You can almost see Lee. This was the view for most of the ascent.
I was really hurting at the top, and knew the trip back to the car was going to be tough. I was doing OK for the first 4 miles, but then things started to go south fast, and it seemed like the last 4 miles were all up hill. But, we made it back, it was dark,but we made it. I can say I have never been that shattered before, I was not looking forward to hiking again on Sunday.
We Went into Lake Placid for dinner then to our room for some much needed sleep. After a fine breakfast at the Noonmark, we made the drive to Mt. Stratton in Vermont. This was going to be a much easier day. The only negative was the wind, and the snow squaw at the start. The hike was 7 miles round trip with only 1700' of gain. Not very steep compared to the day before. We actually made quick work of it. At the top there was a fire tower, even though the wind was blowing hard we climbed it. Up on the tower you could feel the 65-75mph gusts, I always had 2 hands on the railing.
The descent was pretty easy then it was time for the long drive home. I pulled into my driveway at 9:00pm. We crammed a lot into a very short period of time. I still haven't recovered from it.
Looking forward to New Hampshire in March. I hope to squeeze something in between now and then.