July 29, 2017
Black Bear Mountain was the last of the three Fulton Chain Trifecta peaks Frankie and I needed to climb to complete the challenge, so we've been eager to get back up north since returning from our trip. My car troubles are sorted out, and we finally got some nice weather. Seize the day!
July 22, 2017
When Erin told me she has been searching for good places for Alden to throw rocks in the water, I immediately thought of Clark Reservation State Park. It has been my old reliable, my default spot for short hikes for many many years, because it is close and convenient, and so very cool. Of course, it isn't as close to Erin's house, and she has her own default spots, but it does have a good spot for rock throwing. Apparently they have been trying many different spots near her house with little luck, so Erin was willing to check out Clark.
July 16, 2017
I was looking at my spreadsheet for the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) and realized all my hikes so far in 2017 have been on school days. Since Frankie hadn't been out on the "interstate trail" in so long, we decided to rectify that. I selected a section of the NCT that follows the white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) through Hoxie Gorge State Forest. We accessed the trail via an orange-blazed spur trail on Stone Road that serves as a bypass during the fall when there is a hunting closure on a portion of the trail crossing private property. Parking is along the shoulder of Stone Road and is inconspicuous when approaching from the north; the FLT signs are obscured by vegetation. The spot is much more visible from the south.