This past summer @toesalad and I were given a financial gift from my parents for our 20th wedding anniversary. We discussed "things" we might want to buy with that money, but decided instead to use it to seed a "outdoors getaway" fund.
Our kids are old enough now that they don't need to go everywhere with us (nor do they want to!) so @toesalad and I will be taking weekend trips, every 2 months or so, through the coming school year to explore the outdoors together.
For us, this is a perfect way to celebrate 20 years of marriage.
Our first getaway is a three day fall backpacking trip in the Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness, a couple hours from our home in Montreal.
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Crossroads at the north end of the Avalanche Pass Trail.
We stopped here for a snack and saw quite a few people walk through. As you get to the lower elevations and along the main hiking routes you realize how many people are out here, which is mostly a good thing, if people have the common sense and decency to practice LNT camping.
Leaving Lake Arnold.
Lake Arnold is a bit a misnomer, pond is more like it.
This was a pretty spot to camp for the night after coming down Mount Colden but there was quite a bit of toilet paper around and other unmentionables near our campsite. Yuck.
We camped here for the night because we met a hiker earlier in the day who said this was his favorite place to camp in the whole area. I don't know enough about the High Peaks Wilderness to comment on that. In my opinion, it was nice but not exactly spectacular.