My Mountain Man in The Adirondacks

Good-bye Brooklyn!  Heading to the hills.
My city husband is a mountain man at heart.  Danny grew up in Utah and literally had some of the most gorgeous mountains in the country in his backyard.  Mountains are near and dear to his soul.  And he does really miss them here in Brooklyn. 
 Even though we both really love camping, it turns out that until this weekend trip, we had never done it together!  I know, it kind of shocks me!  I think it’s mostly because here in Brooklyn, time is very limited…and space, too.  No camping gear was to be found in this apartment.  But we decided to change that…..

Danny did a bunch of research to get us some gear and prepare us for an overnight hike in the Adirondacks (at Lake Colden in the High Peaks area).  You should have seen him dancing around the house when the boxes came containing our backpacks, sleeping bags, and all the gear.
After hiking for 7 miles up hill, we found a “lean-to” on the mountain
and I took a little nap there (remember our night before?  At this point
I was so exhausted! 🙂  But Danny was so happy to be there that he couldn’t sleep.  When I woke up, our camp was set up and he had dinner all ready.  He just couldn’t wait.  🙂  And, “lean-tos”!!!  Guys, they’re these cute little huts up in the mountains – you can just stay in them if you’d like.  (They don’t have these out West.)


 Danny made us some delicious hiking dinners from freeze dried food – and he even used boiled river water, purified with iodine tablets.  (This all was a first for me!  It actually tasted really good.)


And now let’s talk about hiking attire….I had some wins and I had some mistakes:

Hiking Boots – These things saved me.  Wearing tennis shoes on this hike would have been a huge mistake.  Luckily I had these boots from like 1997 and I’m so glad they’re still around!!! 

Pants – OK, skinny jeans are NOT the best idea for hiking 🙂  Because of all the climbing and activity, I realized it’s best to have a slightly looser, light weight pair of pants.  Also, these pants were a little low fitting and my pack kept pulling them even lower.  Oh my.  Next time I’ll wear pants with a higher waist. 

Layers – I scored here.  I took a cotton jacket and a super warm polar fleece jacket.  This way I could double up, or use either one separately depending on the time of day (or how much I was huffing and puffing up a mountain.  🙂

And here we have two happy campers reading with little headlamps (Danny thought of everything.)

I can’t wait to be in the mountains again with my mountain man.   🙂   🙂

And, so curious about everyone.  Do you guys live in the country – or in the city- and does your heart pull you elsewhere?

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  1. birdie October 17, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I love this! I live in Utah now and after an incredible 3-day backpacking trip this summer in Southern Utah by Hell's Backbone and getting into climbing, I absolutely LOVE the outdoors-there's nothing like it! Your pictures are beautiful-the Adirondacks are now on my bucket list!

  2. Emily October 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I visit Lake Placid often for work. I LOVE the adirondacks!

  3. Marilyn October 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    I grew up in the country, and I think in my heart of hearts, I still really crave it. I've never been in the Adirondacks but have really wanted to go. Your photos have me even more convinced. 🙂 Also, thanks so much for your recent reminders to choose love over anger and kind gestures over escalation. They have been very timely for me.

  4. Sarah October 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Love it! My husband and I both love camping and we've only done it once in two years… It's hard to find a free weekend sometimes. When our tent arrived at our house my husband could have been a ten year old boy he was so excited. I really knew he was excited when he didn't wait two minutes to set up our tent in the living room so we could try it out.

    P.s. I will say I was surprised to see you in what I thought were your royal blue skinny jeans in the first picture of you. We all make those mistakes. I wore sandals (pretty sturdy ones, but still) hiking to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon. BIG MISTAKE! I should have worn skinny jeans and hiking boots!

  5. Thais October 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I'll be the odd one out. This mountain rendezvous is my biggest nightmare. I'm a city or suburb girl. I'd much rather take a trip to the Adirondacks and stay at a sweet resort with a warm comfy bed and food not made with purified water or freezer dried. Heck I don't even enjoy mild camping like girls camp. And don't even get me started on showering! Nope… not a camper. Walks through central park suit me just fine!

  6. April Louise October 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    You two seem so sweet! It looks like to had a successful trip and your photos are beautiful!

  7. Lisette October 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    There is no place my heart is more still than when I am among god's creations.

    • danny October 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Amen to that Lisette!

  8. Jess October 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I live in the heart of Atlanta, but I am a mountain girl all the way. I grew up in Wyoming surrounded by mountains, and I still feel the pull to the west, hoping to move back out there some day. For now, I get away on hiking and camping excursions as much as possible! The south east has some really beautiful places, like the Appalachain Trail and tons of state parks. Looks like you guys had a great little trip!

  9. Dominique October 18, 2012 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos. Especially of the lake.

  10. Bri!!! October 19, 2012 at 4:52 am - Reply

    Your jeans cracked me up! I think it's awesome you wore them, but glad to hear you recognize they aren't the best for backpacking. I always tell people to remember that "cotton kills". Cotton doesn't wick away, and does not help with warmth when wet. What beautiful pictures! My heart longs to be out in that beauty.

  11. Kathryn October 19, 2012 at 6:47 am - Reply

    We've discovered backpacking with our little family – though I must say, seeing your pictures made me think of one thing: my little 3 year old Leta bent over a log throwing up her freeze dried hiker diner. We had a lot of fun though and plan to go often while our kids are growing up. Just hopefully next time we go it is with healthy kids.

  12. katie October 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    We live in the city, but get out aaaany chance we get! I even spend most of my lunch breaks outside just to get a little more oxygen!

    Also- where'd you find that cute hat?

    • mara October 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      I got the hat at Muji a few years ago. Danny has one, too, and we love the fit.

  13. Melody October 20, 2012 at 3:15 am - Reply

    love all the natural photos and real moments in this post 🙂

  14. Danielle October 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Hey Mara,
    Just abosolutely gorgeous pictures. I wanna go there!! Just Stunning. So I live in an adorable little town that I love. But I oh so love the country. My parents have a few acres in the country just six miles from my house, but what a difference in beauty.

  15. Vanessa October 25, 2012 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Ahhh… I miss camping so much. Next summer our littlest will be 2 and we can start going again. I cannot wait to introduce camping to our kids. And this new thing about bringing computers and video games and all that to campsites is definitely not happening in our family. It's all about enjoying the peace and beauty of nature. I am amazed that your hair looks so fabulous the whole trip!

  16. Anita November 10, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Everything is perfect, the captures, the hiking attires, the nature and everything that surrounds. The hiking shoes are great! Such a sweet getaway.

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