The Adirondacks: Part 1

Day 1: South Meadows Parking Area to John’s Brook Lodge | 5.3 Miles

From my backpacking notes … 🙂

“It’s beautiful here – far more beautiful than I imagined. The Adirondack Mountains are huge, and the scenery is like nothing else I’ve seen – like pictures from a book. We drove by waterfalls gushing right out of the cliffs beside us, and people rock-climbing up the sides of steep bald rock faces.

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The four of us {Daddy, David, Bethany and I} drove 5 hours from Scranton PA this morning. The rest of the family drove up to New Hampshire for the week, to visit with {friends}. We arrived at the parking lot around 2:45 pm, after driving a long dirt road lined with cars. It’s obviously Labor Day Weekend and the whole world is out here day-hiking lol!

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Our hike in was pretty easy – 5.3 miles from the South Meadows parking lot to John’s Brook Lodge {where we refilled our water-bottles and said hello to a few happy campers}, and then another short walk across the river and down the trail to our lean-to. The trail was not especially scenic or difficult, but tomorrow the real mountain-climbing adventures begin!

About 2 miles in we realized that someone had left all of the cheese {and the cookie and oatmeal cream pie David baked for tonight’s dinner} in the cooler, in the car. Apparently everyone thought someone else was responsible for collecting it … looks like we will have to do without about half of 3 lunches this week. I’m hungry just thinking about it. 😛

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The lean-to is the way to go! There are a lot of people in the lodge tonight, but we have this quiet little secluded area in the woods to ourselves + an outhouse. Everything is very neat and tidy; the lean-to is swept clean and about chair-height off the ground which makes it ideal for sitting on the edge at dinner time.

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For dinner we had freeze-dried Pasta Primavera + hot chocolate. There’s a cool rushing river just down the hill which felt delicious on our tired, sore feet, and provided a nice spot for dinner! The sound of the water trickling over rocks is very peaceful – it brings back fond memories from many past backpacking trips.

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We have seen quite a few people head down the trail across the river. It is dark now, but one gal came through asking for directions.

Tomorrow we head up to Bushnell Falls {a short and easy 1.8 mile hike}, and then day hike from there to Mount Haystack. I’m excited about this beautiful, wild place and ready to make the most of our upcoming adventures!

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Ready to turn in early tonight! I’m wearing Sore Muscle Salve {just in case I wake up with sore shoulders}, Peppermint Lip Balm, and Peppermint Essential Oil. My congestion is clearing up, and I have only a very little cough, despite eating some dairy and sugar on the way up {a highlight of any trip of course!}. I’m grateful to be feeling so well {especially as yesterday I was wrestling with whether or not I should come on this trip}. God is good to me!”

Part 2

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