Algonquin Peak, Mt Colden and Wallface in the distance
With spring nearly on our door step, there are a number of things I look forward to. The change in season brings new or old sounds and sights, depending on how you look at it. Among the things I look forward to are more time with my girls outside on the playground or at a nearby park, new blossoms on the trees, kayaking, and especially fishing. However, there is one thing I look forward to more than most things. I usually make an annual trip to the Adirondacks for some camping, hiking and fishing. More often than not, I make the trip alone. My wife does not really have the desire to go on that kind of trip and the girls are still a bit too young, so Claudia is gracious enough to let me go for two days.
West Branch Ausable River near Wilmington Notch
I usually begin planning for the trip 2-3 months in advance by trying to select the camp site and trails that will allow me to hike and fish as much as possible. Sometimes I cram too much into such a small time frame and think I should extend my trip but I miss all of my girls terribly for even the short time I'm there. This year, I plan to camp at the Adirondack Lodge campground and fish the small streams that are close by. This will allow me to slow down and absorb it all and decompress a little. There is nothing more therapeutic than time spent outdoors and I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation.