The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2007
Cycling Cape Vincent to Sackets Harbor, July 7, 2007
Ann drove a support van while the rest of us cycled a hilly route following the deeply indented coastline of Lake Ontario. Besides excellent views, there were historic sites, including the end point of the tour, Sacketts Harbor Battlefield Park (yes, Sackets Harbor, the town, and Sacketts Harbor Battlefield, the park, are spelled differently. That's just the way it is). We measured our distance at exactly 50 miles. From the destination, we returned by van for supper at a restaurant with a terrific view of the lake and the Wolfe Island ferry dock.
L to R: TL John Barron, Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Susan Stebbins, and Carolyn Kaczka.
Photo: John Barron.
July 8, 2007 - Lake Lila-Shingle Shanty Brook Paddle Wind and waves came up, challenging us a little, so we
welcomed a rest at a beautiful sandy beach just past the marshy
entrance to the brook, which we had overshot. The inlet has lovely boreal habitat and twists and turns as it flows into Lake Lila.
We didn't paddle up it very far, because skies threatened, but far enough to know we will definitely go back on a calmer day. Some
of the birds seen were: bald eagle, common loon, greater yellowlegs, Wilson's snipe (many), olive-sided flycatcher, Virginia rail,
TLs: Joan Collins & Eileen Wheeler. Participants: Ed Moczydlowski, Tom Wheeler.
Mount Arab Hike, July 12, 2007
A gorgeous, cool, clear day encouraged a leisurely hike, with plenty of time for summit views, lunch, and chatting with Katie Christensen, the fire tower steward.
Pictured:Katie (right), a DEC intern from SUNY Potsdam's environmental studies program, giving an interpretive talk to (l to r, foreground) Tom, Matt, Kyle and (background) Brian Fitzgerald.
Not pictured: TLs Susan & John Omohundro and other participants Jake Fitzgerald, Lyn Burkett, and Betty Peckham
Photo: John Omohundro.
Jones Pond to Church Pond Canoe, July 14, 2007
The trip was from Jones Pond to Church Pond via Osgood Pond, the Osgood River, and man-made canals. There was good swimming and a sighting of a pair of loons with their babies.
L-R: John Omohundro, co-leader Ron Johnson, Susan Omohundro, Ken Williams, Ann & Armond Spencer, and Alison Charles.
Photo: co-leader Nikki Coates.
Higley Flow Picnic and Paddle, July 25, 2007
This picnic-and-paddle event was just great: Light wind, the golden evening sun, everyone pretty much together out on the water, and a boatshow of different kayaks and canoes. The series of summer evening paddles is a real treat. Several of the participants have been on all the Raquette River hydro reservoir evening events held over the past two summers. We're running out of lakes!
L to R: Betty & Don Peckham, Chris Murphy, Mary Jane Watson, Gene & Carolyn Kaczka, Peggy Mooers, Jim Plumley, Bob Bixby, Marilyn Fayette, Geri Ames, Alison Charles, and Nancy & Doug Ackley. Not pictured: Wayne Ratowski, Louise Bixby.
Photo: TL Dick Mooers.
Lilypad Pond Hike, July 29, 2007
We had a warm late July day for this hike in the White Hill Wild Forest. We followed a newly-opened and -marked trail that started in the easement land south of the forest. After walking an estimated mile and three-quarters, we found Lilypad to be a beautiful Adirondack pond with a rock cliff overlook. From the overlook we found a loon circling the pond, and spotted an unidentified mammal (beaver?) swimming on the opposite shore. A number of us took the opportunity for a brisk swim, while others enjoyed the scenery. As we walked out, several pledges were made to return to the pond soon.
Pictured: Sam Merrill & Jean Giblin (back row left); Brian & Lyn Burkett and Susan Merrill (middle row left); TL Tom Ortmeyer (left foreground); Louise Bixby and Jean & Karl Miller (back row right); Niall & Fiona Barron (right foreground).
Photo: John Barron.
Canoeing Sandy Creek, August 4, 2007
In five canoes or kayaks we paddled the marshes in the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area on the edge of Lake Ontario. The weather was perfect for swimming at the sandy outlets to the lake, and we even had a tailwind at times. Comic relief was offered by watching a small boat with a huge motor, breached on a sandbar, being rescued by most of the available male population.
Pictured: Alison Charles (TL), Phoebe Rogerson, and Bob & Janet Wakefield (l to r) take a break in the marshes of Sandy Creek in the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Photo: Tom Ortmeyer.
August 11, 2007 - A Ranger School Adventure A beautiful August day, dry and cool; We enjoyed immersion in the beautiful Dubuar Forest along the Reservoir, Microburst, Frost Pocket and Latham trails. A short bushwhack to the largest pine on the property was thought well worth the effort. Our circumnavigation ended at the ball field with a stroll through the peaceful Ranger School campus. The only disappointment was that more people had not come to share in the experience. TL: Bill Mueller. Participant: Nancy Skiff.
Coles Creek Canoe Trip, August 15, 2007
The sheltered waters in the creek gave us good swimming, a relaxed evening paddle, two loons, an osprey, lots of terns and a few turkeys. The St. Lawrence, full of white caps when we left, was calm as a millpond by the time we finished our paddle.
L to R: Jack MacDonald, Kathie Doheny-Farina, Doug & Nancy Ackley, Patsy Allen, Marsha Dalton, Carole Dykes, TL Alison Charles, Geri Ames, and Ron Dumoulin.
Photo: Dick Mooers.
Hannawa Pond Paddle, August 29, 2007
Seventeen members and guests paddled the approximately 4-mile round trip from the shoreline home of Carolyn and Gene Kaczka, who also hosted the picnic following the trip. Participants were Don & Betty Peckham, Mary MacKinnon, Peggy & tl Dick Mooers, Barb Pichette, Gene Kaczka, Patty & Lee Francis, Patricia Gengo, Mary Jane Watson, Chris Murphy, Marilyn Fayette, Sylvia Broer, Sharon Ryan, and Nancy & Doug Ackley.
Pictured: Don Peckham and Doug Ackley
Photo: Dick Mooers.
Saranac Lakes and River Paddle, September 15, 2007
Paddlers enjoyed the beginnings of a beautiful autumn during a trip to windy Middle Saranac Lake, breezy Weller Pond, and placid Little Weller Pond on a recent Saturday. Occasional showers gave way to lovely sunshine during the eight mile outing, with Common Loons and Mergansers competing for the paddlers' attention with the scenic mountains rimming the three lakes. Shown relaxing on Little Weller Pond are Barry McDermott, Ken Coskran, Peggy Mooers, Doug Ackley, and Ellie Menz.
Photo: TL Dick Mooers.
Tooley Pond Road Bicycle, September 15, 2007
A mix of warm sunshine and cold showers. Tough climbs and exhilarating descents on the road. We visited four of the seven waterfalls. Coffee afterward at the St. Lawrence Bookstore. Shown at Twin Falls are, from left, Ron Dumoulin, TLs John Barron & Geri Ames, Karen Karpinski, Marilyn Levitan, & Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: Ann Ortmeyer.
September 22, 2007 - September Farm Walk
A beautiful late summer day enhanced our hike around the 2-mile loop trail of September Farm, mostly forested since 1935.
An observant hiker spotted a spectacular chicken-of-the-woods conk, brilliant yellow, on a fallen maple log.
Chili and cornbread and other culinary treasures generously shared by the 16 hikers were enjoyed after the morning hike.
Participants: TLs Bill & Pat Mueller. Participants: Ann & Armond Spencer, Gene & Carolyn Kaczka, Linda Helmare, Mary Ann Durant, Neal Burdick, Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Betty Peckham, Dean, Madison, Erik & Kathryn Laubscher, Janet Wakefield.
September 29, 2007 - Massawepie Mire Birding
We had a lovely day for the Massawepie Mire field trip - overcast and cool. After we hiked almost
5 miles round trip on the old railroad grade, I asked if anyone wanted to hike the Mountaineer Trail around Massawepie Lake, and
everyone took me up on it! We found 26 species. We had windless conditions, and intently listened for black-backed woodpeckers
and boreal chickadees, but had no luck.
Participants: TL Joan Collins, Emily & Jim Pugsley, Neal Reilly, George Seymour.
September 30, 2007 - Evening Paddle on Norwood Lake
This last in the series of summer evening paddles on local waters was held on a mirror-smooth lake in golden sunlight.
We paddled a bit over two miles down the lake and up the Raquette River toward Unionville before turning back.
We enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the Lobster House in Norwood.
Participants: TL Dick Mooers, Clark Warner, Geri Ames, Doug & Nancy Ackley.