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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ADK Vacation Road Trip #2
Silly me...I forgot to mention yesterday that 2 days after my drive to Tupper Lake I discovered there was a quilt store in town. It was too far to drive back again so I've saved it on my to do list for next summer :)
On Wednesday of my trip, I got up early (OK, actually I was awake every day of my trip by 6am...go figure!) and headed off for Black Bear Mountain which is right next to Rocky Mountain that I climbed last September.
I neglected to look up online information on BBM before my trip. I had checked a couple cheap maps but had I looked it up online I would have known that there were 2 trails at this trail head so while I can guess that I climbed the longer/muddier trail which is a 6.2 mile round trip, it's really any one's guess.
The trail was intermingled with muddy spots and dry areas. There were also steep rocky/root covered sections and then actual rock face climbs. Some, like this vertical climb luckily had foot and hand holds. Others were more or less rounded rock surfaces that took advantage of shoe friction to keep you in place.
Yup - just climbed this vertical rock face.
At one point in the hike, I heard a funny single tap. I heard it again and began walking more slowly. Eventually I figured out it was a woodpecker testing various trees and stood there looking for him. Boy was I thrilled to discover it was a pileated woodpecker! Sadly, he didn't stick around long.
Eventually I made it to the top of BBM - It's not a great shot of the view but I think my grin is pretty snarky because it reflects my attitude of "Hell Yeah, I made it to the top!" It had only taken 1.5 hours of heat, sweat, muscle and bugs to get up there!
The views continued forever and after exploring some of the boulders at the top of the mountain I found a little shade and got to work :)
I enjoyed almost 2 hours alone at the top of the mountain but headed down once it got "crowded." It was a little harrowing going down some of the rock faces...some I backed down since it otherwise felt like going down a ladder face first with no railings. My legs were pretty wobbly the whole hike down due to the grade, rocks and roots to manuever. I was never so happy to reach my car.
Tomorrow will probably be my last road trip report...I think I can get all the photos in one post...