This past August, I took a trip to the Adirondacks with my long-time friends, the Ritter family. This trip in particular, I spent some time beforehand researching possible photo locations and trails to hike. I found two summit hikes with fire towers at the top that seemed to have good views. The first was Blue Mountain, right near the Adirondack Museum. It was a relatively short hike, 2.2 miles to the top, but with the largest climb I had done at 1500 feet. I talked my friend, Edward, into climbing it with me. It turned out that 2.2 miles is quite long when you are climbing the entire time, but we pushed through it and made it to the top in good time. I am not a fan of heights; it took an internal battle to will myself up the rickety-looking fire tower. I took this virtual tour from the inside.