The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2012
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
July 7 (Saturday) - Cycling from Malone to Mountain View Lake
The ongoing heat wave broke the evening before our trip, giving us perfect weather conditions. Our route featured several long, very steep climbs, and also some fast, exhilarating descents. There was fine mountain scenery throughout. Peter and Toni used the trip as a training run for the upcoming Ididaride, whose colorful jersey Toni sported during our tour.
L-R: Marilyn Levitan, Peter Blood, Toni Towle, Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: TL John Barron.
July 11 (Wednesday) - Raquette Evening Paddle/Picnic in Potsdam Tom Ortmeyer (TL), Alison Charles, Marianne Hebert, Terri Persons, Richard & Susanne Arens, and Karen Wright. We launched on the Raquette in Potsdam just after 5 pm in strong sunlight and paddled as the sun moved toward setting. We explored the inlets of Oak and Sugar Islands, and saw great blue herons, kingfishers, and frogs. We picnicked at the Red Sandstone Trail canoe launch, then paddled back to Ives Park accompanied by a symphony of songbirds.
July 14 (Saturday) - 1000 Islands Paddle Toni Towle, Peter Blood (TLs), Holly Doughty, John Barron, Bill Sommerfield, Phil Ibbotson, Marilyn Levitan. Seven of us put our kayaks in by the marina in Gananoque and paddled through the scenic Admiralty Islands. Weather was great and not too windy as we paddled through the more protected islands for a few hours. We found the wind quite a bit stronger, though, as we left the shelter of the islands, so we played in the waves for a while before seeking out a sheltered spot for lunch and a swim. We then meandered back, exploring the mouth of the Gananoque River on the way to our put-in. It was a long day on the water, so afterwards we took some much-needed refreshment at the Stonewater pub.
July 22 (Sunday) Bike Canton to Heuvelton Rose Rivezzi and David Trithart (TLs), John Barron, Carolyn Kaczka.We saw lots of Amish buggies, fields of hay, corn, and many fine views of the Oswegachie River. A warm, breezy day on the rural backroads that should make St. Lawrence Co. a biking destination.
July 25 (Wednesday) - Raquette Paddle/Picnic near Hannawa Falls John & Susan Omohundro (TLs), Duncan & Lois Cutter, Richard & Suzanne Arens. On a not too hot, not too sunny, not at all windy afternoon, we practically drifted from Brown’s Bridge to the start of the Red Sandstone Trail, where we grilled burgers. We heard and saw numerous birds and chatted with children swimming by the shore.
July 28 (Saturday) - Historic Walking Tour in Stone Valley
In celebration of Raquette River Awareness Week, Evelyn Riehl provided stories of early industries and memorable events in the lives of early settlers as we hiked the Stone Valley trail. Evelyn’s son Bill Riehl added explanation of some of the geological features of Stone Valley and even some tips on fishing in the Raquette.
L-R:Bill Riehl, TL Evelyn Riehl Not pictured: Lorraine Gowling, Carolyn Kaczka, Lila & Charles Hunnewell, Lorie Gruneisen, Debby Nikkari. Photo: TL John Barron.
July 29 (Sunday) - Official Opening of Canoe Access Trail to the Raquette River near Moody Falls
A lively group of people with interests in conservation and wilderness paddling came out to celebrate the opening of the new access trail to the Raquette. Besides those who could take part in the opening, credit is due to Blair Madore, who organized the work party that brushed out the portage trail, and Jim Sheppard, faculty advisor of the SUNY Canton Outdoor Adventures Club and his students and supporters who did most of the work. The DEC deserves high praise for establishing the conservation easement and constructing the road, parking lot, and signs. It was a signature event of Raquette River Awareness Week.
L-R, near the put-in point, a short distance above Moody Falls: John Barron, Pat Whalen, Mary Jane Watson, Mike Prescott, John Omohundro, Ruth McWilliams, Walt Paul, Peter O’Shea.
Photo: Carolyn Kaczka
August 11 (Saturday) - Canoe/Kayak Moose Pond Duncan & Lois Cutter (TLs), Charles & Lila Hunnewell, Kathryn Benham. Because of adverse weather on August 11, the trip was rescheduled for the 16th. Under sunny skies with a light breeze, we enjoyed lunch and a swim at one of five shelving rock areas that afforded views of Whiteface Mt. and the McKenzie Range. Accompanied by a pair of loons, we crossed the lake to a narrow sandy beach and thence to an elevated peninsula, giving us a view of this gem of a lake only a few miles south of Bloomingdale.August 26 (Sunday) - Rock Dunder
The weather was ideal - warm and sunny. We paused for a refreshing swim in Whitefish Lake. Lunch in the shade proved a good decision - the view from the summit of Rock Dunder was very impressive but it was quite hot in the sun up there. Afterward we drove to Jones Falls Lockstation of the Rideau Canal, where we admired this marvel of 19th century engineering and watched large pleasure boats locking through. The day ended with a fine supper at the dining room of the Hotel Kenney, located next to the locks.
Front row, L-R: Judy Green, Marianne Hebert, Toni Towle, Peter Blood, Carolyn Kaczka, Sylvia Haq, Charles Hunnewell, Lila Hunnewell, TL John Barron.
Middle row, L-R: Ann Spencer, Tresa Wilson.
Back row, L-R: Armond Spencer, Tom Longridge, John Wilson, Gene Kaczka, Brian Baston, Jim Kurtz.
Photo: Hiker from another party
September 1 (Saturday) - Snow Mt Blair Madore (TL), Carin & Kevin Hotte, Jeff & Rebecca Miller, Marianne Hebert, Brian Baston, Sylvia Haq, Kathy Colarusso. The parking lots were overflowing, yet we did not see another person on the trail. Perfect 75-degree sunny weather greeted us. Due to Hurricane Irene the flume walk up Deer Brook was closed, so we started from the Ausable Club and followed multiple lovely trails to Snow Mt. We climbed over 1300 feet, but only the last few pitches were steep and scrambly. From the summit of Snow Mt. the views of Giant, Noonmark, and Chapel Pond pass were stupendous. We took a detour on the way back to avoid yellow jackets we encountered on the way up, showing us more of magnificent Deer Brook and a nice waterfall. It was Carin and Kevin’s anniversary and it was sweet to see them holding hands as we headed out of the woods at the end of the day.
September 8-15 (Saturday to Saturday) Acadia National Park - Mt. Desert Island, ME Duncan & Lois Cutter, Dick & Peggy Mooers, Bill & Pat Mueller, and John & Sue Omohundro ran Acadia ragged with their constant motion: Hiking to Great Head and to Acadia, Beech, Champlain, Conner’s Nubble, Flying, Gilmore, Gorham, Penobscot, St. Sauveur and Sargent Mountains; kayaking and canoeing on Long (twice) and Seal Cove Ponds, and the salt water of Somes Sound; and cycling miles on the carriage roads. We sat still only long enough to gobble 16 popovers at the Jordan Pond House while being tempted by The Bubbles (small peaks) looming over the Pond. Well, yes, we did sit still as our cars climbed Cadillac Mountain to catch the sunrise. We admired Thunder Hole, Wonderland, and Beech Cliff. Some did go shopping in Bar Harbor, and some walked to Bar Island while low tide exposed the bar. Yes, we had lobster. I thought you’d never ask. We sat for that too.
September 15 (Saturday) Stone Valley EAP “Leave No Trace” Hike John Barron (TL), Ashley Oxenford, Jasper Syrig, Jordan Tabolt, Joshua Wheeler, Yusuke Aoki, Marianne Hebert, Brian Baston. An introduction to students in our new Educational Affiliate Program (EAP) on how chapter events work and on Leave No Trace principles. Five students and three experienced chapter members enjoyed a half-day hike in Stone Valley, following the East Side Trail from Colton as far as Lucy’s Hole (The Gut) where we stopped for lunch at a campsite before retracing our steps. There was fine, sunny late-summer weather. Water levels were low but some of the falls and rapids were still impressive.
September 22 (Saturday) Hike September Farm, South Colton Bill & Pat Mueller (TLs), John and Niall Barron, Duncan and Lois Cutter, Tom Lockridge, Ellen Woodworth, Joann Ferris, Eleanor Rosenthal, Nina Katz. We began with a semblance of sun and breeziness that turned into gentle rain about halfway through the walk. We examined fungal life, towering pine trees, the rushing stream cascading from the previous night’s rain, while walking two miles through forest punctuated with former beaver meadows and remnant ponds, then enjoyed chili, cornbread, pie and hot coffee in the 19th century farmhouse while we dried off.
September 29 (Saturday) Paddle Middle Saranac Lake to Lake Flower Dick Mooers (TL), Ken Coskran, Marilyn Fayette, Ellie Menz, Jim Plumley. This “nearly annual” 14-mile paddle trip offered a long, cool, misty autumn paddle in peak colors. It was really two trips in series: seven miles of the old days of paddlecraft, featuring wild shores and a hand-powered lock, followed after the lunch stop at Second Pond DEC launch ramp by modern-day camps and transit of the hydraulic lock into Oseetah Lake and the busier world of camps and motor boats for the second seven miles. We eagerly await next September’s rerun of the “14-Miler.”
September 29 (Saturday) - Bog River Paddle and Lows Ridge Climb Nikki Coates and Ron Johnson (TLs), Jim Murray, Debbie Nikkari, Bill & Pat Mueller. On a misty day with temperatures in the low 50s, after a leisurely paddle from the lower dam on the Bog River to the upper dam at the end of Hitchens Pond, we beached our canoes and kayaks and enjoyed some food and conversation. We then climbed 1.1 miles to the top of Lows Ridge. Although views were limited by the mist and the sun failed to make an appearance, the peak fall foliage added color and light to the day. We returned to the welcome warmth of our car heaters.