We started our trip through New York by just making the ferry from Vermont. We were actually a couple of minutes late, but the ferry wasn’t full, so they hadn’t left yet. We crossed the southern portion of Lake Champlain leaving Charlotte and arriving in Essex, New York, where we were greeted by the Old Dock Restaurant, which looked to be closed for the season.
Our goal for the rest of the afternoon was to drive to our hotel in Lake Placid and begin our foray into the Adirondack Mountains. Our upstate New York drive started with a northwest drive through mostly woods, with some towns sprinkled along the way. The drive turned southwest when we reached the Ausable River near Keeseville. The trees along the river were showing off their glorious autumn colors. We stopped at a number of turn-offs along the road to get images of the trees and the river. At one stop, the river was very calm—enough so that I was able to get a reflection of the trees in the water.
Along the Ausable River Autumn on the Ausable RiverAusable River Monument Falls AreaAusable River
The next day we left Lake Placid and travelled southwest through the Adirondacks. It was going to be a long day because we were trying to get to Letchworth State Park before the end of the day. That meant we weren’t going to be able to spend a lot of time in the Adirondacks, but we did have enough time to hike up a couple of mountains.
The first mountain we climbed was Mount Baker, just outside the town of Saranac Lake. The hike was a little less than 2 miles, but it sure seemed longer than that. When we go to the top, we had a good view of Lake Flower and the High Peaks in the distance. Obviously, “high peaks” is relative to the other peaks in the area, and not an absolute measure.
View from Mt. Baker
We drove past many lakes on our way through the mountains, one of which was Tupper Lake. The lake is a fairly large lake (compared to others in the area) and has a number of bays and coves, one being Rock Island Bay. As Highway 30 passed this bay, there was a large car park, providing an opportunity to pull off and take in the beauty. On the other side of the road was a small pond with colorful trees all around.
Rock Island BayTupper Lake, New York
Rock Island Bay II
Our last stop in the Adirondacks was to hike up Rocky Mountain, just outside the town of Inlet. This hike was half as long as the climb up Mount Baker, but we had to do a lot of scrambling up large rocks and boulders. From the top we had a nice view of the Fulton Chain of Lakes.
View from Rocky MountainOverlooking Fulton Chain Lakes
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