Amber and Ariel here— When you think of mountains where does your mind bring you to? The Rockies, the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada? You probably don’t think of the East Coast, and certainly not New York State. To be honest, I didn’t realize it for a while either. I didn’t grow up hiking or camping. While we were always outside on my parent’s little 30 acre farm, we didn’t often stray to new locations and the Adirondacks were still a hidden gem for me.
When I adopted Ariel, that began to change. Her joy in the outdoors was contagious. The way she navigated through the woods with such natural skill inspired me to start researching new places to bring her for walks. We quite literally stumbled upon on our first mountain in the Catskill Mountains,and from there, our love for hiking began to grow and flourish. After some research it became a dream of mine to become an Adirondack 46er. With Ariel being 8 years old at the time, I thought it was impossible for us to finish that journey together. But seeing her love for it, I decided we would hike for as long and far and Ariel wanted to, climbing as many mountains as she could.