October 5th was Baker Mountain day for 3rd graders at Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake. Approximately 60 students, teachers and parents walked from the school, through downtown and to the trailhead where the group met up with more parents for the climb to the top.
It was a perfect day for a hike. The group enjoyed lunch and views at the top. Some kids had been on Baker before while others hadn’t. 3rd grade teacher Bill Wilson challenged the kids to get out and enjoy the outdoors. He also told them about the Saranac Lake 6ers. A good number of students raised their hands when he asked who was working to become a 6er.
Seeing your hometown from the top of a mountain gives you a different perspective whether you are 8, 38, or 68. No matter how many times I climb Baker it gives me something new to enjoy. For just a little effort Baker provides some varied and dramatic views.
The kids enjoyed the day. Let’s hope the experience helps build in them an appreciation for the beautiful place they call home.