Rain on the Mandatory Mountains


      Today, was hike day and Pok-O-Moonshine campers encountered nature in one of its truest forms; unpredictable. All the campers down by the lake had a choice of trips that ranged in difficulty. Some hoofed up towards the proud Adirondack 46’rs, others encountered a challenging Hurricane Mountain hike (aptly named for a stormy day) and the rest stayed close to camp to appreciate the gorgeous trails nearby.
                In the morning, there was great sun.  Then, around 11:45, with all trips still out, the first boom of thunder was heard.  Storms are as natural as sunshine around here and can be appreciated as such. Andrew, a camper on the Long Pond Adventure, said “we got stuck at Indian Rock for like three hours”.              
            “We had canoe practice and then went across the pond” to the lean-to at the rock.  Compared to trips of higher elevation, the LPA allows campers to practice their waterfront skills.  Andrew, was not nervous about the thunder, but said that it was “really loud” and also that the ADV section trip showed up and shared lunchtime.
                Prior to, a ways down Reber Road, the ADV section was taking on their traditional Sugarloaf/Albin hike.  The difficulty does not compare to trips they will take in the coming weeks, but, similar to the Long Pond Adventure, challenge the campers in a different skill.  For this trip, Kevin says, the “first years in the section take the lead” and the seconds “hold the compass”.  The rain turned them around before peaking both mountains and an impulse brought them to the lean-to.
                   Further in the woods, at the Peak of Cascade Mountain, Thomas said that “we could see the storm coming”, even though it had not started to fully rain.  “It was really dark, not pitch black, but dark”. They had planned to hike the nearby Porter Mountain, but had to descend due to the weather. He was not nervous about the storm either, and the efficient action on the part of all the trips brought everyone back to camp happy, wet and safe.


Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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