High Peaks Wilderness, NY
Sitting in the col between Skylight Mountain and Gray Peak, Lake Tear of the Clouds lies dormant in the season. Here, it has been determined, are the headwaters of the mighty Hudson, the start of a journey of some 300 miles, ending in an environment that couldn't be more different than this. Afternoon shadows are already lengthening here, as I begin my nine mile journey back, paltry in comparison. In the distance, Mounts Colden, Wright, and Algonquin stand guard.