My son Zack, the Z in the YouTube channel, RTWJAZ, and his best friend, John (the "J") decided in the late summer that they wanted to attempt the 46 Adirondack high peaks and document each hike through their videos. I was thrilled with the idea because since they will need adult accompaniment I happily volunteered to join the challenge as well.
As of late September, we got two down. Woohoo! Only 44 to go. I'm not afraid of the road more or less travelled and excited for this new adventure ahead of us. Video #1 below 👇
Warning: This video will get you singing Imagine Dragons and craving to be on top of the world, too.
In the very early days of lockdown, I heard about this new book, Hike by Pete Oswald. His book birthday was approaching (March 17) so, I sent him an email and asked if we could virtually celebrate together. He graciously declined since he was very busy (remote teaching, deadlines, etc) but appreciated the support. So here we are nearly eight months later and I'm still celebrating and thinking about this gorgeous, wordless picture book. It would be the perfect gift for anyone looking to embrace a walk in the woods, not necessarily the high peaks, with someone special.
Check out this interview with Pete: http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2020/02/lets-talk-illustrators-130-pete-oswald.html
Zack, John and I each have a scratch off map of the high peaks. It was satisfying to take that penny and scratch off Cascade and Porter. Here are the photos from my leap log. Goal: 46 leaps on 46 peaks. #46leaps46peaks
|Cascade Mountain: Peak Leap 1 of 46|
|Porter Mountain: Peak Leap 2 of 46|
Notice the sneakers and old backpack. Yes, I'm still a novice. Any guesses on what's on my Chanukah list?
See you on the other side of March. We've decided that as much as the boys might think they could hike now, it's probably not too smart to make #3 a winter hike. But if we get a bunch scratched off by this time next year. Maybe?