I’m writing this week’s dispatch from the shores of a lake in the Adirondacks, slightly chilly in a sweatshirt. It’s hard to believe that last week at this time I was melting in the Pennsylvania heat. In the past seven days we haven’t moved too far, less than 200 miles, but we’ve had some great adventures.

Last week we were staying at a Harvest Host outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania when we met two young full timers named Jaimi and Bryan. We really enjoyed their company and ended up traveling together for a few days. We hope to meet up with them again in New Hampshire. You can see more of their journey at Two in a Merlin.

We waved goodbye to Gettysburg and headed to Hickory Run State Park. Lemhi swam in the lake, and Mike and I explored a boulder field that is a Natural Heritage Site. It’s wild to see a huge field of boulders among the heavy forest.

Hickory Run didn’t have a nice campground, so we continued on to Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre is a city founded on mining that’s still trying to find it’s way. At the bar one evening, a local described how there are bars in town with urinal drains underneath the bar seats. The story goes that miners would come out of the mines and stake a stool at a bar for days on end. They couldn’t get up, for fear of losing their seat, so the bars installed drains so they didn’t need to move.

Under Saturday’s rainy skies we hiked the spectacular Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park. Falls Trail is a four mile loop hike that passes 21 waterfalls. I was hoping the rain would keep people away, but I was wrong. We ended up hiking parts of the trail in single file between hordes of people. Not really my thing, but, the waterfalls were beautiful.

After two days around Wilke-Barre (where I chopped off most of my hair!) we continued on to the Adirondacks. Mike’s parents have been building a new lake house for the past year, and it’s almost done. We’re here at the house helping to get ready for a big party this weekend. It’s so lovely to wake up, in a bed, and have the lake right outside the window. There are beautiful sunrises, loons swimming right off shore, and uber dark nights for seeing the stars.

We’ll stay here in the central Adirondacks through the weekend. After that our plans are a little fuzzy. Head toward Lake Placid? Beeline it to New Hampshire? Cruise through Vermont? Right now we’re focused on helping out at the house…we’ll figure out those other details later!

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