The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
April - June, 2015
Lampson Falls, Apr 4, 2015
John Omohundro, Susan Omohundro, Karen Wright, Ann and Armond Spenser (TL). We had planned to go 4/4, but cancelled. We should have gone. On the trip, the sun finally came out on the way home! But the falls were spectacular, the trail was icy, and the down-river bridges were under water, and we had a good time.
Wellesley Island State Park, April 12, 2015
We had a sunny, mild spring day. There were a lot of climbs and descents over the rugged terrain, whose form showed clearly in the absence of any leaves. Highlights included an interior pond where we had lunch at a wildlife viewing shelter; views of the ice floe-studded, still-partially-frozen St. Lawrence on three sides; river-scoured potholes; other islands near and far; and the informative Nature Center. We did a bit of bushwhacking in steep, exciting terrain. The diversity of wildlife we saw was remarkable, including whitetail deer, osprey, garter snake, spring peeper (frog), and mourning cloak (butterfly).
L-R: Marianne Hebert, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Jeanna Matthews, Susan and John Omohundro, Jean Giblin.
Photo: TL John Barron.
Everton Falls Cleanup, Apr 25, 2015
Everything went well: trail maintenance and roadside pick-up. Doug’s dog found a porcupine hide, but avoided any quills. We surmise a fisher caught it and ate all that was edible, leaving a perfectly skinned hide. No black flies. Water quite high, with low branches leaning out toward the falls encased in ice from the spray. It was Doug’s 18th consecutive year of volunteering for the annual clean-up as The Nature Conservancy representative. He helps maintain Everton’s hardwood trail, first laid out by Paul Jamieson in the 70s, and he helps keep a neat Red Tavern roadside along the Conservancy property.
L: Doug Munro, R: Sheila Cerwonka
Photos: TL Duncan Cutter.
Bear Mountain Loop, May 2, 2015
The day turned out warm and sunny. There were a few isolated patches of snow, but happily wildflowers were beginning to show. We saw yellow violets, trout lilies, coltsfoot and spring beauties all in bloom. The group crossed paths with students from SUNY Potsdam’s ADK Laurentian Educational Affiliates Program on a planned Venture Outdoors outing. A good day was had by all!
L-R: John Barron, Niall Barron, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Marianne Hebert (TL).
Cat Mountain Hike, May 9, 2015
Anyone who would lead a hike when it was 85 degrees needs his head examined. Nevertheless, we heard much birdsong, enjoyed numerous spring flowers, examined elaborate beaver action - ancient and fresh - and shuffled back to the trailhead agreeing we were glad we went. And survived. Whew.
L-R: TL Susan Omohundro, Bill LaRocque, John Barron, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, TL John Omohundro, Marianne Hebert. Photo Carol Edmonds
National Trails Day, June 6, 2015
Details of this event can be found in the July 2015 Director's Report.
Left photo: Combined Glasby Pond and Cat Mountain Pond crews carrying in tools and one of the backcountry privies. First in line is John Barron. Photo Brendan Wiltse.
Middle photo: Glasby Pond Crew
Right photo: Volunteer Recognition Party
Bicycle Higley Flow Loop, June 7, 2015
We had a beautiful day for the ride, starting from Potsdam and bicycling (occasionally walking) to Higley Flow State Park for an extended lunch at the beach. After lunch we did some sightseeing in South Colton and had a nice cold iced tea at the post office in Colton before the final downhill section back to Potsdam.
L - R: John Barron, Jeanna Matthews
Photo: TL Tom Ortmeyer
Robert Moses State Park, Massena Bicycle and Hike, June 13, 2015
Full day of biking, walking and hitting the major attractions. We saw two ships - one upstream and one downstream at Eisenhower Lock right at 9:30 when we met - perfect timing, We took in several visitors centers - Eisenhower Lock and Hawkins Point. Biked just under 10 miles and walked just over 1 on the Nature Center trails. Saw the architectural drawings for the new Nature Center Visitor Center and learned they are breaking ground next week. Some of us finished out the day with a dip at Barnhart beach and then a campfire dinner.
L - R: Niall Barron, Mark Hartman, Jean Giblin, John Barron, Adrienne Hartman
Photo: Jeanna Neefe Matthews
Grace Peak Celebration, June 19 - 21, 2015
We had a gorgeous sunny day for the party on Saturday. Everyone enjoyed camping, technique demonstrations by Lean2Rescue and the 46er trail crew, entertainment by Adirondack performers, bison burgers and strawberry shortcake, unique Grace Peak beer, the award ceremony of the Grace Hudowalski essay contest, and short statements by some of the people involved in having East Dix renamed Grace Peak. Sunday brought the remnants of tropical storm Bill, so Toni, Peter, and John downscoped the hiking plan from a mountain climb to a traverse of the Bloomingdale Bog, an interesting landscape and the ideal hike for the day.
Left: Lean2Rescue Demonstration
Right, L-R: Peter Blood, Toni Towle
Photos: John Barron
Not pictured: Marianne Hebert, Ann and Armond Spencer