Whiteface and Esther Mountains

Last week, I hiked 2 more high peaks. This time it was Whiteface and Esther! My dad and I hiked from the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, to Esther, then up to Whiteface. What a view. I’ve been to the top of Whiteface twice before via the road to the top, this was the first hike. And it could not have been a more perfect day, the weather was perfect and views were endless. Check out all the photos here. I’m not sure where the next hike will be, but hopefully soon! Enjoy some photos!

 

 

Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain

Big Slide Mountain

Thursday, my dad and I hiked Big Slide Mountain, the 27th highest peak in the Adirondacks. It has to be one of my favorite, if not my top hike I’ve done. Mostly because of the seemingly endless views. We started early, about 9:15, but that meant we had to leave at 530 am! Finished just after 5 pm, but we didn’t rush at all. All Trails said the hike was 7.6 miles, I ended at just over 9 by time you zig zag down and up the rocks. Just over 3000 feet in elevation gain as well.

Overall, not a terribly difficult hike, you do start the ascent from the start, and it does level out quite a bit once you get up there. We took the trail over The Brothers, and that’s where the amazing views started. I can’t emphasize enough how great the views are. Saw two snakes, which is two to many for me. Right before the summit there were some “stairs” that had been placed there so you could actually get up the rock, I am thankful for them, but I had quite the mental problem trying to go down them, but hey, I did it.

Now enjoy these photos. Check out the whole album here. Nearly all of them were taken with my new camera. I have a very nice Nikon DSLR, but it is heavy and not very portable. I purchased a Canon Powershot G9X Mark II, which is a great point and shoot, perfect for trips like this one and future ones, like London and Paris!

Big Slide Mountain
The stairs mentioned above.

 

Big Slide Mountain
Gothics Mountain is straight head, in the middle.

 

Big Slide Mountain
Pano from the Summit

 

Big Slide Mountain
View from the Second Brother

 

Big Slide Mountain
A close up of Gothics

 

Big Slide Mountain
View from one of the Brothers

 

The Europe Countdown: London

81 Days until I’m off to London and Paris! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I still can’t believe I actually booked this trip for myself, almost a year ago. I remember booking it on a complete whim, while at work, just thinking how I need to do something for myself. And here we are, 81 days until I leave. So, I was thinking I’d dedicate a few posts to the pre-trip, places I’ll be going and what I’ll be doing. This post is dedicated to London. I’ll be there for three days.

Places I’ll See

We’re going to take a bus tour around the city to see a lot of the major sights, and get a lot of time to walk around on foot. We do get one entirely free day in London, and one the excursions I signed up for is going to see Oxford. Here’s a quick list:

  • London Bridge
  • Westmiste Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Big Ben
  • Oxford

I’d love any suggestions of other places to check out in my free time! Or places that you have to eat at. When in Oxford, we do get to take a river cruise which will be a great experience too. After three days in London, we take the Eurostar to Paris for another three days. I’ve already been assigned a tour director, and should get flight information next month!

A Day In Boston

Yesterday, we came home from Boston. Even thought we really only had one full day there, it was a nice trip. The weather wasn’t the greatest, but all that matter is the game went on – and it did!

IMG_1686 We started out the morning with breakfast at The Paramount, a small restaurant near Beacon Hill in Boston. We both ordered the chocolate Boston cream pancakes, and they were delicious!

After breakfast, we walked around some, stopped in some shops before heading to the Prudential Center. I’ve been here before, and gone to the top for the amazing views from the sky of the city. Even though the sun wasn’t out, there were still great views.

 

 

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In the top photo you see Boston towards the harbor. In the bottom center of the photo, you can see the blue bridge looking thing, that’s the finish line for the Boston Marathon, which is happening Monday! It was really neat to see the finish line getting ready for the race. Workers were setting up bleachers as well as other structures for the race. In the Botton photo, you can see Fenway and the iconic Citgo sign, a staple of Boston.

IMG_1696 After this, we went down to the harbor area and sought out a place for lunch. We ended up going to the original Regina Pizza, located in the North End. All they served was pizza, and it was really good pizza.

After pizza, we went to find a great cannoli place, which the area has plenty of. There are a lot of great Italian bakeries in the area. We went to Mike’s Pastry, a short walk from the pizza shop, and the cannoli was simply amazing!

After that, we started getting ready to go to Fenway. The game was great, Boston beat the Yankees 14 – 1. We stopped at a bar near Fenway before the game, it was packed, then stopped at another one after. It was a little rainy before the game, but it stopped just in time. Here’s some shots of Fenway.

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Counting Down To Aruba

Only 24 more days until I’m off to Aruba! I’m not too sure what we will be doing on this trip, I know we’re going out on ATV’s on the island, but beyond that, I’m going to enjoy the beautiful views. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, and taking advantage of the all-inclusive. The hotel is located right on Palm Beach, we booked an oceanfront room.

We will be there for an entire week, and I cannot wait to get away! Right now, the weather here feels like winter instead of Spring! Here are some more shots of the hotel. Tomorrow I’m off to Boston for a couple days, stay tuned for a post!

View from Ocean Front room

Winter Hike: Azure Mountain

Last month, I hiked my first mountain in the winter. I was prepared, and it was not a long hike at all. I hiked Azure Mountain, in the Adirondacks. The hike was only 2 miles round trip, and had a firetower at the top. The weather was a little chilly and overcast. Once we reached the summit, it was incredibly windy, we didn’t stay up for long. Enough to get some photos and enjoy the view.

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018

Being out in the Adirondacks made me wish for spring and summer, I cannot wait to get up on more high peaks this year! This mountain was not difficult at all, and honestly would have been cake if there wasn’t snow. I had micro spikes on, which was incredibly helpful going down. I only slipped and fell once, which isn’t too bad!

Here are some more photos of the hike, enjoy! (All photos were taken with my iPhone X, I didn’t bring my camera along.)

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018
View from the fire-tower

 

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018
Azure Mountain Views

 

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018
Azure Mountain Views