Since there were 3 of us going, I needed to figure out sleeping arrangements for us. My tent will only hold 2 people comfortably. No worries though as I was anxious to try out sleeping in the Honda Element, so I started building a sleeping platform. I got some ideas on the Honda Elements Club Owners Forum, and came up with some embelishments of my own. I barely finished the construction before packing all the gear on Thursday night, so didn't have much time to check out the system. I removed one of the Element rear seats for added room, and was glad I did. This would be the maiden voyage for car camping in the E!
We drove up Friday afternoon, set up a tent for Christopher, and greeted CCM members as they arrived at camp. It was great to see my friend, Paul (a.k.a. EuroMan) as I haven't seen him in approximately 6 months. We drove into Lake Placid for dinner and ran into the Goat, Jessica, and Batboy at a local Greek restaurant. The food was excellent. I highly recommend the Greek Salad with beans. Yum! After dinner, we headed back to camp, prepped the Element for sleeping mode, and caught up with many friends at the campfire. The typical question is, "What are you climbing tomorrow?" and "Who are you climbing with...?" For us, we were planning a big hike and had our eyes set on summiting Algonquin. As it turns out, Goat, Jessica, Batboy, and Euroman (and Grover) had similar plans, so we all agreed to go together.
After a hearty breakfast in Keene, we headed for the ADK Loj trailhead only to find the parking lot full. No worries...we went to the trailhead on Meadow Road. This is the cheaper option since it is free, but adds a couple miles to the round trip. It's a pleasant, relatively flat walk to Marcy Dam, so the added mileage is no big deal.
With Euroman and Grover taking the point, we set off for Marcy Dam.