After climbing Esther, the rest of our time was spent in a more leisurely fashion. We took early morning walks to the meadow:
And stopped along scenic roadsides to snap photos:
We saw the foliage just starting to turn, as on this hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides) that I shot from below to get the backlit, solar flare effects:
We hiked in to a couple of secluded ponds:
And along the beautiful AuSable River:
We also drove up the Whiteface Memorial Highway, and rode the elevator through the mountain core right to the summit. The toll road and castle at the top are Depression era WPA projects. It is such a different summit experience than actually climbing for oneself, but interesting nonetheless.