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Prospect. Mt. "Burn Off The Cookies" Hike ~ Dec 28, 2014

Journal entry by Kurt Wisell



A last minute invitation to attend a "Burn-Off-The-Christmas-Cookies-Hike" On Prospect Mountain compelled six amply cookie-fattened, though repentant, Crooked Canes to come out for day of burning the sugar out of their engines that proved, in spite of a lousy weather forecast, to be a welcome addition to their Holiday festivities and a whole lot of fun. Overnight rain, having ended shortly after 9.00 am gave way to hints of sun through occasionally thinning clouds by the time we started out from the Lake George Rec Area parking lot at ten. The going was great for the first hour or so as we enjoyed walking on packed wet snow and bare ground with a few remnants of ice to hold our attention. The waterfall above the lean to, in terrific form from the rain and snowmelt, by itself could have made the day and served to prime our anticipation like visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads of delights that might lie ahead. Climbing onward, the trail passing through a rocky ravine and a flatter section above before reaching the summit parking lot, our attention was held by an delightful slog through significantly deeper, soggier snow, lots of running water, blowdown and trees bent low across the trail by a recent storm. Warmed by our efforts, we took a quick breather and water break before heading up the path to the summit for lunch. Adding layers of clothing at the summit to prevent chilling while taking in the view everyone agreed our hike so far had been an effective cookie burner as we sat down and enjoyed our healthy veggies, humus sandwiches on whole grain bread and water. When the last bite was bit, Despicable Denis pounced on the moment to reveal a bag of cookies resulting in groans all around (and more than one whispered "Oh Yeah, I'll have a couple!"). Running out of volunteers in our group, Denis spotted a group of four "They'll-Be-Canes-In-40-Years"age folks, one in shorts and sneakers, convincing them of truth in a belief held dear by all Adirondack residents that beer is better with Christmas cookies. Cookies gone, Denis relieved that his cookie secret was out in the open, Clair proud she made it all the way to the summit without losing her poles, we continued on, down Big Hollow Road. The top third of the trip down was packed by snowmobile traffic and sporadically slick, resulting in the micro spikes coming out; the middle third was rutted from machinery having recently been there to repair power line storm damage and to keep us sharp when we're tired; the lower third was its usual pleasant, warm, easy downhill stroll above a stream with many views of falls, pools and cascades made spectacular by the high water. Claire, Kirk,Denis, Shelly and Margie, thanks so much for your very pleasant company today!

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A svelte looking sixsome of Canes if there ever was one!



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