The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2007
Bird Observation Hike at Indian Creek Nature Center, October 20, 2007
We had non-ideal weather - very windy, gray, and with some rain. The numbers of birds on Lower Lake were substantially down from a few days before. It was very nice to have two young people in our group of nine. We hiked the trail to the marsh deck and the trail to the tower on Lower Lake. We also visited the Route 15 tower later in the morning. Twenty-five species were found.
Back row, from L: Bob Wakefield, Bill Brown, TL Joan Collins, Ann Spencer, Debra Mitchell, & Joanne Stickler.
Front row, from L: Jonathan Rogers, Niall Barron.
Photo: John Barron.
Red Sandstone Trail Maintenance, October 21, 2007
We gathered into three teams on a leaf-lovely, warm, brilliant day. One team repaired the switchback on the steep hill near Sugar Island Dam. Another team built a bridge across a gully along the Sugar Island Flow. The women's team cut down the weeds on the railroad bed on the northern end of Sugar island. We saw lots of hikers on the trail.
L-R: Scotty Grant, Alex Weil, and Cole & Blair Madore.
Not pictured: TLs John & Susan Omohundro; Eileen Visser & daughters; Lisa Fallowski, Gary Grant, John Barron, Mike Weil, Will Romey, Karen & Jordan Gilbert, Tom Wheeler, Jeffery Newton, Illona & Donald Ferguson.
Photo: Margaret Madore.
Paul Smiths VIC Hike, October 21, 2007
Perfect weather for a mid-fall hike was enjoyed on the Barnum Pond and Red Dot trails at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC). The group enjoyed lunch on the deck of the VIC and an afternoon break at the lean-to on Osgood Pond.
L to R: Geri Ames, TL Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Bill Mueller.
Photo: Geri Ames.
November 3, 2007 - Crane Mountain TLs Ann & Armond Spencer. Participants: Nancy Skiff, Ken Williams. A good hike up this beautiful little mountain in cloudy fall weather. The pond was inviting, but we decided to delay our swim until the next trip (in warmer weather). On the way down a slight mistake of trail-finding found us on seriously steep pitches covered with leaves, but we recovered the trail and finished the hike. It was worth the long drive!
St. Regis Mountain Hike, November 10, 2007
We had a perfect sunny day - cold in the morning but toasty-warm on the summit. Freezing temperatures overnight made the trail icy enough to need traction devices. We admired the lakes of the St. Regis Canoe Area below, and the distant skyline of the High Peaks and other mountains ranging from Azure to Lyon Mountain. Ron Dumoulin joined us on the trail for part of the hike. At the summit, with some lakes of the St. Regis Canoe Area below are:
Standing, L-R: Sandy Hildreth, John Omohundro, June Fait, Marilyn Levitan, & Carol LaDue.
Seated, L-R: TL Geri Ames, Carolyn Kaczka, & Susan Omohundro.
Photo: TL John Barron.
November 11, 2007 - Eagle Eyrie. TLs John & Susan Omohundro. Participants: Armond & Ann Spencer, Ken Coskran, Darcy LaCombe, Alicia Schantz, Ginger & Bill Dora. The highlight of our nine-mile trip was lunch on a sunny windless ridge of the little mountain, Eagle Eyrie, looking south over a sparkling Lake Placid. We paused at 11 am to commemorate Veterans' Day.
November 11, 2007 - Palmer Hill Mine. TL Brad Pendergraft. Participants: Tim, Ian, & Lauren Bell, Nicole Adams, Caron Collins, Anne Johnson, Kyle & Jake Pendergraft. It was a cold clear morning with the first hard frost. The hike was short with some discussion of glaciers, gneisses, and how to make metamorphic rocks. On top of the hill we were amazed by the use of the fire tower as a large antenna. The descent into the mine was safe and easy; hammers broke rock and magnets were attracted to almost every rock. The big mystery was: how did the Ford Pinto get down there? We were off the mountain just before the rain started.
Rideau Trail Hike, November 17, 2007
On a perfect Indian summer day we hiked a stretch of the Rideau Trail, Ontario's long-distance footpath extending from Kingston to Ottawa and roughly following the Rideau Canal. Our route followed the Tay Canal, a branch connecting the town of Perth with the Rideau system at Lower Rideau Lake. There were woods, farm country, wetlands, and plenty of history including canal locks and abandoned farm implements. Coffee from Tim Horton's was popular.
L-R: John & Susan Omohundro, Ann Spencer, & John Barron.
Photo: John Barron.
December 1, 2007 - Leonard Pond Hike and Birding. TLs Joan Collins & Eileen Wheeler. Participants: John Barthelme, Randy Merrill, Tom Ortmeyer. The temperature was 4 degrees when we started the hike at 8 a.m., and 5 degrees when we finished at 11:30 a.m. There were gusty winds on the hike in, but the wind died down on our way out. Just after we started the hike, the clouds cleared away and the sky was a spectacular blue over a snow-covered landscape. There was four inches of snow but we opted to hike in boots. A total of 12 species were sighted, and we had wonderful luck finding boreal birds. We concluded with a stop at the Backwoods Inn (on Rt 56; once called Ham's Inn) for a hot drink and a bowl of soup.
Clear Pond Hike (Snowshoe), December 8, 2007
Thanks to plentiful snow our trip became an early snowshoe outing. The snow-covered trees and trail were glorious. Everyone enjoyed some hot chocolate at lunch and Cole even tobogganed down a few hills. We never made it to the pond - a challenge left for another day.
L-R: Mariana Sharp, Gaetan Foisy, TL Blair Madore, Kathryn Atkinson, Shirley Peterson, & Travis Atkinson (carrying five month-old Lachlan Atkinson in a pack).
Not pictured: Cole Madore, Rich Sharp, 17-month-old Natalie Sharp.
Photo: Rich Sharp.
December 12 - Whiteface Ski
The temperature was steady in the mid-20s with no wind at the base; lots of snow. Though the sun was mainly hidden on the south side of the mountain, it was out and we could feel some warmth when we came into it at the top. The rime frost was impressive, as always. The views included seeing the high peaks to the south poking through the clouds that were building in - and which brought warmth and high winds the next day. This was the day to be on Whiteface.
L-R: Todd Alessi; Albert & TL David Trithart; Blair Madore; Peter, Nathan, Andrew, & David Brouwer.
Not pictured: John Wood, Bill Mackently.
Photo: Joel Foisy.