On that day we were at sea level and in exactly a week's time we would be over 4,000 feet above the sea in the Eastern High Peaks of the Adirondacks attempting to knock of a few more peaks to someday reach our goal of completing all 46 of them. My ten year old nephew was set to go with us this time. He shopped with me for supplies the day before the trip. He had his own money and spent it wisely...on a knife and a magnesium flint. I texted my sister to alert her that I had allowed her son to buy a knife and a fire starter. Brave...she said. I just wanted him to buy whatever he wanted because I thought it would keep him from chickening out on me. Turns out he did shed a few tears for his mom when we got to the lean to...but sleepiness kicked in and those were the only tears of the trip. From Him..I should say...yeah so backing up....we left on Friday the 6th at 4:15am. Not being sure which end of the July 4th weekend would be the busiest at the trail head, I wanted to be sure to get a parking spot at the garden. We arrived at 6:00am to find plenty of spots. It didn't take long to get our gear loaded onto our backs. We were on the trail by 6:20am. The 3.5 miles to the John's Brook Lodge went quickly. It is a nice rolling hill hike. We rested near the brook for about 15 minutes right in front of the Lodge. My nephew, Kyle had a snack and watched a bunch of butterflies. He was eager to get to where we were camping. I was excited to finally see JBL for myself. Sometime it would be nice to stay there. I could see a fire going inside and thought that would be nice in the early fall. With only another 1.5 miles to go to the lean to at Bushnell Falls, we arrived at the site of our base camp by 11:00am. Bushnell Falls Lean to #2 was right on the trail...as opposed to the occupied Lean to #1. That's OK. We kinda like interacting with the other hikers that will go trekking by us in the evening completing a day hike in which they still have a grueling 5 miles more to go.
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