I had plans to go hiking this weekend, but we decided on a trail at the last minute. The weather turned out to be perfect. There was no snow like last time, but we did pass an icy patch near the summit. We went to Porter Mountain first and then made the short (but steep) trip to Cascade Mountain. The view from both were great. I do not think I noticed the first time that you could see people on each peak from the other. Next time I need to bring semaphore flags.
I tried to make a time lapse video of the entire hike. Several things happened:
- The camera stopped recording before I reached the second peak.
- At one shot every five seconds, there was not enough continuous motion to make anything watchable.
- I have almost 2000 decent shots of awesome trails.
The other technology failure came from my work-provided FitBit Flex. Something is causing it to drain its battery super fast. I charged it the night before, but it only recorded about 500 steps that day. I think I am done with it.
I went for my first kayak trip on May 11th, which seems to be about the same time as last year. I recorded about two hours of video, but it is pretty dull, and I am still trying to find something productive to do with it. The weather was good except that it was very windy. I felt like I came back twice as fast as I went out.
There was a bicycle race in Woodstock which made it hard to actually get to the mountain. Once we did, it was a bit warm and humid at first, but the weather was perfect the rest of the time. The maintenance guy was working on the fire tower at the top of the mountain, which gave us the opportunity to get into the room at the top. I could be a bit better with heights.
The first attraction was an abandoned and decaying hotel. At the summit, there was a small building with nature and historic information. There was also a fire tower, which was conveniently open as the caretaker was cleaning it. I think we were probably the last group to be allowed up it that day.