The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
April - June, 2007
Full trip reports will be posted in July. Check the archive links above for earlier reports.
April 1, 2007 - An April Foolish Trip
TL Armond Spencer. Participants: John & Susan Omohundro. Once again there wasn't snow, but the "foolish" ones are those who missed a great day and interesting hike down the North Branch of the Grasse River from Harper's Falls.
April 14, 2007 - Slide Lake Loop, Frontenac Provincial Park
Cool for the season, and mostly cloudy with only a few sunny breaks. Still, snow-free ground and the best weather amidst a long series of late winter storms. We made two pauses during the drive to view the stone mill in Delta and a Rideau Canal lock in Newboro. Many short steep climbs and descents made the trail a strenuous workout and provided good views of the extensive pattern of lakes and beaver ponds. Beavers, buffleheads, hawks, and probably a long-eared owl were highlights. Coffee at Tim Horton's afterwards.
Left to right: Ed Moczydlowski, Armond Spencer, and TL John Barron.
Photo: John Barron.
April 21, 2007 - Catamount Trail Maintenance
TLs Cliff & Gloria Daly. Participant: Armond Spencer. We were surprised (indeed, one of the participants was in shorts) to find 6 inches of snow on the ground, which made following the trail a bit of a challenge at times. But we made our way up, removing blowdown and doing side cutting and enjoying brilliant sunshine and great views.
April 22, 2007 - Pitchoff Mountain
TLs John & Susan Omohundro. Participants: Cliff & Gloria Daly, Hollis Easter, Ed Moczydlowski. Lots of snow, lots of sun (burn), lots of photo ops. It's a peculiar sensation to be hiking in shorts and T-shirt, yet sinking deep into spruce traps and post-holes. We chose to interpret that as refreshingly cool, not just wet feet.
April 22, 2007 - Outdoors Indoors - Outdoors Indoors: Adirondacks to Algonquin: The
View from Space
Frank Ahern presented a slide show on the use of satellite imagery and computer graphics to the study of the geology and ecology of northeastern North America, emphasizing Algonquin Provincial Park (Ontario) and the Adirondack Park. There was an introduction to how sensors can detect particular types of foliage, and to the types of image enhancement that are available. The presentation went on to show how the region was formed in geological time, how processes of uplift and erosion continue to affect it, and how landforms relate to the plants and animals living there now. Frank, who is a retired specialist in remote sensing, has written a popular book applying the techniques to Algonquin Park, and is considering one for the Adirondacks.
Photo: John Barron.
April 28, 2007 - Everton Falls Cleanup
TL Duncan Cutter. Participants: Paul Cutter, Armond Spencer, Doug Munroe. In about an hour we had all the roadsides, trails and falls area picked up – no real surprises until we came upon a pair of pants (no body, thank goodness) and a goat, the first ( and we hope last) strange discovery on our annual cleanup. As we picnicked by the falls, Ash, Doug's 10-month old black lab, was in paradise splashing in the puddles of the swollen St. Regis River. Our thanks to the St. Regis Falls recycling center for accepting our bags of trash.
May 5, 2007 - Black Pond
We had a glorious tromp around the pond in beautiful sunshine and cool winds. The kids took turns as leader except for Luke who, as sweep, kept us together. No cookout due to the burn ban but still a delightful trip.
Back row, from left: Cole Madore, Rebecca Miller, Gaetan & Sylvain Foisy, Luke Frazer, Niall Barron behind, Braylee & Caira Weets.
Front row, from left: John Barron, Joel Foisy, Gretchen Koehler, TL Blair Madore, Jeff Miller, Edith Frazer with Lindsay Frazer in front of her, Bethany Usher, & Jaiman Weets.
Photo: TL Marg Madore.
May 12, 2007 - Bog River Canoe/Birding Trip
TL Joan Collins. Participants: Vicki & Doug LaShomb, Tom & Eileen Wheeler, Ann & Armond Spencer. We had good weather and not too much wind for an easy paddle to the Upper Dam and then a nice hike on the new trail up the ridge. Saw lots of birds: a loon very close to the canoes, warblers, red crossbills, and a bald eagle chasing a fishing osprey.
May 13, 2007 - Santa Clara Flow
This was a switch from the Madawaska Pond destination. Sunny, cool, windy, and a great birding trip. We marveled at all the shades of springtime green, and at how low the water was. We had the river and several rest stops to ourselves.
L to R: Niall & Fiona Barron, TLs Neal & Barbara Burdick, Geri Ames, & John Barron.
May 26, 2007 - Lampson Falls Cleanup
Fine, sunny weather, few bugs and a spirited crew made for an easy work day. Although the lady slippers were past their prime, many birds were on full display, including a close encounter with a pair of Baltimore orioles. Afterward, it was off to Dick's and Joan's where we enjoyed the usual Kepes's brand of hospitality and tasty goodies. As Dick said, "Don't mess with tradition." There were no dissenters!
L to R: Dave Cooper, Donna Fay Mailhot, TL Gloria Daly, Jim McCulloch, TL Cliff Daly.
Not pictured: Ann & Armond Spencer, Deborah O'Donoghue & son Peter O'Donoghue, Dick & Peggy Mooers.
Photo: Ann Spencer.
June 3, 2007 - Bike Tour to Hopkinton
A perfect day for riding. We had to dodge occasional debris from Saturday's windstorm, but today the wind came up from behind for the homeward lap. Our route, mostly on back roads, featured:
- hilly terrain with short downhills and long climbs on the way out;
- a pause for fresh cherries at Miller's in Hopkinton;
- a long, easy descent on paved and gravel roads ending in a climb to the bridge over the West Branch of the St. Regis River;
- and finally a long straight run back to Potsdam on Highway 11B, aided by a rare tail wind from the east.
Photo: John Barron.
June 9, 2007 - Amish Country Bicycle Trip
We had beautiful weather for a great 28-mile ride south from Rensselaer Falls, east to Mud Lake overlook, and then north through DePeyster to Heuvelton for lunch. We finished by following the Oswegatchie shoreline back to Rensselaer Falls.
TLs: Tom & Ann Ortmeyer. Participants: Betty Peckham, Carolyn Kaczka, Rosemary French, & Bonnie Danis.
June 16, 2007 - Debar Mt. Lean-to Hike The hike up Debar with a stop to clean up
the leanto was great. We started with dark clouds and many black flies, but were greeted on top with beautiful views, a slight wind
and no bugs. It was a great day with renewed friendship.
TL: Nancy Skiff. Participants: Paula Skiff, Caroline Durant.
June 23, 2007 - Mt. Colden Hike
Cool temperatures, a strong breeze and bright sunshine made for excellent conditions. From the summit we enjoyed the views of Marcy, Algonquin, and other peaks, and of March Dam far below.
At the summit, with Mount Algonquin in the background, are (l to r): Lynwood ("Woody") Jiang, Andy Moerschell, Linda Moerschell, & TL John Barron.
June 23, 2007 - Streeter Lake via Youngs Road We walked into the old Schuler estate through the Potato Patch to
Streeter Lake and Crystal Lake. We had lunch near the stone mausoleum. It was a beautiful 60 degree day, perfect for hiking.
TLs: Kathie & Gordon Batson. Participants: Durward Thomas, Darcy Derochie, Alicia Schantz, Rosemary French, Nancy Eldblom, Carolyn Kaczka, Gene Kaczka.
June 28, 2007 - Evening Paddle and Picnic on Stark Reservoir
Stark was not stark; it was beautiful and the headwinds and strong winds of previous days were left on the landing. We kayaked and canoed a bit over four miles, starting with a stiff breeze and taking out in a flat calm in golden light. Ah, evenings.
Pictured: Peggy Mooers, Doug Ackley, Galen & Helen Pletcher, Ken Coskran (back row), Joanne Tulip, Geri Ames (front row), & Dick Mooers, TL and photographer.
June 29-30, 2007 - Stony Pond Campout
Five families (a total of 19 people) camped out together at Lake Harris State Park. We shared campfire treats, songs and stories. It was cold and windy both mornings, more like October than June! On Saturday, fifteen of us hiked to Stony Pond where the sunshine warmed us up over lunch at the lean-to. The kids especially enjoyed the many American toads, a garter snake, teeming small perch and catfish, and other wildlife they encountered.
Front row Michele & Tanner O'Brien;
Second row Kenny Ferguson; Trevor, Troy & Cara O'Brien; Cole Madore; Ciara and Braylee Weets;
Back row Don Ferguson, Todd O'Brien, co-TL Marg Madore, Jaimin Weets, Bethany Usher, & co-TL Blair Madore.
Not pictured: Iggy, & Kenny Ferguson.
A recent joint outing of the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) and St. Lawrence Adirondack Audubon involved bird observation during an easy walk on the Big Dam Trail in southern St. Lawrence County, along with a more strenouous, optional ascent of Low's Ridge.
Birdwatching (l to r) Uta Wister, Peter O'Shea, Anne ? (hidden), Kay & Ed Russell, Peggy Mooers, Jerry Lazarczyk, Joan Collins, Susan Black, and Eileen & Tom Wheeler.
Photo: Dick Mooers.
Low's Ridge Summit (l to r): Ed & Kay Russell, Tom & Eileen Wheeler, Jerry Lazarczyk, Joan Collins, Peter O'Shea.
Photo: Susan Black.