I spent three hours today walking the trails of Mount Independence. The weather was about as good as it can get. Warm but not too hot. Dry air with a refreshing breeze. The leaves on the hardwoods are still at that transient stage where they’re tinged with yellow, looking bright and new.
I walked up the orange trail and stopped at the crane overlook to take in the view. The crane site sits atop a high cliff above Catfish Bay, with Mount Defiance directly across Lake Champlain. As I was watching, an osprey came sailing into view down by the shore. I was able to grab my camera and catch him landing in a dead tree.
I watched for a while, and was rewarded for my patience when a second osprey swooped into the picture, and the two birds went soaring off together high into the sky.
I continued my walk out to the point along the orange trail. Fort Ticonderoga looked regal as usual, though it is not yet open for the season.
I took the blue trail along the western shore of the Mount back toward the southern parking area. The trail was wet in spots, but much drier than usual for this time of year, reflecting the long rainless spell we’ve had. I did not meet any other hikers during my entire walk. I had the Mount to myself on this beautiful day. Though I did have to share the view with a couple of osprey.