The Weatherman and I were in the Adirondacks for the Memorial Day weekend. We both love to hike and of course in this region there are the high peaks, which are challenging and afford amazing views. But another route you can go is to climb the fire tower mountains. There are about 30 of them. They are no longer staffed - today's fire patrol is done by airplane - but they are still up there, and if they are open, you can often get a 360 degree panorama of the region.
On Monday we climbed Goodnow Mountain (it's Good Now for black flies, I can tell you). It has a huge tower on top, built in 1922. When we were climbing up in, another hiker was coming down. He told us that he worked in trees but he was scared "s--tless" up on this thing. I was torn between the breathtaking vista and the thought that after awhile, metal rusts, especially in bad weather.
The day before we were up on Arab Mountain, which also has a tower. This one felt sturdier, but there was also a very stiff breeze, adding to the excitement. It's hard to believe guys used to work up there, all day long. Someone was staffing the Goodnow fire tower until 1980.
In other news, here's a word to the wise: if you ever find yourself at a dinner party in the Adirondacks, do NOT bring up the topic of gun control. I'm just sayin'....