Alander Mountain - October 23 - 24, 2004
Jodi and I started our hike late Saturday morning under heavily overcast, leaden skies. The hike starts with two short but challenging climbs over Round Mtn and Mt Frissell. On the summit of Frissell there is a trail register which makes entertaining reading because it is full of comments from High Pointers (people who climb to the highest point in each state) who are there to 'collect' the high point of Connecticut, which uniquely is not a summit but rather the point where the state line between Connecticut and Massachusetts crosses the southern slope of Mt. Frissell.
The trail we were on left the summit and proceeded to the aforementioned high point, where for a brief moment we were the two highest people in the state. :-) Soon after we passed the tri-state marker marking the point where Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York converge. Then we continued west until we reached the western ridge of the Taconic range overlooking the Harlem Valley in New York. The weather was starting to break now, affording about equal intervals of sun and clouds. We stopped and ate our lunch here, while enjoying the views across the valley and off to the Catskill Mountains in the distance.
The ridge here is only 30 or 40 feet wide, and offers views to the west, north, and east. There is a small spot that is nearly level and just big enough to pitch the tent. Jodi sat in the late afternoon sunshine enjoying the views while I set the tent up. Then I brewed up some tea and we sat together and enjoyed things for a while. Finally, it was time to cook dinner before it got dark.
It gets dark early this time of year, and with sunset came a rising wind. It was cold and damp out of the east, which is unusual as our weather usual comes from the west here. So we were driven into the warmth and calm of our tent early. We read by headlamp for a while, but were asleep soon enough. Jodi woke up a couple hours later, and woke me to look outside. Before I even opened the door I could see shadows on the tent. We stepped outside to find an incredibly bright moon illuminating a few passing clouds and lighting the world well enough that we could pick out individual houses in the valley below us. This alone made the whole trip worthwhile.
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