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Looking towards Mt. Arab From the edge of Piercefield as we drive in at dawn

Looking towards Mt. Arab From the edge of Piercefield as we drive in at dawn

So we just got back from another fun ADK trip. New baby, new camper…it was great!  And for the first time ever on a trip to the ADK’s for us…it didn’t rain once!  We hiked to the top of Hurricane Mt. the first afternoon, which was probably a bit ambitious as we were tired from driving all night.  Then we ate at the Lake Placid HoJo’s for dinner, as we were well exausted from the day of hiking.  The next day we finally got to drive up to the summit of Whiteface.  Every time we have wanted to do that we always had to delay because of clouds or rain.  It was fun, and the kids liked seeing the “Castle” at the top.  We then drove over to Paul Smiths, where we visited their farmer’s market on the college green, and bought some ADK roasted coffee and some sourdough bread.  Lots of fun, yummy stuff at the market that day!  I was inspired by some needle felted pumpkins and acorns I saw there and came home and made some with the kids last week.  We took in the Paul Smiths’s VIC the rest of that day, which the kids really enjoyed.  The asked this evening, while hiking, if we could go back there specifically!  On our last full day we played around in the water…first at the gorges, ponds and falls at Wilmington Notch, which was where we camped, and then in the mountain lakes nearby as we hiked up to them, Copperas Pond mainly.  Of course I didn’t get in much on the water action…too cold for me and baby!  But the kids and Steve went all out.  We stopped at Taylor Pond for a quick hike before we left and even made it to Niagara falls on the way home.  Whew!  I am tired just thinking about it! 

Not even 24 hours into it and we have a major snake catch and release!

Not even 24 hours into it and we have a major snake catch and release!

Breastfeeding...it's so portable!  (Top of Hurricane Mt.)

Breastfeeding...it's so portable! (Top of Hurricane Mt.)

Handknit by Sarah...we love the hat and Louisa got a lot of compliments on it all weekend!

Handknit by Sarah...we love the hat and Louisa got a lot of compliments on it all weekend!

Looky Grandma,  I am sitting on the top of the mountain!

Looky Grandma, I am sitting on the top of the mountain!

Looking for pitcher plants along the Boreal Life trail at Paul Smiths VIC

Looking for pitcher plants along the boreal life trail at Paul Smiths VIC

Beaver lodge...almost at eye level from the trail, near our camp

Beaver lodge...almost at eye level from the trail, near our camp

Swimming in Copperas Pond, a wash bowl about 1.5 miles up the mountain

Swimming in Copperas Pond, about 1.5 miles up the mountain

....and more than a few big ones, too!

Just one of our amphibious adventures of the weekend!

A worthy grand finale to another NY trip!

A worthy grand finale to another NY trip!

Worth Noting:  Hazel says to me, upon our arrival at Niagara Falls…”I thought you said it was going to be big?!”  WHAT??????
Oh, and just add it to my already noteworthy list of “Places I Have Breastfed”

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The Adirondacks

A quick post just to point out the picture in my header.  It is a photo taken by me in February 2008 at Heart Lake.  We went snowshoeing here on an overcast and snowy day so the photo is not the best, but appropriate to head up the blog at this time of the year.  We spent 5 days at the Highland Cottage in Lake Placid to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary…sans enfants.  It was very snowy the whole time and one of the most striking things to me about visiting the far north at that time of year (besides of course the indescribable beauty) was the way the road crews practically made an art form out of their efficiency of task.  We have nothing so well done as that here in the city where we live.

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