Lake George, Adirondacks, NY.
Thomas jefferson thought Lake George the most beautiful lake he'd ever seen. On this day, the clouds were marching in like ranks of soldiers, not an unusual reference for a lake as historied as this. Forts and battlegrounds dot this region of New York, where a young nation fought and died in the French & Indian Wars and the war for Independence. Two thousand feet above the lake, Buck Mountain's bald summit is a favorite local climb. Situated just below the lake's narrows, where the mountainsides squeeze the 32 mile expanse into a narrow band full of islands, Buck affords views up and down the lake (this view is down, towards the southern end), and westward to the southern Adirondacks, as well as north where you can make out the High Peaks on a good day.