Archive for May, 2009

Apollo 14

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Adirondacks, Outdoors

Climbing mountains is such a strange affliction. Almost everyone who has tried it enough times, knows that it usually ends in freezing, exhausted misery… then counts the days until they can try again! This trip started innocently enough, warm, sunny and perfect midnight hiking conditions
Innocuous

Every mountain has its vengeful side, this one had four!
One

This is no ordinary snow. Under the brittle white crust is a few feet of air space, then a frigid creek. The pouring rain only made the creek run higher and the snow lower.
Two

We were just too frozen to take any pictures of the third phase. The rain turned to full on blizzard, and the mountain tried to blow us away. I probably deserved it for thinking I could climb all 46 peaks. In the disorienting mess of it all, we decided this was the best trail down, to make matters even worse!
Four

No more mountains for us! How about some nice calm lakes? So began the voyage of the U.S.S. Eleven, proud ship of Old Voyageur.
Voyager

Grasse

But in my typical luck, that intrepid boat met its fate abandoned on route 3, my outdoor dreams set to wait another year.

Further Down the River

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Rochester, Uncategorized, Underground

These Soviet-era apartments are on their way out; no big loss for the city, they all look exactly the same anyway and go on for at least 1/2 mile
Soviet

All that remains of some sort of Erie Canal infrastructure
Canal

The historic Genesee Brew House
Beer Is Good

The bridge that carries bike route 1 and the main drains across the river into Irondequoit
Bridge

Your writer, in a cage
Jailed

The destination: a cave entrance, deep into the river bank
Cave

One soaking wet climb up to the drain section of it!
Rain!

The exit… beautiful daylight!
Out