If I'd known then what I know now....
My second trip to the Adirondacks. Confirmation that this was a new thing in my life. The planning stages consisted of many late nights making spreadsheets, researching the area, Youtube-ing some techniques – you know, basic nerd stuff. From the moment we got home from the Cascade trip, I was itching to get back. Honestly, I’d talked so much about it, Lauren was probably wishing I’d go to the mountains and not come back. How annoying I can be sometimes.
Of course, I’d learned this in my recent planning stages. Thinking I had 45 High Peaks left after my first trip, I honestly thought I’d have to make 45 more trips to the ‘Dacks to complete my quest. But – and this seems obvious now – there are so many of these mountains that can be done in a single day hike. What a relief, who has that kinda time?
To be truthful, the only part of me that had any hesitation for this second hike was my hiking partner, Kris. Not that he’s a bad dude or anything, he’s actually a great guy. I am also a self-proclaimed great guy, I just suck at being around other people – especially in a one-on-one setting. Kris is younger, active, a hockey player who runs a great start-up business. Besides his girlfriend, Shannon, being best friends with my wife, we don’t have a whole lot in common. But we always have a great time in a group setting. There is usually food to keep us entertained. I worry about uncomfortable silences and lame conversations in these types of situations. I’m not a big talker. I worry my personality is too bossy and annoying. This turned out to be a non-issue. Obviously, like I said, I am pretty awesome. Kris was great to hike with. He had previously done a couple of the 46, Marcy and Skylight maybe. I don’t remember. We had a few great conversations, a few great silences. And neither of us minded one bit.
I took far fewer photos on this trip. I don’t know why. Because it’s the same trail as Cascade, maybe? I dunno. We didn’t even take a photo of the two of us together. Idiots. It also ended up being a much quicker trip. We didn’t spend much time at the summit, mostly because there aren’t a whole lot of views from this one. I guess most folks who aren’t trying for the whole 46 don’t really do Porter much. But I had a great day. Bagging a second peak just continued to build my confidence, even if my first two were the two easiest. I knew already that my next hike was going to push my limits. Bring it on.
Check out Kris and Shannon’s Facebook where you can get info on the start-up business and app they have created to save sports fans some money in their favorite places.