The Path Back
Lake Arnold Trail, Adirondacks
Sometimes you hit one these days, after a few snow qualls have come through, and coated the forest with a nice frosting, then dissipated to blue skies and retreating clouds. I had spent more time than anticipated on Mt Colden, basking in sunlight on the ice encrusted peak. After several stops at vantage points coming down, it was now late afternoon and the trail was colder, in the shadow of a ridge here. Ahead of me the light seemed to gather against the far wall of mountains, and a promise of an opening in the woods. I almost hated to stop and set up here, when it seemed like it was all happening up ahead. The show of light on peaks and through forest would tease me all the way back, the contrast mostly too difficult to capture especially as shadows grew longer and urged me to the trailhead in hopes of beating sundown to an open field.