The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2006
July 7 Mt. Arab/Wild Center Cliff & Gloria Daly TLs Michelle Lacasse, Kyoung Za Uhm. After scampering up Arab Mountain to get us into the Adirondack spirit, we headed to the nearby Wild Center where we reveled in the opening day festivities. The river walk was impressive, Carl Heilman’s panoramic multi-image show was moving but nothing could beat the underwater antics of one very live river otter’s whiskered lightning that stole the hearts of both young and old alike.
July 8 Beat the Heat Paddle Osgood - Jones Pond Alison Charles TL Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Don & Betty Peckham, Geri Ames, George & Eloise Ludon, John & Sue Omohundro, Sandy Hildreth, Dick Charles. We were lucky with the weather- clear blue skies, not too hot and enough breeze to keep all but the most persistent flies away. We put in at Church Pond, and took out at the first bridge on Jones Creek, after a couple of swims and an exploration of Jones Pond.
July 9 Mount Colden Seated l to r: Darcy Derouchie and Molly Mott. Standing l to r: Duncan Cutter, David Tracy, TL Charles Tracy, Ken Coskran, Alicia Schantz, and Martha Phillips. We started from the LOJ trailhead at 8 AM and reached the summit by 12:30 on a hazy warm Sunday. The group enjoyed the scenery along the way with a surprise appearance of a few large garter snakes that were sunning themselves on the South end of Marcy Dam next to the trail. The views from the summit of Colden were very nice, and we could see people on the summit of Algonquin and Wright peaks. We also met two young men on the summit who had just finished ascending by the way of the Trap Dike. The trip down the back side of Colden was steep but the rewards were spectacular views looking back up from Avalanche Pass.
July 13 Canoe Follensby Clear Pond Duncan & Lois Cutter TLs Reed, Paul, & Haile Cutter, Kathryn Benham, JoAnn DenBleyker, Denise Koser, Art Johnson, John& Sue Omohundro. An initially overcast day turned into an ideal Adirondack summer scene as we canoed and kayaked Follensby Clear and Pollywog ponds. Islands offered exploration, swimming and picnicking. Our 12 year old’s perfect imitation of loon vocalization entranced one loon into strutting his display before us. The mix of ages, from 10 to 70 added variety into this day’s ADK adventure.
July 19 Coles Creek Paddle Tom & Ann Ortmeyer Alison Charles, Betsy Tisdale, Bill Romey, Doug Theobald, Dick Mooers, Carolyn & Gene Kaczka, Geri Ames, Doug and Nancy Ackley, Ron Dumoulin, Armond Spencer A family of Common Loons stole the show during this Wednesday evening paddle near Wadding ton. Other wildlife seen included Caspian and Common Terns and beavers.
July 26 Wednesday Evening Paddle and Picnic on Blake Falls Reservoir L to R: Alison Charles, TL Dick Mooers, Geri Ames, Wyatt & Adrian Boswell, Louise & Bob Bixby, and Nancy & Doug Ackley. Photo: Megan Howard. Light breezes and partly cloudy skies belied the forecast. Lone canoeist Alison led the kayakers down the lake. Picnicking and some swimming were done at Blake Campground. Beaver, Common Mergansers and Mallards were seen. Some rocks were seen, shortly after they were hit.
July 29 Bike the Ice Cream Loop TL Geri Ames; Participants: Carolyn Kaczka, Tom Ortmeyer. We biked around the Madrid - Waddington area doing 20+ miles. Ice cream was yummy at the Hometown Cafe. Great day and wonderful weather.
August 5 Catamount Cleanup Cliff & Gloria Daly TLs Dick Mooers, Jim McCulloch, Donna Fay Mailhot, Dave Cooper, Erika Rosenfeld, Norm Bloom. Clear, dry conditions on this day made removal of the reported blowdown all the easier. An extensive amount of side trimming by Dick along with much pruning and cairn repositioning on the upper half of the trail by the remainder of our group made for a very productive outing.
August 6 Debar Pond Canoe and Baldface Bushwhack TLs Duncan & Lois Cutter; Participants: Paul Cutter, David Brouwer, Tom & Ann Ortmeyer. A perfect summer day for cruising and climbing, clear and sunny. As we took to the water a loon called, and the family of four gradually revealed themselve. Ann kayaked the pond and read while others bushwhacked, drank in the views from on top and picked blueberries, then swam.
August 9 Evening Paddle and Picnic on the Grasse River Alison Charles (TL), Ron Dumoulin, Richard & Carol LaDue, Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Doug Raymond, Geri Ames, Robert Kozarek. Once again we were blessed with a perfect evening. After dodging a few rocks because of low water, we had a picnic supper on one of the limestone ledges, then paddled quiet water to the takeout at Madrid, where there's a good view of the stone arches of the Isaac Johnson bridge.
August 12 Street and Nye L to R: Daniel Brouwer, Dan Greene, Diane Brouwer, Nathan Brouwer, Rose Rivezzi, Willie Trithart, Albert Trithart, Vasily Cateforis, Peter Brouwer, Ken Coskran, Tom Wheeler, John Dempsey, Andrew Brouwer. Photo: TL David Trithart. Getting an early start to secure parking in the Heart Lake lots, we made the summit of Street just after noon on a beautiful, clear day. Everyone climbed both peaks. Trails were easy to follow. A fantastic trip.
August 16 Everton Falls Evening Paddle Duncan & Lois Cutter TLs Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Bob & Louise Bixby, Kathy Benham Five of us – some by canoe, some by kayak cruised first below the falls then downstream to rapids, sighting Cardinal flowers, Joe Pie, Gentian and Goldenrod, as well as a muskrat crossing ahead of us. Two of us explored the falls and the Nature Conservancy trail. The evening paddle concluded with ice cream at the Cutter’s.
August 19 Jones Pond to Osgood Pond-Church Pond TLs Denny & Vera LaRoe (pictured), Ron Johnson & Nikki Coates (photographer). Despite a few raindrops, the point- to- point trip from Jones Pond through to Church Pond was quite enjoyable. Two Kayaks and one canoe made the trip, viewing loons, ducks, a turtle, and the occasional tree branch already turned to fall color. The heavy rain held off and we paddled the shoreline of Osgood Pond, enjoying good company and a quiet day on the water.
August 20 Lac St. Francois National Wildlife Reserve We explored two areas of the Lac St. François National Wildlife Reserve near Dundee, Quebec(minutes from Fort Covington, NY). The Reserve is recognized under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. The group enjoyed seeing Great Blue, and Green, Herons, American Bittern, and other birds on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It was an enjoyable trip, and all expressed a desire to return at some point in better weather. L to R: Alison Charles, TL Ann Ortmeyer, Ann Spencer, Heather Truax, Armond Spencer, Niall, John, & Fiona Barron, Jean Gilbin, and Doris Moeller. Also on the trip were Jerry Moeller and Ann Russell. TL Tom Ortmeyer took the photo.
August 24 Hannawa Pond Paddle and Picnic John & Susan Omohundro TLs Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Ann & Armond Spencer, Tom & Eileen Wheeler, Carolyn & Gene Kaczka, Alison & Dick Charles, Mary MacKinnon, John Wood. It was a beautiful, quiet evening for an easy paddle from Brown’s Bridge to Mill Street. In Hannawa Falls, followed by consumption of delicious grilled meats and side dishes, at the new picnic area in the woods overlooking the rapids below the dam.
August 26 Everton Falls L to R: Mimi Leveson-Jones (in the baby carrier), Alison Leveson-Jones, and Sunny Leveson-Jones backed by dad Phil Leveson; and Robin Rhodes-Crowell, Naomi & Emma Crowell, & David Crowell. This trip was great for small children. We had four under age 6. We had a picnic at the falls, and then walked the Nature Conversancy Trail. A sunny 70 degree day. We even found a few blackberries. It’s a nice area and a beautiful river. Four of us went canoeing in Meacham Lake afterwards.
August 30 Evening Paddle and Picnic on the Five Falls Reservoir Dick Mooers TL Doug (in photo) & Nancy Ackley, Geri Ames, Carolyn Kaczka, Eloise & George Leedon, Mary MacKinnon, Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Ann & Armond Spencer and Ron Dumoulin. Five Falls, the smallest of the hydro reservoirs of the Raquette above Colton, was light on winds and heavy on golden, later afternoon sun for the paddlers who came out for the third in the Raquette Reservoirs series of evening paddles. All had fun poking their canoes and kayaks into the five small rapids that give the pond its name.
September 9, Baxter Mountain Hike On a partly sunny, partly showery day, Blair & Cole Madore, Lois & Duncan Cutter (l to r) and Margaret Madore (photo) traversed Baxter Mountain near Keene, continuing over the summit for a challenging descent over the Beede Ledges into Keene Valley where they'd left a second car.
September 9, Canoe on Lake Ozonia to Peckham's A-frame camp TLS Don & Betty Peckham. Participants: Carolyn Kaczka, Jo DenBleyker, Denise Koser, Sue & John Omohundro, Ann & Armond Spencer (and Betsy & David Tisdale who joined us briefly on the water). Questionable skies prevailed as we put in at the state boat access. The sun came out briefly but then came a hard deluge just before we reached the southern shore. So hot drinks and dry space inside the A-frame cabin were appreciated for lunch. We returned in fog and mist but that did not prevent us from exploring the outlet bay before heading back to the north end. It was a congenial group, accepting the weather gracefully.
September 16, Kayaking Saranac Lakes Celebrating the emergence of the sun, kayakers exult on Oseetah Lake, with MacKenzie Mountain beyond. Mary Jane Watson, Marilyn Fayette, Chris Murphy, Ken Coskran, Tom Ortmeyer, Dick & Peggy Mooers, Ruth Miller, and Mark Arnold paddled from Middle Saranac Lake to Lake Flower on the Saranac River chain of lakes, passing through two locks and past numerous islands on a beautiful fall day. Photo: TL Dick Mooers.