It was nice to have a cottage in the Adirondacks for a few days. It let us start out with a short hike, a paddle around Wolfe Pond, lounge about, and have a kitchen to cook in (note to self: When booking a cottage, find out if it has a kitchen first). We had a shortcut to Haystack Mountain in Ray Brook, not the 4000 footer, it’s only 2864’. It had an exposed face on the south side for a view of the High Peaks, I’m not sure which one is the “other” Haystack or if it´s even visible in the bottom photo, but we intended to hike Algonquin, the highest one on the right. Marcy is the high one on the left. I went up Haystack alone the day we arrived and got to the top just as a 20% shower arrived, in my haste to pack up and get under the shelter of the trees I left my binoculars. I realized it when sitting on the deck of the cottage and wanting to get a good look at where I’d been. Gail and I went up the next morning but the binoculars were gone. Thankfully the view was as fantastic, just as we left a 10% shower began. On the way down I ran into a good friend from Ithaca hiking with her family.