Bald Mountain. Inlet, NY
I feel like this post is going to be long enough to be a short book. So be prepared.
Our drive to Inlet took about 2.25 hours. It didn't seem that long because we Hiking Chicks are always talking about something and the time really does seem to pass quickly.
When we pulled into the trailhead parking lot, there must have been at least 40 cars. That translates into a LOT of people when you consider there are usually at least three people in each car. It was kind of like going into a Starbuck's: people in, people out, people squeezing past each other, etc. The hike is 1 mile each way with about 500 ft. rise in elevation, so not too strenuous.
Lots of rock face and tree roots though.
On our last hike I neglected to take photos of the few people we encountered. I don't know, I guess I wasn't in the zone, so this time I was determined to pursue my project of photographing people we met along the trail. It wasn't difficult since it seemed like there were hundreds of people going every which way (just a slight exaggeration).
|"What does your shirt say?" It says, "I used up all my sick days, so I|
called in DEAD!" "We're with a group and we're from Oneida"
Getting ready to get back on the trail after a short break.
Part of the rocky trail.
|"Where are you from?" Each one named a different place and the only|
one I could remember by the time I wrote it down was Penfield.
This group passed us going up and then we saw them going down too. There were more of them, but by the time I had my wits about me to take their photo, the others had gone on ahead and didn't want to come back. I was so impressed that she carried the baby on her chest like that the entire way.
|We're from Canadaigua. (Canadaigua is on the western side of the Finger Lakes of NY)|
The reward was the refurbished fire tower at the top. There were several places along the top half of the hike where you could get great views of the lakes below, and the views from the base of the fire tower were awesome too. But up at the top of the tower, wow!
I love taking photos from the tower. This one was a little shorter than the others we've climbed~~only 45 steps compared to 81 and 97. But it was great for taking photos of the people below.
Mary Lou is always ready with a smile.
These two guys were walking alongside the tower and on the other side was quite a sharp drop. It was really beautiful to look at, but I don't think the photo does justice to the magnitude of the terrain.
A little frivolity on the way down.
We talked with this group for quite a while but I guess I forgot to record any of the info. I think they were from out of the area, but had cabins in the vicinity.
After we finished the hike we got our eclairs from Mary's Bakery, sat in the shade and enjoyed the decadent desserts. Then we walked to a beach area and sat for quite a while enjoying the beautiful weather while people-watching.
It was really a fantastic day.