We were on the trail for only about 5 minutes when two gentlemen came on by, quickly bouncing from rock to rock avoiding the mud and water. It was Todd Jennings and his support staff/photographer Frederic. Todd was on Day 1 of 8 of his 315-mile run.Todd is running the entire length of the Hudson River to raise awareness for the Hudson and as a fund raiser for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. (Check out http://www.clearwater.org/events/ultrarunner-todd-jennings-set-to-begin-hudson-river-run-2012.) Todd and Frederic were on their way to Lake Tear of the Clouds, the headwaters for the Hudson River. These guys are in fantastic shape. My hiking partner Tim could keep up, but I was having a hard time. I don't think I've ever hiked to Uphill Lean-to so fast!
|Frederico and Todd|
|Todd and Tim on Lake Colden dam|
|Lake Colden from dam|
|Favorite view of Lake Colden from Flowed Lands|
|Flume on the Opalescent|
|Snow spine on way to Uphill Lean-to|
|There really are views from Cliff|
|More views from Cliff|
|Cliff herd path - yuck...|
|Embrace the mud!|
|Views from Redfield|
|Allen from Redfield|
The beginning of the trail to Flowed Lands got a major reroute. The first two bridges over Calamity Brook were apparently casualties of Tropical Storm Irene. It looks like the trail relocation will be permanent.It's a pleasant walk next to the brook with open meadow views.
Herbert Brook also received a new bridge. In the morning when we arrived, there was no bridge, but we could see the bridge deck on the other side. In the afternoon, the bridge was installed. Kudos to the trail crew for nice job!
|Brand new bridge over Herbert Brook|
|Flowed land in the afternoon|
|Calamity Brook from relocated trail|
|Casualty of Irene|