Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Quick Trip to Rhode Island

We drove the RV 3 hours from NY to CT, parked in a campground, unhooked the Jeep and hit the road to the high point in Rhode Island about an hour away.

Jerimoth Hill - 812 ft.  Phew - another tough one!  :-)

It was sort of sad to hit this high point as it completes the east coast (which is good but there are no moe to do at this point).  Our next high point won't be until the middle of next year when we hit the central states.  Here is our current list (those without the ascent date are the 16 remaining peaks we have to climb in the lower 48).  
RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent DateFullAdd
1.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada FullAdd
2.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains2013-09-17FullAdd
3.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2006-08-25FullAdd
4.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies FullAdd
5.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains FullAdd
6.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains2013-10-01FullAdd
7.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges FullAdd
8.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies FullAdd
9.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains2013-08-05FullAdd
10.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau2012-05-29FullAdd
11.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range2013-06-01FullAdd
12.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges2013-10-18FullAdd
13.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains FullAdd
14.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains2011-11-10FullAdd
15.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains2014-03-31FullAdd
16.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians2008-09-19FullAdd
17.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains2014-04-10FullAdd
18.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains2013-09-15FullAdd
19.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2014-07-17FullAdd
20.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2011-08-31FullAdd
21.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains2013-10-02FullAdd
22.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus2014-04-27FullAdd
23.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains2014-03-24FullAdd
24.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2014-07-12FullAdd
25.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus2014-04-12FullAdd
26.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains2013-09-23FullAdd
27.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains2011-12-02FullAdd
28.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains FullAdd
29.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians2014-07-28FullAdd
30.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus2014-04-24FullAdd
31.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2014-04-25FullAdd
32.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands2013-11-06FullAdd
33.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges2014-03-20FullAdd
34.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians2014-07-25FullAdd
35.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area FullAdd
36.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area FullAdd
37.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area FullAdd
38.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges2014-07-01FullAdd
39.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands FullAdd
40.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains FullAdd
41.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area FullAdd
42.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area FullAdd
43.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area FullAdd
44.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians2014-07-30FullAdd
45.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus FullAdd
46.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands2013-11-07FullAdd
47.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians2014-05-26FullAdd
48.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast2012-03-20FullAdd 

Since I've never been to RI (that I can recall) we took a trip to Jamestown and Beavertail State Park.  It was such a change from the mountain view we had just hours before.  We breathed in the salt air, felt the ocean breeze, stopped for a quick dinner and headed back to our RV in CT.  Wonderful day!

Today we're on the road to Trenton, ME (near Bar Harbor) and will stay for 2 weeks before heading to my cousin's house near Bangor.

Til next time...Happy Trails!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wrapping up in New York

Our three weeks in NY have come to an end but the time here was fantastic.  We'll definitely be back to spend more time in the Adirondacks and Catskills.  Magnificent area!

There are so many trails in the Adirondacks you'd need to spend years here to hike all of them (sounds like a fun thing to do!).  Here's just one of the few we were able to hike during our brief time in the area.  Pharoah Mountain via Crane Pond

Of course we had to get two more high points in while close by.  We can't believe we bagged #30 and #31 already and #32 is coming up tomorrow in Rhode Island.  After Rhode Island the east coast is finished and we won't hit another one for at least a year or so.

High point #30 - Mount Frissell So Slope, CT - 2,372ft - This was a short but very steep hike to the top of Mount Frissell and then back DOWN (yes, I said down) to the highest point in CT.  This is 1 of 3 high points which are actually not on the summit.  The summit of Frissell is in MA and so you must hike down from the summit to reach the highest point in CT.  

High point #31 - Mount Greylock, MA- 3,491ft. - Unfortunately due to weather we had to drive to the top of this one.  The AT runs right past this high point so I plan to hike up to it one day.

Ausable Chasm - Adventure course, hiking and tubing all in one day!  What an adventure and amazing day!  Let's make a little note here - I'm afraid of heights!  After the adventure we took a ferry over to Burlington, VT to add even more fun to a great day.
Tom - coming up the rope ladder

We actually walked across this thing!

This is crazy!

I need to push off this rock to slide to the other side?!  What???

Minnewaska State Park - a great place for hiking and biking.

Tom - always getting the best angle for the best photo!

my new little friend (a baby duck) eating right out of my hand

Yikes!  We did NOT swim here!  :-)

Off to CT for one night while we hit the high point in RI then onto Maine.

Til next time...Happy Trails!