|Rainbow over the town of Wilmington, NY the morning of day 1|
Day 1 started out clear in the valleys but the cold and fog soon settled on the valleys blocking views of the High Peaks. We opted to drive east and south to see if things would be clearer on the edges of the High Peaks. As we drove south, we were able to get a clearer view of the mountains.
|Noonmark, Dix, and Nippletop from Marcy Field; Keene, NY|
Next we drove west to Newcomb, NY to view Tahawas (the Indian name for Mt Marcy which means "cloud splitter") and Indian Pass from the south. Legend has it that the Indians came into the Adirondacks through Indian Pass to hunt but did not live in the mountains. The distinctive structure of Wallface Mt and Indian Pass are landmarks that are easily seen from a distance.
|Tahawas from Newcomb with the Autumn colors just starting to show|
|Mt. Wallface on the left of Indian Pass|
We made one final stop in the abandoned town of Adirondac. This town was built when iron ore was first discovered in the region in 1826. A blast furnace was constructed of stone and operated successfully for around 30 years but eventually, the remoteness, brutal winters, and the presence of titanium dioxide in the ore which could not easily be removed with the technology of the day shut down the furnace and the town. It was in this town that Teddy Roosevelt, who was hiking on Marcy, learned of President McKinley's eminent death. Roosevelt was rushed to Buffalo where he was sworn in as president.
|McIntyre Blast furnace in Upper Works built in 1826 and still standing|
|Remains of the workings of the blast furnace|
|Red squirrels that have made a home in the walls of the blast furnace|