The string of good weather this October lasted a few weeks with very little rain and unseasonably warm. This meant the foliage peaked, then seemed to peak again. I headed out to Flat Mountain Pond Thursday afternoon to capitalize on a clear night and hopefully have the pond to myself. The last minute effort paid off.
I don't camp nearly enough. It's easy to go fast and light then hike out with a headlamp and sleep at home. That's something I'm going to continue to work on over the winter on a few ski missions I have planned (snow pack permitting). Flat Mountain pond is a bit of a hike in, about 5 miles. But it's mostly rail trail that isn't very technical and only climbs 1,500 feet. The pond is spectacular, tucked deep in the Sandwich range, it's very peaceful. There's a shelter there too with additional camp sites so it can hold a few groups.
Squall and I opted to set up camp by the water since we had a tent and wanted the morning views. Unfortunately the winds were raging which caused us to move in to the shelter around 1am. A restless night but peaceful nonetheless. Here are some photos from the overnight: