Climbing Kane Mountain

By Lorie Rosenberg

kane MountainMost of you who read our weekly email newsletter know that summer brings a change of scenery for us. We live most of the year in North Carolina at our permanent home, but for our summer vacation we travel to upstate New York and rent a cabin on a beautiful lake in the Adirondack Mountains.

We do this for a couple of reasons. First, the summers are much cooler there than in North Carolina. We do get our share of heat but in the evening it usually cools down so you can sleep with your windows wide open. Second, we see my family who lives there and it's so wonderful being able to spend time with them. In addition, we've met some amazing friends that we look forward to seeing each year. And lastly, while we have to do some work, we are able to do it while viewing a beautiful pristine lake in our front yard and take breaks once in a while to swim, bike, kayak or maybe climb a mountain.

One of the traditions we have at the lake is hiking up Kane Mountain and climbing up the fire tower.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with fire towers, they were used in the early 1900s in the Adirondack Mountains to spot fires and prevent them from spreading throughout the forest areas. This one was built in 1925 by the Conservation Commission. The structure is 60 feet tall. At the top you can see for miles in all directions and view the beauty of the surrounding lakes and mountain areas.

This fire tower ceased operation in 1988 and fell into disrepair. It was restored and is now maintained by the Canada Lakes Protective Association and is open to the public. Kane Mountain now appears on the National Historic Lookout Register and the National Register of Historic Places being added to the latter September 23, 2001.

For us, the Kane Mountain hike is one of our summer rituals. After climbing to the top of the tower, you get the reward of a truly breathtaking view.

Are there places you like to visit or rituals you like to do that bring back wonderful memories or that fill you with joy. It's also never too late to create some new memories you can enjoy each year!