The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2014
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
July 2 (Wednesday) Evening Picnic-Paddle Blake Flow, Raquette River
John & Susan Omohundro (TLs), Peggy & Dick Mooers. The first of the Wednesday evening paddles on this upper Raquette flow reminded us why we liked this time of day. The wind calmed down and the sun eased up, so we paddled with all our senses alert. Saw sheep laurel and iris, heard ovenbird and white-throated sparrow, tasted dark chocolate peanut butter cups, smelled balsam and spicy grasses, and felt sand in our swimsuits after a pre-dinner dip.
July 9 (Wednesday) Wednesday Walk in the Woods (WWW)
Dick Mooers (TL), Kathy Batson, Sheila Cerwonka and Marianne Hebert. After a wildly windy night, there was plenty of tree damage to negotiate on the two mile loop walk. Wildlife sightings included green heron, great blue heron, eastern phoebe, oven bird, Canada goose and, by ear, red-eyed vireo and hermit thrush. Frogs were seen in a tiny trailside pond. There were a few plants blooming, especially sheep laurel in the wetland. No heron nests were seen on the large beaver pond, which is showing signs of eutrophication. On August 13 there was a repeat walk with Marianne Hebert and Dick Mooers enjoying a shower-refreshed stroll, finding little changed in the wetland. Birds observed, included some very active belted kingfishers, eastern phoebes, and a hairy woodpecker drilling overhead.
July 27 (Sunday) Raquette Falls Paddle
Jo DenBleyker, Harry Doelger, Mary Mackinnon and Martha Orologio joined Dick Mooers (TL) for the 12 mile paddle from Axton Landing to Raquette Falls and back on one of those hoped for days when the National Weather Service gets a bad forecast dead wrong. We enjoyed the sunshine and dramatic cumulus clouds, the scenic falls, the adult and young mink crossing the river, the clutch of common mergansers sunning on a rock, the numerous mallards, the many great blue herons, the flock of four belted kingfishers, and each other’s company. Jo enjoyed the river swims - very much and very often. We also thank the NWS for giving us the river pretty much to ourselves. Can we go again?
August 6 (Wednesday) Picnic and Paddle at Higley Flow State Park
The draw of The Black Lagoon? Exotic goodies at the picnic? Whatever the reason, there was a good turnout with Diane Dowe, Charles and Lila Hunnewell, Tom Ortmeyer and Janet Wakefield joining Dick and Peggy Mooers (TLs) for the picnic and the paddle. We enjoyed the fun of the lagoon and Stump Bay’s very real beauty - a lovely body of water in spite of its name.
August 9 (Saturday) Potsdam-Canton Bicycle Loop
Tom Ortmeyer (TL), Carolyn Kaczka, Lila Hunnewell, Charlie Hunnewell, Ann Ortmeyer. Bikers Carolyn and Tom left Potsdam on a very nice summer day. We went out the Bagdad Road, and then explored several roads (some unpaved) before coming into Canton on Park Street. We met Lila, Charlie, and Ann for a nice picnic lunch at Heritage Park in the middle of the Grasse River. We then returned on a scenic route that included the Finnegan and Flat Rock Roads to get back to Potsdam.
August 16 (Saturday) - Nun-da-gao Ridge and Weston Mountain
It was a chilly morning, and cloudy most of the day, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. The group had a great day and enjoyed all the attractions Nun-da-ga-o has to offer.
Left - L to R on the ridge: Ken Macgillivray, Michael Minthorn, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Megan Macgillivray,
Abby Smith, Bill Juda, Carol Gable.
Right - L to R at Lost Pond: Carol Gable, Abby Smith, Bill Juda, Ken Macgillivray, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Michael Minthorn, Megan Macgillivray.
Photos: TL Marianne Hebert.
August 23 (Saturday) Hurricane Mountain
Blair Madore (TL), Cole Madore, Carol Gable, Lucas Hanss, Rebecca and Jeff Miller. We started about 9:30 from Route 9N and leisurely walked the first mile. This area was recently worked by an ADK teen trail crew that included our own Lucas Hanss. Luke was able to point out in detail the work they had completed and the techniques involved. He also observed work recently completed by other groups including a prison detail and we all saw materials waiting to be used by further volunteers. The ranger had put a request for volunteers right on the pile of wood! The rest of the trail was in horrible shape as it was in parts muddy, steep and rocky. The views on top raised our spirits, and lunch our energy levels, for the walk down. We topped off the hike with dinner at Tail O’ the Pup on the way home. A perfect Adirondack day.
August 27 (Wednesday) Picnic and Paddle on the Grass River
Tom and Ann Ortmeyer (TLs), Ann and Armond Spencer, Alison Charles, Dale Pondysh. The week delay brought us much improved weather and a good group. The paddle down the Little River included cardinal flowers, blue heron, and cedar waxwings. On the way up the Grasse, we passed rope jumpers and backyard sitters. We dined at Taylor Park, drifted back down the Grasse, and had a close encounter with a young heron on the way back to the launch site.
August 30 (Saturday) - Cycling the Long Sault Parkway
From Cornwall we cycled west on bike paths past the Robert Moses - Robert H. Saunders power dam, skirted some parkland, and arrived at the Museum of the Lost
Villages of the St. Lawrence where we spent more than an hour admiring the buildings and exhibits. Then onward to the Parkway, a scenic ride through the
islands. We stopped for lunch and a swim on East Woodlands Island. On the return we checked out a dive site at a submerged and abandoned lock, the site of the
Lost Village of Moulinette, and the new power generation museum. A cold beer was a perfect ending to a varied and interesting day.
L-R: Jeanna Matthews, Toni Towle, Peter Blood, Tom Ortmeyer.
Photo: TL John Barron.
September 6 (Saturday) Hike Low’s Ridge
Tom Wheeler (TL), Marianne Hebert, Eric Birkland, Eric Birkland II. Predictions of rain limited our group to four. The trip into the Upper Dam went well as did the ascent. The heavy rain began just as we attained the summit and we enjoyed the most limited views from this ridge that I have experienced. Descending, we visited Hitchens Pond before our return to the car as the rain gradually diminished. A very wet but enjoyable hike.
September 30 (Tuesday) - Mont St. Hillaire (Quebec)
The weather was ideal - sunny and cool, with a slight mist. We hiked on well-groomed paths through a stunning climax forest of towering sugar maple, beech and red oak, up the inside of this igneous intrusion, that gave us the impression we were in a wood-covered volcanic crater. We scaled three summits along its edges - Pain de Sucre, Dieppe, and Rocky. On the return we hiked along the shore of Lac Hertel, a central lake surrounded by the summits. The mist precluded seeing the St. Lawrence river from the peaks, but we had excellent views of the Richelieu River that originates in Lake Champlain and flows north to Sorel near Montreal.
L-R: TL John Barron, Marianne Hebert, Bill Mueller.
Photo: Hiker from another party.