Chickens Move Too Fast: Visiting Rachel and Hiking Good Luck Lake Trail

After visiting with my stepfather we got to visit with my friend Rachel! Rachel and her husband Jon are developing an awesome little homestead on their property and so in addition to spending a day hiking in the Adirondacks, I got to play in the garden a little, check out their new projects, and follow chickens around while Rachel and Jon did some farm chores. I also did an excellent job of supervising Rachel to make sure she didn’t get lost in the zucchini patch. On a side note, Rachel and Jon have some of the most hilarious chicken names and I feel they deserve a shout-out: Darth Clucker, Clucknutter, Rocky Road, the Roses (referring to the two Rhode Island Reds), and Orko. One of the Roses and I had a little bonding moment while I was holding her (or at least I would like to think so) but as hard as I tried, all of them tended to scatter (as chickens do) whenever I got close to take pictures.

As for our hike, Rachel, Tom, Abby, and I headed north into the Adirondacks to do the Good Luck Lake Trail (which possibly is also referred to as the Good Luck Cliffs Trail). According to the trail book the hike was supposed to be in the neighborhood of 5 miles but due to out-of-date descriptions, some poor signage, and multiple snowmobile trail crossings we ended up trying a few spurs before finding the trail that ascended the cliffs. If we hadn’t though we wouldn’t have gotten to see Good Luck Lake up close nor would we have met a similarly-confused fellow hiker who provided us with great company for the rest of our adventure. Once we found the right trail it was a steep hike a few hundred feet up the escarpment and a short walk to the edge in order to get some lovely views over the southern Adirondacks.

Rachel hiking on trail to Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Rachel hiking on trail to Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Good Luck Lake, Adirondacks, New York

Cave on the Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Cave on the Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

View from the top of Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

View from the top of Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Rachel enjoying the view, Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Rachel enjoying the view, Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snacking at the top of the Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snacking at the top of the Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Rachel and I posing, Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Rachel and I posing, Good Luck Lake Trail, Adirondacks, New York

After our hike we all chatted, ate zucchini, played a couple games, made dinner, and hung out around the fire. I took a bunch of chicken photos as I previously mentioned and also some of Rachel in the garden. It was an awesome visit.

Rachel harvesting in the garden, New York

Rachel harvesting in the garden, New York

Two black dogs in the shade: Abby and Scruffy

Two black dogs in the shade: Abby and Scruffy

Beautiful green peppers in Rachel's garden

Beautiful green peppers in Rachel’s garden

Chicken butt and Rachel watering the garden

Chicken butt and Rachel watering the garden

One of the Roses strutting

One of the Roses strutting

(I believe) Darth Clucker, Clucknutter, Rocky Road, and one of the Roses

(I believe) Darth Clucker, Clucknutter, Rocky Road, and one of the Roses

Same group: (I believe) Darth Clucker, Clucknutter, Rocky Road, and one of the Roses

Same group: (I believe) Darth Clucker, Clucknutter, Rocky Road, and one of the Roses

Rachel, Scruffy, Abby, and Tom sitting around the fire

Rachel, Scruffy, Abby, and Tom sitting around the fire

Jon roasting marshmallows, New York

Jon roasting marshmallows

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