Daniel (HikerDan), Brian (SummitHat), John (MtnManJohn), and I left Upper Works at 7:15 AM on a cool and sunny morning. The recent rains did a good job of replenishing the Calamity Brook trail's famous mud. We met a group of hikers near the Henderson Memorial and did a few permutations of group-photos.
|Brian at Flowed Lands.|
The view of Mount Colden from the Colden Dam was textbook perfect. The Opalescent was running well and its waterfalls were in full. More mud greeted our feet near Uphill Brook.
|Fishing for photos along the Opalescent River.|
|No bad views today.|
|Gen one GPS? Tivo? Digital divining rod?|
|John looking northeast on Skylight's summit.|
|John, Brian, Daniel, and moi.|
There had been talk of heading to Cliff to add a 36th notch to Dan's belt. Upon reaching the Redfield/Cliff junction, he decided to leave Cliff for another day. The extra time needed for Cliff would cause an uncomfortably late return home; Cliff will wait for him. To give Dan a sample of what's in store, John led him farther along to experience the herd-path's copious mud. Upon their return, John's freshly muddied boots said it all.
We stopped at Flowed Lands for a break and I wandered off to the lean-to to chat with its occupants. One of their group, allegedly shod in "wrestling shoes", arrived and I recognized him from earlier in the day. He was an aspiring 46er who we had congratulated on Gray and Skylight (28 peaks if I'm not mistaken). Before long, the black flies interest in me became difficult to ignore. At about the same moment, Dan informed me the others had already left. Off we went to catch up with our buddies.
Back at the trail-head we all agreed it had been an enjoyable day and we briefly discussed doing other hikes in the future. We retreated to our respective cars to clean up and, with the exception of Brian who was heading to Schroon Lake, begin the long drive back home to Ottawa, Montreal, and Albany. Although we live many miles apart, we are drawn together by the siren call of the Adirondacks.
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