The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2009
Mt. Arab Hike, July 11
A large group of new hikers had a fantastic trip up Mount Arab, learning about hiking safely along the way. It was a first summit for many of the participants. We were joined by Todd Moe of North Country Public Radio, who did a radio story based on the trip. Pictured are Don & Ann Carson, Aidon & Amy Stickles, Todd Moe, Paul Siskind, Connie, Shea, Cooper, & Kyle Jones, David Trithart, Rose Rivezzi (TL), Peter Edwards, Hollis Easter, Brock, Scott, Anita & Sydnee Francis, Abram & Laura Williams and Kennady Eager.
Photo: Eric, the summit steward.
Cranberry Lake Cycling, July 12
Our route followed secondary roads along the Oswegatchie River to Newton Falls. After a descent to State Highway 3, the return trip passed through Star Lake and Wanakena.
L-R: Kevin Gibbons, Bill White, Lyle & Mike Montgomery, Shirley White, Julia Cline.
Photo: John Barron.
Azure Mountain Kids’ Hike, July 20
Rose Rivezzi & David Trithart led the second in the chapter’s three-part hiking series for kids on Azure Mountain near St. Regis Falls. Perfect weather was the good fortune of these hikers, many of whom achieved their first summit today.
L-R: Lisa Beldock, Paul French, Colby & Nicholas Beldock, Molly, Debbie, & Tom Simmons, Geri Ames, Eileen Leedom.
Not pictured: Lila & Charlie Hunnewell, Eileen, Adam, Noah, & Dylan Jarrett, Matthew & Alex Burg, Ben Simmons, and TLs Rose Rivezzi & David Trithart.
Owl’s Head Kids’ Hike, July 25
A beautiful day for the the third and final hike of the summer Kids’ Hike series.
L-R: Sundus, Auny, & Jamal Kussad; Shea, Cooper, Connie, & Kyle Jones; Sandy Baker; TL David Trithart.
Photo: TL Rose Rivezzi.
Blue Mountain Hike, July 31
It rained all the way up and all the way down, but the woods were atmospheric, other hikers were few, our spirits held up. We talked to Caleb, the summer firetower guide. When we got back to Potsdam, the sun came out.
Participants: John Omohundro (TL), Bryan Herman, Bill Herman.
Debar Pond Paddle and Baldface Mountain Hike, August 15
A diverse and challenging trip: paddling across Debar Pond and climbing a rocky outcrop of Baldface Mountain. Our reward: a cool swim in the pond before paddling back to the launch site.
Paddling: Geri Ames.
At summit, l-r: Joanne Tulip, Paul Cutter, TLs Lois & Duncan Cutter, Ann & Armond Spencer, Jane Lobo, Kathy Hart.
Photo: John Barron.
Grasse River Paddle and Picnic, August 26
Nine paddlers enjoyed a cool, sun-drenched late summer’s eve paddle on the Grasse River via the Little River, with a picnic at Taylor Park’s beach in Canton. Cardinal Flower and other blooms colored the banks of both rivers, enhanced by the patterns of late afternoon light and shadow. Martha’s extensive knowledge of plants and wildlife added much to the pleasure of the scenery, and Tracy did beautifully on her very first paddle outing. Geri was pleased at the prospect of two new members of ADK.
Standing, l-r: Karen Wright, Terry Persons, Patricia Gengo.
Seated, l-r: Mary Jane Watson, Tracy Long, Peggy Mooers, Geri Ames, Martha Grow.
Photo: TL Dick Mooers.
September 5 - Marshall, Iroquois, and Algonquin Mountains. Mike McLean (TL), Alicia Schantz, Emil Klymkow. A beautiful day for a hike past Heart Lake and into Indian Pass, then taking the first left up to the Marshall/Iroquois Col. Alicia needed Marshall for her 46, so we climb that first before climbing up a couple of interesting cliffs and straining and crawling through some very thick woods to arrive at Shepard’s Tooth with its incredible views. Then we ascend Iroquois and Algonquin, enjoying the great weather and views. Back to the Loj in short order.
Cycling the Thousand Islands Parkway, September 6
Perfect sunshine. We cycled the length of the parkway from Gananoque almost to Brockville. High points included overlooks of the river and nearby wild areas; a very crowded tour boat port; and St. Lawrence Islands National Park’s mainland unit at Mallorytown Landing where we stopped for lunch and a swim (pictured).
l-r: Peter Blood, John Barron, Toni Towle.
Photo: Photo: Tom Ortmeyer.
Upper St. Regis, Spitfire, Lower St. Regis Paddle, September 12
After the portage at the start of the trip we had a leisurely four-hour paddle through the three lakes, ending back where our cars were parked. The day was warm and the threatening skies provided only a brief sprinkle towards the end of the trip. The boat traffic was minimal and we were treated to the sights of osprey, loons and blue herons. We stopped at Pulpit Rock to stretch our legs and snack before finishing the paddle. A good day!
In kayak: Ellie Menz.
Group, l-r: Sue Omohundro, John Omohundro, Ellie Menz, Nicole Kline, Julia Kline, Ron Johnson.
Photo: TL Nikki Coates.
Baldface Hike, September 19
Shown at the summit, with Debar Mountain in the background, are Zack & Dan Gagliardi, Duncan Cutter, Brian Baston, Jeff Stone, David Brouwer, TL Geri Ames, Mildred Wiedman, & TL Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: Photo: John Barron.
Piracy on the Red Sandstone Trail! September 20
Starting from the northern terminus, Blair told the legend of Red Beard, the pirate, and his treasure that was lost in the Racquette River. We walked along the eastern side of Sugar Island, finding treasure all along the way, until we encountered a friendly pirate (Margaret) at the northern tip Day Use Area. The pirate allowed us to trade treasure for hot dogs and marshmallows which we roasted on a fire there. The hike back was easier since we were energized by our cookout. Participants included TLs Blair, Margaret and Cole Madore; Joel Foisy, Gretchen Koehler, Gaetan and Syl Foisy; Jeff and Rebecca Miller; Heather, Madeline and Colden Wheeler; Felicia Neahr and Ed Dumas; George Gonos, Suzanne Zwingel, Celeste Zwingel and Clare Sullivan-Catlin; Lynn Hall, Emily Smith and Katie Carroll; Judy Johnstone, Robert Munn, Satique Besaw, Lindsey Besaw and Dakota Besaw; Gary Gonyea; Katina Thomson; Angela, Ricky, Christopher and Michael Rodriguez. All are pictured except Blair and Margaret Madore and Ed Dumas.
September 26 - September Farm. Bill Mueller (TL), Wayne Brown, Anne Carson, Don Carson, Kimberly Harrison, Elizabeth Matyas, Geri Ames, Tabitha Brown, Larry, Zach Gagliardi, Olivia Ree Brown, Mike Gagliardi, Eric Gagliardi, and two unidentified. On a beautiful sunny and cool day, we hiked the loop trails around this farm in S. Colton in mostly mature forest with a variety of trees comprising the northern hardwood forest and its conifer friends. One of the participants taught us a lot about mushrooms. Afterwards, we enjoyed chili, cornbread and some fruit pies. This was a ‘first ADK-sponsored hike’ for most; a variety of ages and wisdoms came along.
Wednesday Evening Picnic and Paddle, September 30
Bad weather prevented going out on the water to celebrate the end of the popular evening Paddle and Picnic series; but a “picnic” happened indoors at the Lobster House in Norwood.
l-r: Wayne Ratowski, Brian Baston, TL Dick Mooers, Geri Ames, Ruth Williams, Peggy Mooers.