The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
October - December, 2008
Oct. 4 - Round Lake Paddle TLs: Duncan & Lois Cutter. Pretty cool (40’s) pretty windy (lily pads tipped up) but pretty color still on the hills. Loons were still in residence and calling to us, reminding us that mid-summer is the ideal time to head our canoes for that lovely stretch of white sand beach.
Oct. 5 - Leonard Pond Trail TLs Peter O’Shea & Joan Collins. Participants: Ann Beaulieu, Joan Howlett, Judy & Larry Lasman, Liz Martens, Kelly & Mike Noble, Jo Skiff, Ann Spencer, and Uta Wister. Our group found 20 bird species while hiking the Leonard Pond Trail. The most abundant species was red-breasted nuthatch (other than the hoards of Canada geese). The nuthatches were found throughout the hike, including several flocks. There were some wildflowers still growing in the woods, and mushrooms are still abundant - many different colors and sizes (some huge). Peter O'Shea identified animal scat, most of which was left by berry-eating coyotes, but he also found bear scat in the woods.
Oct. 18 - Tour of SUNY Ranger School
Fifteen participants, some from as far away as Montreal, Ottawa and Watertown, enjoyed a perfect, cool fall day, visiting four of the many main trails, including Reservoir trail, Little Haystack, Micro-burst trail, “The Frost Pocket”, and Cathedral Rock, of the 2800-acre forest of the Ranger School. We also enjoyed the restored fire tower and a side bushwhack to a 125-year old white pine.
Front row, L-R: Denise Deslauriers, Suzanne Liberty, Nicolette Nolan, Amber Meyers, Mindy Loucks.
Back row, L-R: Sung Lin, Niall Barron, Charlotte Lin, Josephine Sheff, Darcy LaCombe, Alicia Schantz, Pat Mueller, TL Bill Mueller, John Barron.
Photo: Paul Loucks.
Oct. 31 - Catamount Mountain Trail Maintenance TLs Cliff & Gloria Daly. Catamount was a fright on Friday: while the St. Lawrence valley basked in the fifties, the first viewpoint on Catamount, just below the chimney, was at freezing and accompanied by 30 mph winds. We lunched and turned around there, for we were very tired and soaked, having taken out about 30 to 50 saplings while hiking through 6 to 18 inches of wet snow.
Nov. 2 -Fall Potluck and Annual Meeting
Betsy Tisdale (right) presented a gift basket and a speech of appreciation on behalf of the Chapter to Anna Gerhard-Arnold (left). Anna, now a noted North Country artist, was the winner of a contest held in 1986 to design a symbol and logo for the Chapter. Long-time members recall the reasoning of Paul Jamieson, who declared that Anna's loon design was not only beautiful and artistic but portrayed a creature associated more with St. Lawrence County than with any other part of New York. The Laurentian Loon, now recognized as one of the most distinctive symbols from among the ADK's chapters, is used on web sites, the Chapter's newsletter, T-shirts, coffee mugs, backpack patches, and similar items, including the shirt Betsy is wearing in this photo.
Dec 20 - Whiteface Toll Road Ski David Trithart (TL), Willie Trithart, Bruce Brownlee, David Brouwer, Jim Allott. Five fortunate skiers found a fine day amid a series of storms. The temperature didn’t rise above 5 F at the start, but the clouds vanished and the wind dropped to nil. From the “castle” they scrambled up the icy rocks to the rime-encrusted summit. On the descent they saw an amazing “sun pillar” over Lake Placid - a first for all of them. The ride to the bottom was a rush, as usual.