Lake Placid. What a beautiful place it is. The food was good but the architecture and the location were spectacular. I was so tired, it crossed my mind to stay there. I had a free night I could have used from my IHG loyalty club, but like a true girl scout I returned to the campground.
Majority of hikers were already back and ready to party. There was a lot good food and even a cake for Jeffrey for his outstanding achievement. I could not believe that these people were still going after 10-13 miles of strenuous hiking. They were even dancing! I enjoyed the party and stories from the trails. I would like to return next year. I have only 44 peaks to go!