On our second day in the Adirondacks, we were ready to do some hiking. Jennifer had the brilliant plan to make pancakes for breakfast, so we were plenty fueled up for some cardio. The weather was absolutely gorgeous in the morning, so we really lucked out. (Catch up: Day 1)
As anyone who’s been to Upstate NY knows, there’s no shortage of hiking opportunities. Choosing which mountain to climb was a little overwhelming! We decided on Mt. Jo, which is considered a “beginners” hike, although halfway up both of us were questioning that classification, as it was definitely quite the scramble. (However we did pass an entire class of elementary age children AND a family that had their grandmother in tow, so make of that what you will.)
My memory is failing me, but I think it took us about an hour and a half to make it to the summit. This region of the Adirondacks is considered the High Peaks region, with 46 peaks that are over 4000 ft. While not a high peak at only 2877 ft, Mt. Jo offers a breathtaking view of the “real” mountains.
Reaching the summit of a mountain is such a rewarding experience, especially after all that hard work to get there. Basking in the sun, we had a little picnic while taking in the view.
Check back for Part 3!