My husband started working for the phone company in March of that year so he wasn't eligible for vacation until the first week of October, so that's when we decided to head up to the Adirondacks. It wasn't too far away. Actually from Syracuse it's only about a 2+ hour drive depending on which area of the Mountains you would like to visit.
That year in 1970, we headed up to Lake Placid first for a couple of days and then to Old Forge for a few days. We took the drive up Whiteface Mountain, and I climbed my first mountain in Old Forge: Bald Mountain (click on that link to see photos of it). That was quite a hike for me. At a few points on the (old) trail up the mountain they had a railing that was secured to the rocks to help you get a good footing on the rocks. My husband carried our daughter (10 months old) on his back in a carrier. When we got to the top of the mountain there were two women quite a bit older than me and they had skirts on and 3 inch heels! I could not believe it. Here I was struggling and they were hopping around the big rocks with heels on. At the top of the mountain there was a fire ranger station and from the top of the ranger station the view was magnificent! The fall colors were all a-glow and just incredible. The ranger station is still there (but I haven't been up the mountain in quite awhile).
This first visit to the Adirondacks started our life-long love of the Adirondacks for us. Just about every year we would spend some or all of our vacation time up there. Either the summer, the fall, or both. We went hiking, swimming, water-skiing, boating, fishing, and snow skiing there (not all at the same time though).
We spent several summer vacations camping on the Islands of Indian Lake State Park in the Adirondacks. The camping sites at this State Park are only reached by boat. So we had to pack our tent, sleeping bags, food, dishes, pots & pans, clothes, etc. in the boat and head out to our campsite. We were lucky in that most of the times when we were packing up or unpacking the weather was usually pretty good so you didn't have to worry about your gear getting wet (especially your sleeping bags and clothes). These campsites are referred to as primitive camping. Meaning you have a picnic table, fireplace/pit and outhouse (otherwise known as a pit toilet or privy). When you checked in at the campground office they provided you with a roll of toilet paper and a plastic garbage bag. (As I write this I find it pretty funny now when I look back on it. Actually, I can't believe you have to pay to go camping like this. hahaha)
The first time we went camping in the Adirondacks at Indian Lake, we set up, did a little fishing and then the rains started. It rained for about two days straight. So then we packed up and headed home to dry everything out. Well, it didn't discourage us because we were back up there the following year. Only then, each time we went camping in the Adirondacks, we expected rain. So we packed raincoats and umbrellas. When it rained that's when we usually headed to Speculator to go shopping. But as soon as the sun came out it was time to head back to camp and go swimming or water skiing. We would spend many a night playing card games like Uno, by the light of a bright Coleman lantern.
When camping like this in a wilderness area you have to be mindful of the wild animals like raccoons and bears. We had to secure our food and garbage at our campsite. Ted usually hung our garbage from a rope in a tree, and we stored our food in a camp kitchen that Ted made for this style of camping.
Another area in the Adirondacks that were popular with us was the Moose River Wilderness area. This is a dirt road that extends from Inlet, NY to Indian Lake. The dirt road is several miles long (40 miles +) and in some places extremely rough. You can camp in this area and hike, canoe or kayak, snowmobile, horseback ride (your own horses) and hunt. Here is a link to the Moose River Wilderness area.
|Road in Moose River Wilderness area|
The Adirondack Park covers more than 6 million acres and is the largest park in the lower 48 States. There are over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 1,200 miles of rivers. Approximately 43% of the land in the Adirondack Park is owned by the State, and 57% is privately owned. The area is heavily heavily regulated by the Adirondack Park Agency.
|Moss Lake off of Big Moose Road north of Eagle Bay (can you see the people walking around the lake?)|
We continue our visits to the Adirondacks each year. Sometimes we just go for a drive up there for lunch and enjoy the views.
For additional information on the Adirondack Mountains: Wikipedia Adirondack Mountains and Visit Adirondacks; and a link to Hiking Moss Lake.
Hope you are able to visit some of your areas that offer views of the changing seasons. Each place is unique in its seasonal changes and they all bring us a view of magnificent glory! You have only to look for it -
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Hope you enjoyed your Fall Foliage Tour!
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