We returned to the summit and ate our lunch as birds chirped and chipmunks scurried around. Finally, we started our descent back to the car.
Last fall, I told you about my trip to Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks. The trails were heavily eroded and overly-crowded with other hikers. This was not the case with Slide Mountain. We saw six other hikers on the entire trip and enjoyed the trails much better.
Slide Mountain has quite a history. John Burrows, the famous writer and naturalist, spent a lot of his time on that rocky summit. He loved the views and the tranquility that the higher peaks afford. There’s a plaque on the side of the upper rocks commemorating his works. It hangs beside a rocky overhang, where he often slept at night.
I know why he loved those sky-touching peaks. As the wind blows through the trees and I look out upon the surrounding mountains, I feel something special. There’s a mystical attraction that forever draws me back. It’s like a deep love that’s inexplicable and reaches clear to my soul.
For all the hikers and climbers, the fire towers in the mountains will be open this weekend and manned by volunteers as many programs are on tap. I’m told Smokey the Bear will even be there to meet the kids.
At 8 a.m. May 31, Mike Porter, an avid birder, will lead a hike to the Balsam Lake Mountain tower from the Millbrook Trailhead. You should see many species and share in his knowledge of the area.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoor column for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.