The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
April - June, 2013
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
April 21 (Sunday) Mud Season Potluck
A good turnout of chapter members enjoyed a lively presentation by Hadley Kruckzek-Aaron of SUNY Potsdam Department of Anthropology about Timbucto, a resettlement area for free black people established near Lake Placid by Gerritt Smith prior to the Civil War. As well as being a fascinating insight into an early social experiment, the talk reflected Hadley’s objective of instilling in her students an understanding of and enthusiasm for archaeological field work.
Pictured: Kruckzek-Aaron displaying an artifact excavated from what is believed to be the Epps-Lawence homestead, the most successful of a number of operations that made up Timbucto.
April 21 (Sunday) Red Sandstone Trail Work
John Omohundro (TL) and fifteen members of SUNY Potsdam History Student Association. Eight newbies and seven veterans of past student work parties performed some repairs to the switchback, erected an interpretive marker at the canoe put-in, and nailed up some trail markers. We were passed by a number of hikers enjoying the fine spring weather.
April 22 (Monday) Earth Day Walk
We noticed ramps (wild leeks), bloodroot, and trout lilies coming up, admired the blue beeches, and saw signs of porcupine and beaver. Each hiker shared a reading for the occasion, from poetry or essays about nature.
L to R: Duncan & Lois Cutter, Janet Green, TL Susan Omohundro, Armond & Ann Spencer.
Not shown: Eleanor Rosenthal.
Photo: TL John Omohundro
April 27 (Saturday) Everton Falls Cleanup
Duncan & Lois Cutter (TLs), Armond Spencer, Joanne Ferris, Doug Monroe - The Nature Conservancy Rep. Sunny, 40’s, no black flies. We worked a dry roadside and filled 6 sacks of discarded beer cans. These will be donated to the Potsdam animal shelter. We pruned the rock ledge above the falls for visitors to picnic and watch the tumbling water.
April 28 (Sunday) Frontenac Park
We had a warm, sunny spring day for our circuit of the Gibson Lake and Testmine Lake Loops of the Frontenac Park trail system. We saw abandoned mica mines, old homesteads and lumber mills, many lakes and beaver ponds, and an overview of Moulton Gorge. We encountered a trio of fishermen on their way to a backcountry lake and a dozen backpackers from Brock University out for five nights; otherwise we saw very few people.
L to R: Brian Baston, Marianne Hebert, Toni Towle, Peter Blood.
Photo: TL John Barron
May 12 (Sunday) Coney Mountain
Marianne Hebert (TL), Tim & Julie Rapczynski, Carolyn Kaczka, Jane Subramanian. The weather was not cooperative for Saturday, May 11th, so participants opted to do the hike on Sunday, May 12th. Weather was sunny and chilly, so the hike was pleasantly free from black flies and other winged pests. Spring wild flowers were in bloom, and we saw lots of trillium (red and white), trout lilies and spring beauties. Tim discovered a mysterious white cross just below the summit looking west, and Jane later discovered a newspaper article (www.tlfreepress.com/tlfp081029/page6.pdf) explaining the origin of the cross. Look for it next time you are on the summit!
May 18 (Saturday) Lampson Falls Clean-Up
Gene & Carolyn Kaczka (TLs), John & Tresa Wilson, Charles & Lila Hunnewell, John Barron, Joann Ferris, Raelyn Erdner, Marie & Lissette Fernandez, Gildo Torres, Andrea Torres. It was a great day for a hike anywhere. Our group of 13 swept the trails leading to Lampson Falls leaving not even a cigarrette butt in sight! All were delighted to meet a new chapter member, Marie Fernandez from Cuba via Miami, along with son, Gildo, daughter-in-law Lissette and grandaughter, Andrea (2 years old).
May 18 (Saturday) Bushwhack: Blue Ridge East
via Stephens Pond
Mike & Cindy McLean (TLs), Denise Mongillo, Valerie Keene, Bill Brizzell, Pete Biesmeyer, Pete Nye, Tom Folts, and Dan Wilson. On a rather warm and sunny day nine hardy folks headed south on the NP Trail via Lake Durant to arrive at the beautiful Stephens Pond. From the pond, we set a compass bearing and bushwhacked the 2.5 miles to the wooded summit, enjoying the wildflowers and identifying numerous scat found along the way. Occasional views of Blue Mountain and the High Peaks seen along the way and from the summit. The way was very open but for a couple of spots on the way up which we managed to avoid on the way back down. A nice day in the woods.
May 25 (Saturday) Indian Falls instead of Mount
With a forecast for Mount Marcy for 5” of snow and 50 mph winds, we agreed to set our sights on Indian Falls instead of Mount Marcy. Eight hardy souls set out in light snow with temperatures hovering around freezing. As we climbed, the trail, which started out as a stream, gradually turned into a slushy flow as the snowfall became thicker and the temperatures colder. By the time we got to Indian Falls there was a foot of snow on the ground. We paused for photos at the falls, had a quick lunch, and headed down. It was very nice to arrive back to the warm trail centre where we could change into warm dry clothes.
Front, L to R: Kathie & Joe Colarusso, Marianne Hebert.
Back, L to R: Brian Baston, TL Peter Blood, Tom Ortmeyer, John Barron.
Photo: TL Toni Towle
June 1 (Saturday) Owl’s Head Lookout
Unpredictably hot and muggy (80+ degrees), the group was grateful for the woodland shade along the trail, and stiff breezes on the summit of Owl’s Head Ledge. Several turkey buzzards entertained us with an air ballet performance. Columbine was in bloom, and we saw many toads and garter snakes.
L to R: Kathie Colarusso, Joe Colarusso, Julie Rapczynski, John Wilson, Tresa Wilson, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, and Derek Habermas.
Photo: TL Marianne Hebert.
June 9 (Sunday) Cycling from Cape Vincent to Alexandria Bay
We postponed by one day in favor of perfect weather - sunny, ideal temperature, and even our hoped-for tail wind. Highlights included a visit to Tibbetts Point Lighthouse with its historic exhibits and terrific view of white-capped Lake Ontario, and a wine and beer sample tasting at the Thousand Islands Winery. We had supper afterwards at Monaghans in Cape Vincent, which we recommend.
L to R at Tibbetts Point Lighthouse: Toni Towle, Peter Blood, TL John Barron.
Photo: Cyclist from another party.
June 14-16 (Friday - Sunday) Spring Outing A Great Success!
Spring Outing 2013 is now history, and we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Details
For historical reference, the Spring Outing website will be available for awhile at springouting2013.
June 6, 13, 20, 27 (Thursdays) Stone Valley Trail Work
Members of the St Lawrence County Mountain Biking Association and the Laurentian Chapter open up a new mountain biking trail in the O’Malley Brook area in the Town of Colton. The five-mile trail is slated to be opened in early fall.