The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2008
Jul. 1 Low's Ridge - Upper Dam Trail TL Joan Collins. Participants: Ann Beaulieu, Denise Griffin, Joan Howlett, Fuat Latif, Emily & Jim Pugsley. The weather was partly cloudy, with no rain and little wind. The conditions were perfect for the thousands of mosquitoes that fed on us, but we did our best to ignore them! We hiked to Hitchens Pond where we had lunch at the picnic/canoe take-out area. Two people went swimming in the pond. Five of us hiked up Low's Ridge after lunch. We found 56 species during the trip including 16 warbler species. The Low's Ridge - Upper Dam Trail continues to be one of my favorite birding destinations.
Jul. 5 - Osgood Pond/Outlet Paddle TL Larry Master. Participants: Jim & Emily Pugsley. It was a very slow morning - no black-backed or three-toed woodpeckers, just a bunch of warblers, sparrows, and a few other birds. We had a nice paddle to near where the Osgood River becomes impassible a few miles downstream from Osgood Lake. The weather was very cooperative.
Mount Marshall Hike, July 19, 2008
On this rather hot, humid day we hiked in from the Upper Works to climb Marshall. We chose the ascent via the unmarked trail that follows Herbert Brook. The views from the summit were limited due to the haze and cloud cover, but satisfactory and well worth the trip. We met several groups of hikers both on the flowed lands and summit trails.
L-R: Molly Mott-Tracy, TL Charles Tracy, and David Tracy
Jul. 30 Birding in the Clarkson Woods TL Dick Mooers. We saw a few herons still on nests, the others perhaps off fishing on a pleasant summer morning. Our entertainment consisted of cedar waxwings, red-winged blackbirds, eastern phoebe, and some swallows, everyone eating at the buffet of insects spread before them on the marsh. Wood thrush and red-eyed vireo were singing unseen in the forest cover. Dick, Larry and Judy enjoyed a stroll and chat around the two-mile ski trail.
Evening Paddle & Picnic at Rainbow Falls Reservoir, July 30, 2008
We took a chance on the weather and were pleasantly surprised with clearing skies and a zephyr, made magic by three adult common loons swimming together and a female common merganser with her brood of six. We paddled for about an hour and a half and enjoyed our picnic supper at the launch before heading to The Hideaway for dessert.
L-R: TLs Peggy & Dick Mooers, Tom Ortmeyer.
Not shown: Nancy Ackley, Karen Murray.
Photo: Doug Ackley.
Cranberry Lake Paddle, August 9, 2008
We launched in Wanakena near the Pine Cone Restaurant and paddled down the Oswegatchie and into Cranberry Lake at Flatiron Point. We crossed the lake to Black Duck Hole. The weather was good and the scenery beautiful through the entire trip, and we had plenty of time to explore, relax, and enjoy.
L-R near Black Duck Hole: Debra Mitchell, Kevin & Laurie Toomey, TL Tom Ortmeyer.
Not shown: Eleanore Menz, John & Susan Omohundro.
Photo: Jo DenBleyker.
St. Lawrence River Paddle, August 13, 2008
The sun came out after a rainy day, and we had an excellent evening paddle on the beautiful Saint Lawrence River, leaving from Whalen Park and exploring the shoreline of Sand Island. We took a dinner break at the island, but stuck to paddling rather than swimming.
L-R, at dinner on the Sand Island boat ramp: Doug & Nancy Ackley, Kathie Colarusso, Sandy Heister, Kevin Toomey, Allison Charles, John Tenbusch, MaryAnne Durant, TL Ann Ortmeyer.
Photo: TL Tom Ortmeyer.
Colvin & Blake Hike, August 16, 2008
The day started with very nice hiking weather, but it would change when we reached the summit of Mt. Colvin. A thunderstorm with hail made our summit stay very brief and we left Blake peak for another day. We met a family of "Colvins" on our descent. One of the Colvin family members had his truck stolen the night before but still made the hike. Tom Wheeler kept the group interested throughout the hike with his knowledge and experiences. It was greatly appreciated.
L-R: TL Charles Tracy, David Tracy, Alicia Schantz, Marianne Hebert.
Photo: Tom Wheeler.
Mt Arab Hike, August 22, 2008
A morning climb of Mt. Arab under clear skies. We talked to Maridee, the fire tower steward from SUNY Potsdam's environmental studies program, on the last day of her 9-week internship, climbed the tower, looked at the exhibits in the cabin, took photos, picked blueberries, enjoyed the scenery.
L-R: TL John Omohundro, Maridee Rutledge, TL Susan Omohundro
Photo: John Barron.
Gothics, August 23, 2008
Ed Moczydlowski (left) and John Barron (right), the only two on the trip, were favored with perfect weather, perfect visibility, and spectacular views, such as this one from Pyramid Peak, situated on a spur of Gothics not far from the summit.
Aug. 23 The Man-Made Forest of Colton TL Bill Mueller. Participants: Pat Mueller, Marsha Shifman, Ron & Mary MacKinnon, Louise Bixby, Peter LaVine, Neal, Barbara & Melissa Burdick. The participants include a man born on the headwaters of O’Malley Brook, which we later visited on our walk, and two people for whom this was the first ADK hike. The day was beautiful. We started on County Route 58 on the shores of the ancient Lake Algonquian, whose sandy deposits provided the ideal soil for the scotch and red pine plantations, now 60-80 years old. We walked a labyrinth of forest roads, dodging debris from the June microburst, marveling at the beauty of the stately pines, and arrived at O’Malley Brook and a foot trail that followed the gorge through natural forests of beech, maple, hemlock and eventually oak trees. On our 300-foot descent to the north end of the trail, hikers collected award-winning amounts of trash left by anonymous travelers. A return up Lenny Road with another dodge into the forest completed the 3+ mile trip.
Aug. 27 Birding in the Clarkson Woods TL Dick Mooers Participants: Sheila Cerwonka, Mary Ann Cateforis. We enjoyed a still, crisp morning’s blue sky, seeing oriole, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, green heron, eastern phoebe, blue jay, wood duck, grackle, starling, and too many crows, and hearing red-eyed vireo, eastern wood peewee, and various Clarksonian Whatzit off in the foliage. Mary Ann counted 25 heron nests in the rookery, all with "Vacant, For Rent" signs.
Picnic & Paddle at Five Falls Reservoir, August 27, 2008
Mary MacKinnon, TLs Peggy & Dick Mooers, Mary Jane Watson, Geri Ames, Doug & Nancy Ackley, Ron Morrow, Karen Murray, and Clark Warner spent a pleasant and sometimes exciting hour on this smallest of the power development reservoirs. All five falls were explored, we had the company of a very tame Canada goose, and an American bald eagle posed for us for so long that we paddled away while it was still up there at the top of a dead tree near the shore. It was fun to poke our bows into the quick water running out from the rapids and to learn the technique of ferrying across a current in a sea kayak. Celebrating Nancy’s birthday was literally the icing on the cake.
Photo: Doug Ackley.
Aug. 30 - Bushwhack to Lost Pond Mountain
This unnamed mountain in the High Peaks is eponymously nicknamed Lost Pond Mountain,
for the unusual pond located in its summit bowl. This off-trail hike provided
solitude on a crowded Labor Day weekend, plenty of exercise, and a route finding
challenge amid cliffs.
The participants reached one of a ring of minor summits and were rewarded with
distant views of other ranges.
Shown in the woods on the summit ring are: foreground, John Omohundro; background from left, Susan Omohundro, TL Tom Wheeler, Ann Spencer, John Barron.
Photo: Armond Spencer.
Sep. 6 - McKenzie Mountain TLs Ann & Armond Spencer. Participants: Tom Ortmeyer, Ken Coskran, Caren Hotte, Nancy & Paula Skiff, Marianne Hebert, Caroline Durant. It was a gloomy day with a promise of rain, and we got what was promised. We returned the way we went up, and promised to do another trip with the full loop.
Sept. 13 - Saranac Chain of Lakes Paddle, September 13, 2008
We had a perfect day on the water for the 14-mile trip starting on Middle Saranac Lake, continuing on through the self-operated lock to island-studded Lower Saranac Lake, down the river to the State lock into Oseetah Lake, and finally to the Village of Saranac Lake on Lake Flower. Paddling conditions were ideal: flat calm all day, and Loons and Mergansers were seen.
L-R, on Middle Saranac Lake: Jim Plumley, Doug Ackley, John Tenbusch, Ellie Menz, Marilyn Fayette, Ken Coskran, Peggy Mooers, Chris Murphy, Mary Jane Watson.
Photo: TL Dick Mooers.
Higley Flow Paddle, September 24, 2008
Participants: Doug and Nancy Ackley, Geri Ames, Amanda, Miciah (age 1+) & Mike Balonek, Chris Murphy, Jim Plumley, Susan Omohundro, Mary MacKinnon, Peggy Mooers, Elizabeth Taylor, and Don & Jan Govreau from Texas. We paddled the length of Higley Flow from Brookfield Power's Big Rock boat launch. All “survived” the fun of campy, creepy Black Lagoon to complete the summer series of Wednesday evening paddle events. The Texans were delighted with the beauty of autumn on the lake and the warm companionship, light-heartedness and great paddling of the outing.
Photo: TL Dick Mooers.
Little Porter Hike, September 28, 2008
John Barron and Marianne Hebert sized up Hurricane Kyle, decided it was not a threat, and went ahead with the hike as planned. The morning was surprisingly pleasant: excellent long views from Little Porter, with mixed high clouds and bright patches and low clouds covering some peaks creating a very dynamic sky. The fall colors were at their spectacular peak, there was no rain, and there was even a sunny break. Then they climbed into the clouds, where mist and light rain were their companions for the rest of the day. An excellent trip and a reminder that the mountains are enjoyable even in wet weather. Photos at Little Porter, by each other.