This winter I opted for an Adirondack camping trip with different friends than usual and closer to home. It only took 2.5 hours to drive to the trail head to get to Chub Pond in the Black River Wild Forest, as opposed to the 4.5 hours to get to Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. I went with Adam, and Pete came up later in the day.
It started snowing just as we arrived and really came down until after dark to give us about 4'' of nice powder. The temperature really plummeted too and got down to 5 below zero, but Adam met the challenge by building a massive fire. He was dumbfounded when I told him I don't make a fire when I go alone. "That's not camping," he said.