A recent Labor Day weekend camping trip into the Adirondacks was fraught with the typical rain and misty weather. There was no end in sight to the on again, off again rain that muddled our plans for a hike at the Santanoni Preserve. After our hike up Goodnow Mountain the previous day with tornado speed winds we were not up for a 10 mile hike in the event that it was to pour on us. It was these tornado speed winds the day before that prevented us from successfully climbing the entire height of the Goodnow Mountain fire tower, so it would only be natural that some other natural weather occurrence should halt our plans for this day.
Feeling a little soft in regard to physical adventure, we opted for a little ghost town exploration in Tahawus. The packed parking lots for the high peaks trail heads that surround the old mining town indicated that the rain was not going to stop everyone from a long hike that day. We were not feeling that stealthy on that morning and it did not take long for both of us to agree that a 50 mile coffee run up the the Starbucks in Lake Placid was in order. Can you make that a triple grande red eye? I guess that says a lot about our lack of thirst for aching knees and lungs vs our tremendous thirst for bitter coffee. The first visible encounter with Tahawus is one of the largest pieces of "What the heck is THAT doing out here?" otherwise known as the blast furnace.
The following photographs are a limited view into the types of things that are to be found "around town."
|Blast Furnace, exterior|
|Blast Furnace, interior looking up|