Exploration Day: Climbing our country with foreigners

Black Mountain

Black Mountain

Call it Columbus Day, Indigenous People’s Day or Exploration Day but despite the mixed legacy of Christopher Columbus, 1492 marked the beginning of trans-Atlantic journeys to the New World for millions. The age of discovery is still alive and well climbing in the Adirondacks on this beautiful holiday weekend.

It’s chief leaf-peeping season in Saratoga County. Brilliant shades of orange, yellow, gold and red dominate the Lake George area. At the summit of Black Mountain, on the east side of the lake, you’ll be greeted by a colorful views stretching in all directions including a ranger’s cabin, fire tower, random antennas and working solar panels.

As timing would have it, we (George, Mutti and little Renee) paired up with a diaspora of political science majors from all over Europe and Asia. Some were out of breath and panting, others had found their hiking rhythm and nearly all neglected to remember hiking sticks or comfortable hiking boots.

What they did bring were items from their home countries. The Czech Republic students proudly unfurled their nation’s flag in the wind. The Brits quenched their thirst with bottles of homegrown hops. And, the Chinese students nearly lost their balance on the cliffs taking countless selfies. Climbing the ‘daks brings out the adventurous spirit of all nationalities.

Black Mountain

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