The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
April - June, 2010
Contact Hollis Easter about Outings
April 11 - Red Sandstone Trail Work Day
We built a new piece of trail about 500 yards long just south of the sandstone quarry, which keeps walkers on the scenic shore of the Sugar Island Flow and off the quarry’s truck road. We built a bridge over a creek, set up an interpretive sign, cleared brush, and nailed up trail markers. All done!
Photo 1: Tim Schwob, Armond Spencer, and Kieran Perry of Colton (l-r) build a bridge spanning a creek flowing into the Raquette River.
Photo 2: Kirke Perry, Blair Madore and David Trithart (l-r) set a trail marker overlooking the Hannawa Power Station.
Photos: TL John Omohundro
Not pictured: TL Susan Omohundro, John Barron, Bill Mueller.
April 17 - Wilderness Navigation Using Map & Compass
Spirits ran high throughout the entire session, turning the rainy day into sunshine for the leaders. Many thanks to Dick and Joan Kepes for converting their home into a comfortable classroom for our group! In spite of the weather, the participants aced the course, locating all four landmarks designated on the topo map.
L-R: Marianne Hebert, Craig Chepeleff, TL Cliff Daly, Kate Chepeleff.
Photo: TL Gloria Daly.
April 17 - Hike to the Tooley Pond Road Waterfalls Blair and Cole Madore (TLs), Joel & Gretchen Foisy, Gaetan & Sylvain Koehler-Foisy, Jeff & Rebecca Miller, Ed Clark, Carin, Kevin & Jordan Hotte, Elizabeth Snyder, Michelle Leroux, Evan, Isabella, Ben & Joel Menard, Mary Terrance, Kiera & Kode Jacobs, Haylee Sunday, Kirke & Kieran Perry. The Tooley Pond Road is a seasonal road 17 miles long between Degrasse and Cranberry Lake. High water levels from snowmelt make spring the ideal time to visit waterfalls - the raging water is truly awe-inspiring. Unlike a mountain top hike, spring rains don’t spoil the view of the waterfalls. We visited Basford and Sinclair Falls then ate lunch at Twin Falls. After visiting the thunderous gorge at Rainbow Falls the little ones headed home tired and wet. A few families finished with a quick hike along the very impressive Copper Rock rapids and falls.
April 18 - Rideau Trail Hike in Frontenac Park
We spotted cars at the western and eastern boundaries of Frontenac Park. The commonly-used driving route between those points is very long, but in our case John O. devised a shorter shuttle drive using a very obscure and rough, but scenic, cottage road. The hike carried us past many high ridges, lakes, and beaver ponds, and over the top of Flagpole Hill which, despite being not very tall, offers an amazing 360 degree view. The weather was ideal - sunny, breezy, and mild.
L-R, on a ledge of Flagpole Hill near the midway point: Marianne Hebert, John & Susan Omohundro.
Photo: TL John Barron.
April 24 - Everton Falls Work Day
We cleaned roadside trash (not much) and brushed out trails, including the neglected canoe carry around the falls.
L-R: Doug Munro from The Nature Conservancy and Paul Cutter from the Laurentian Chapter at the foot of Everton Falls.
Photo: Duncan Cutter (TL)
April 25 - Mud Season Potluck
The Mud Season Potluck featured a presentation by Kate Williams, Executive Director of Northern Forest Canoe Trail. This not-for-profit organization promotes and encourages the use of the 740 mile long canoe route of the same name. Chapter members enjoyed an evening of inspiring photos and accounts about the Trail, which starts in Old Forge, NY and crosses parts of New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine before reaching its end point at Fort Kent, ME.
Photo: John Barron.
May 8 - Hike Around Black Pond Geri Ames (TL), Marianne Hebert, Toni Senter, Brian Baston, Matthew & Alex Burg, Cash Feeley. Despite threatening skies our hike around Black Pond was great! The cool temps kept the black flies away and the sun came out too. Two loons were spotted but never heard their haunting calls. It was a great way to spend a mostly cloudy day.
May 15 - O’Malley Brook Falls and The Tubs
A partly sunny day, we walked down to the edge of the Racquette River and the Stone Valley Trail, through Colton County reforestation, starting at the bottom of Lenny Road. Thence we traveled along the thickly wooded river trail enjoying giant pines, hemlocks, bigtooth aspen and soft pine needles underneath, reaching lovely O’Malley Brook Falls. After a snack break there (and a site cleanup spontaneously initiated by the crew!) we continued on up river to ‘the gut’, a mysterious and unusually narrow, deep formation in the Racquette River; thence out to the road and our vehicles.
L-R:, crossing above O'Malley Brook Falls: Geri Ames, Toni Senter, Cash Feeley, Kieran Perry, Alex Burg, Kirke Perry, Matthew Burg, Brian Baston, TL Bill Mueller.
Photo: John Barron.
May 29 - Lampson Falls Work Day
John Omohundro and Cliff Daly (TLs), Armond Spencer, Susan Omohundro, John Barron, Dick Mooers, Dan Romlein, Art Boni, Tom Ortmeyer, John Wood, Gloria Daly (TL), Toni Senter, Derek Weston. As the first project in a new partnership with DEC to improve recreational spots in St. Lawrence County, we worked with John Wood of DEC to build four bridges over tributaries into the Grasse River along the path on river right from the glorious falls to the old washed-out bridge over the river. Gloria, Toni, and Derek picked up litter. Cole and Blair Madore pre-cut the planks. We finished by noon and capped off with snacks on the deck at the Kepes’ house.
More photos are at http://picasaweb.google.com/ADKLaurentian/LampsonFallsMay2010TrailWork
June 5 - Paddle the St. Regis from Santa Clara Flow
The river was like glass the whole trip. Great weather made this trip very enjoyable for all. Lunch was at the first camp site after the river turns, a beautiful spot that led to many pictures taken of the trees and river.
L-R: Darielle Dartt, Carol La Due, Johnathan La Due, Brian Baston, Karla Flynn, and Toni Senter
Photo: TL Geri Ames.
June 19 - Giant’s Nubble and Washbowl Participants: Eileen Wheeler (TL), Marianne Hebert, Dong Yeub You, Jaheon Koo. We had a beautiful day for this hike. The breeze kept insects away and temperatures moderate. We walked to the bottom of Roaring Brook Falls and then to its top before climbing steeply to the Nubble, our lunch spot. There we had great views of many of the High Peaks and below us, the Washbowl, our next stop before completing the five mile loop back to our car.
June 23 - Evening Paddle on the Oswegatchie We launched at the River Road put in above Heuvelton, and paddled upstream to Beaver Creek, with two
short carries. We picniced on the bank opposite the creek, did a bit of exploring and then drifted back downriver. While it did rain earlier that day, we paddled under
Participants: John and Susan Omohundro, Joe and Kathie Colarusso, Armond and Ann Spencer, Jo Den Bleyker, TL Tom Ortmeyer.
June 27 - Cycling along the St. Lawrence, Grasse and Raquette Rivers
We postponed the trip by one day, trading pouring rain for very good weather conditions. Our route took us from Potsdam to Madrid, then along a road following the Grasse River to the St. Lawrence, thence to lunch at Wilson Hill, on to Louisville, then Raymondville, Norfolk, and back to Potsdam. One scenic highlight was a wetland near the end where eastern kingbirds and cedar waxwings were much in evidence.
Participants: John Barron (TL), Jim Murray, Ann Ortmeyer, Jim Scancarello, Tom Ortmeyer