Scarface Mountain Hike

Last week, my dad and I hiked Scarface. This is our 5th our of the 6 to complete the Saranac 6. The hike was not my favorite, there were almost no views, but we both knew that going into it. Unfortunately, this was more checking a box. Don’t get me wrong, we did enjoy the hike and it wasn’t difficult, I just love to see the views.

The hike was about 8 miles, and there was one overlook ledge. After that, it was another half mile or so to the summit, which was surrounded by trees and marked with a small white disc on a tree.

Scarface Mountain

Look on the tree to the right, about 3/4 up the photo and you should see the white disc. This was the summit. Nothing overwhelming, that’s for sure. And here is the view from the lookout.

Scarface Mountain

Even though it wasn’t much, it was beautiful up there.

We have one left to complete – McKenzie, which is the tallest of the 6 and the longest. Though, McKenzie does have views! I expect to complete this in the next couple of weeks!

After that, I’m off to complete the 46 high peaks. This is a goal I’ve set for myself – and I want it.

Spring Is Finally Here!

This is not much of a travel related post, I just returned from Aruba and am settling back in at work. Next planned trip is London and Paris at the end of August, 104 days to be exact. I’m hoping there might be some random trips here and there for a day or two in-between, but that is my next planned vacation.

And back here in good old Northern NY, it finally feels like spring. I can take the dog outside in shorts and not freeze to death. The sun was shining bight this morning and its already 50 degrees. Unfortunately, I’ll be inside working until 6 – but – Thursday is my next planned hike!

My dad and I will be hiking Scarface in the Adirondacks, this is our 5th of the 6 Saranac 6er mountains. Hopefully we can conquer the 6th one in the next couple weeks. A year ago, I never would have saw myself being where I am – but I could not be happier.

On that note – don’t settle. You are worth it. Always push for what you want in life, go do what you want to do. Make no compromises on your happiness. There is someone out there for you who doesn’t make anything feel like a compromise, because you are a team.

All About Aruba

Well, I’m back from Aruba. And what an amazing trip! The island is beautiful. Absolutly stunning. The beaches were just as you would have thought – white sand and turquoise waters.

This was my first time going to an all-inclusive resort, and I really did enjoy it. The hotel – Holiday Inn Resort Aruba – was lovely. The hotel is on a quarter mile of Palm Beach with three seperate towers, multiple restaruants and three pools.  The service was also amazing. The waiters were very attentive and the bar staff remembered you.

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Beach front at the hotel

We did a couple differetn activities when we were there. First, we rented motorized scooters. Let me tell you – these are hard to turn! I ended up falling and eating in hard in a traffic circle, got a little banged up but nothing more than brusies. It was still a neat activity, and allowed you to get around the popualted parts of the island.

Second, we went on a snorkel trip with Jolly Pirates, which was a blast. There were three snorkel stops along with an open bar and lunch served. The ship resembeld an old pirate ship, which was really neat. At the final stop, they had a rope swing and let people “walk the plank,” I highly reccomend this activity!

The final excursion was a UTV ride around the island. This was my favorite thing we did, I loved seeing the different parts of the island, much of which is a desert. We started at the lighthouse and went to the chapel, natural birdge and the nautral pool. The natural pool was by far my favorite thing on the island. It’s in a remote part of the national park, and is only accessible by 4×4 vehicles. Here’s some photos of the natural pool.


The water was clear as can be, though the day we went it was overcast, but still warm. Overall, the vacation was simply amazing. Aruba was a great trip and I’d go back in a heartbeat! Countdown to Europe is on, only 106 more days!

Here are some of my favorite photos. Check out all of them here.

Aruba 2018

Aruba 2018

Aruba 2018

Aruba 2018

Wolf Lake State Forrest Hike

Yesterday was the first really nice day we’ve had. It actually felt like Spring, and even Summer! (The day before was decent, I had to work.) My dad, my dog Riley and I went for a hike. We didn’t do a mountain, but did a loop around some lakes.

Here’s a view of the trail we did. We started at the parking area, and headed to Huckleberry Lake. This was a beautiful lake hidden out here. There was a lean to at each of the lakes as well. The trail was decently well marked, and in good shape. There were a few trees that had fallen we had to work our way around. Once we went past Huckleberry lake and headed to Moon Lake, we decided to just head back to the parking area on the loop instead of making the trek to Wolf Lake.

Wolf Lake State Forrest
Wolf Lake State Forrest
Wolf Lake State Forrest

Starting off on the trail back, we noticed the water seemed to be really high, and soon enough it had engulfed the trail. The actual markers were only inches above the water. We had to improvise and go above the water, but stay close enough to find the trail where the water was lower.

We were really off the trail, and it was a bit frustrating, and exhausting. We found the trail again and then realized the water was high due to a beaver dam! It was a tall dam, the water was pushed back about 8 feet high than it would have been without it. The next half mile or so was the same way, there were 4 more dams down the river that had messed with the trail, in some cases, I think the tress that had the markers had been taken down by the beavers! It was a neat site to see, I even got to see an actual beaver.

Here are some photos of the dam and the damage cased by it. If you look closely, in some of the shots you can see the trail markers either just above the water, or destroyed on the ground.

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Finally, we made it back to the car. Overall, it was a nice escape and a great way to spend a beautiful day outside. One week from tomorrow I’ll be on my way to Aruba!

Check out all the photos from the hike here.

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