Good Times, Bad Times

April 27, 2010 · 2 comments

They’re all good times.  Life is good, dear reader – even when things ain’t what I’d like them to be.  My scratched cornea from that hike a couple of months ago somehow got re-opened this past weekend.  I took the day off from work on Monday and went in around 4PM on Tuesday.  It was wicked painful Sunday night and most of Monday, but it’s been bearable today.  I was supposed to have a date on Tuesday night (tonight), but had to cancel because I can’t drive all that well and I don’t really think an eyepatch is proper first-date garb.  I have another appointment with the opthamologist on Wednesday; hopefully he’ll take the pressure patch off.

Whatever, it’s just a bump in the road.  Another bump in the road was the dude backing into my car at the rest area on the Thruway while I was driving home from the ‘dacks with one eye.  He was driving a Toyota Rav4 and all that plastic his car is made of didn’t fare too well.  I have some scratches on my bumper and a dent in my trunk.  Hopefully the dent will pop right out, but I kind of doubt it.  No biggie; I’ll see what his insurance can do for me.

Bumps in the road – that’s all they are.  Once upon a time, any of these things might have been enough to send me into a tailspin, but they really haven’t bothered me overmuch.  I’m still cruising along.

So:  to the hike trip report:

I left work around 4:30 on Friday and drove up to the Adirondacks.  I met my buddy Joe at the South Meadows parking area (at around 10PM) and we drove my car the .9 miles to Adirondack Loj.  We then hiked in to one of the lean-tos at Marcy Dam and camped.  It was around 22 or 24 degrees on Friday night and I was pretty cold, despite all my precautions.  It was closer to 28/30 on Saturday night and I was fine, so I think that’s probably my temperature floor for camping.

We got up Saturday morning and set out on our hike:  Wright and Algonquin, and possibly Iroquois.  We hiked like backpackers all day – which is to say that we took our time and talked to just about everyone we met on the trail.  Normally, we hike like peakbaggers:  almost in a rush; the whole point being to get up and down the mountain so that we can check it off our list.

We ended up bagging all three mountains, returning through Avalanche Pass.  It was a great day.  Around 12 or 13 miles altogether.  The conditions were pretty rugged; we were mostly walking on exposed rock or a ‘monorail’ of packed snow and ice (what was left of the snowshoe trails from this winter).

I took a few videos – here’s the one from the summit of Wright:

And here’s the one from Algonquin:

In this one, I think I point out the mountain just to the right of Lake Placid as Mount Marcy.  This is incorrect, it’s actually Whiteface.

And finally, Iroquois:

It was a gorgeous day – we had pretty decent 360-degree views from the summits of all three mountains.

I’m pretty beat right now; this has been a long week so far, so I’m going to stick with the “1000 words” thing (though I don’t know how many words a video is worth) and call this a post.

Again, life is good.  I have no idea how I managed to re-open my scratched cornea, but I’m grateful it didn’t interfere (much) with the hike on Saturday or the drive home on Sunday.  And my date has been re-scheduled for this Friday, so all is right with the world.

I need to put together a trip report for the ADK High Peaks Forum anyway, but that’ll have to wait until later on in the week.

Peace out, yo.

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Brian April 28, 2010 at 09:38

I guess sometimes you have to slow down for those speed bumps even when you’re living life in the fast lane.

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SoloJoe April 28, 2010 at 10:47

The Mini took a hit in a rest area? Oh, man, what a bummer. I hope the insurance co. pays up. … I also hope your eye recovers soon; I know how you feel, as I’ve also got a corneal abrasion. Morning sunlight on it is the worst. Blame it on bushwhacking in the Catskills.

Otherwise, great stuff. I had an awesome time this weekend. You’re an exceptional hiking partner. Those 360 views from all three peaks were epic. Love the videos, too, Francis Ford. Nice work. Rock on, brotha!

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