Exploring the ADK High Peaks Region

Acting on an impulse, I decided to venture north to the Adirondack High Peaks region, near Lake Placid, New York, for Labor Day weekend. Aside from targeting the general vicinity, I was devoid of a plan.

I left work in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Friday afternoon with the Cherokee already packed and prepped, and made my way up north. Siri, my personal, artifically-intelligent naturally-unintelligent, navigational associate, estimated that I’d be arriving in Keene Valley at around 11:00 PM.

“Not bad,” I thought. However, due to traffic, it was closer to 1:30 AM when I rolled into town, and I still had to pick an inconspicuous place to deploy my James Baroud Evasion rooftop tent for the night. To complicate matters, I gambled with my gas tank, and was running on fumes without an inkling of an idea where the closest gas station was.

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Starting to sweat my fuel situation, I parked at the side of a rural mountain road that leads up to The Garden, a popular trail access lot for hikers and backpackers. I don’t think it was an ideal place to spend the night, but given my fuel situation, and the late hour, it was adequate.

I didn’t waste any time. I deployed the RTT, climbed up, and sacked out, only to be stirred by the occasional passing car.