An Adirondack Scenic Drive

This is not a hiking trip report.  I cheated and, after leaving a weekend of camping at Moreau Lake State Park, I headed north to Route 73 and right on up the toll road of Whiteface.

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My first stop was at Chapel Pond.  This pond has, for a long time, freaked me out.  There’s something about knowing that a body of water just keeps going on and on down deep forever, and having no confidence in how deep it really is.  I stopped at the parking lot for Chapel pond and took a short little trail down to the shore to snap this photo.

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As I was driving around, I decided why not tackle the toll road to Whiteface.  And I’m really, really glad I did.  I had been told that this weekend was prime fall foliage.  So that is really what called me to do this little drive.  I literally could not have asked for a better day.

The toll road was beauteous! This is just before I reached the long, long, long line of cars waiting to pay the toll to head up Whiteface.

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As I was stopped in traffic, I turned around to this…

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There are several areas along the way that you can pull off and snap photos.  Really Whiteface has some pretty breathtaking views. But I was most surprised to see near the top there was snow!

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After I parked my car (almost near the back…) I grabbed my camera and my Northface fleece, wishing I had gloves and maybe even a winter coat, and headed up the rocky path to the summit.

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The views were just amazing.  I really have no words to describe them.

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The famous Summit elevation sign.

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And Lake Placid surrounded by fall.

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The view of these high peaks!

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After my photoshoot on the top of Whiteface I headed back to my car, bid the mountains goodby and headed back home.

Stopping for a few more photos along the way.

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Cascade Lakes

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Cascade…the mountain that started it all for me.

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And a last view of the mountains from the airfield.

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