Meg and I are taking her daughter, Marina, back to St. Lawrence University this weekend, so we decided to go for a hike up Mt. Algonquin in the Adirondacks. I was so excited to be hiking again in the mountains, and I got all of my equipment ready.
You have to pay $10 now to park in the Loj parking lot, but when we got there, the guy in the entry booth was telling us the lot was full and we would have to park in the satellite lot that was a mile away. But, as he was talking to us he got a call on his walkie-talkie, telling him they had found one more spot! Yay! So we started out from the Adirondack Loj, and headed out from the Mt. Hoevenberg trailhead.
Everything was going fine. The weather was a little misty, but that kept it cool. The trail wasn't too muddy, and there were no bugs. Soon, though, the trail got rockier and rockier. We were still making good time and having fun.
But then, about a mile from the summit, on a pretty steep rocky section of the trail, disaster struck. The sole of my right boot came loose.
After tying it on with my gaiter's ties, I told Meg and Marina to keep going up, I was turning around, and I would meet them at the bottom. But they didn't want us to split up, so we all headed down together.
After a bit, I had to use my bandana to hold my boot together, and then the sole of my left boot came loose! I found someone on the trail with some duct tape, and used that on my left boot, but eventually that, too, would need a bandana.
By the time we got down to the flat part, with a mile to go, I was sliding all over the soles, and that was making my feet, knees, and hips hurt, so I just ripped off the soles and walked on the soleless bottoms, which felt pretty good.
In the end, my boots made it into a trash can in Lake Placid. Good riddance. Sadly, another failed attempt by me to climb in the high peaks region.