How Did I Miss This?
From the indoor life, I arrived to the Adirondacks for a first night of 43 degrees in the tent! Refreshing, and simply one night that was followed by three days of rain. By day 2, I had the entire 12 tent sites to myself for 48 hours and wasn't really minding it. I can walk in the rain and Mother Nature made sure the sunset did not disappoint. That said, I was glad I'd booked a 10-day visit to Tupper Lake as I biked along the Adirondack Trail a few times discovering lakes and rivers, as well as enjoying the Town Park. Word is there's a Rail-to-Trail route planned from Tupper Lake to Saranac Lake and I'm not sure that pleases me. Will this develop the town? I hope not.
When I arrived, I was clueless as to where hiking would take place but learned about the "Tupper Lake Triad" -- three small mountain hikes totaling 7+ miles with 2000+' of elevation gain. The best part was that Coney, Goodman and Mt Arab were all within 30 minutes of my tent. While the mileage seems short, I agree with a gal I met at the Coney peak that "an Adirondack mile is different from most" on the East Coast.
The final gift I was given were camp hosts who were tremendous! There were no rules & regulations posted, and while people were considerate, the hosts were actively managing and keeping everyone happy. A great experience all the way around, and as I drove East toward the Green Mountains of Vermont, it was a scenic tour of small towns and lovely places I hope to return to for a stay.
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