The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2015
Cycling from Ingleside to Morrisburg, July 11, 2015
Hot and sunny, with a strong west wind. We enjoyed the shorelines, the Bird Sanctuary Visitor Center, and lunch and a swim at the Morrisburg town beach. We were fortunate to have perfect timing to watch a reenactment of the War of 1812 Battle of Crysler’s Farm.
L-R: Jeanna Matthews, TL Gene Gaffney, Tom Ortmeyer, Brett Lehigh, Toni Towle, Peter Blood.
Photo: TL John Barron.
Brandy Brook Paddle, Jul 22, 2015
Tom Ortmeyer (TL), Bill and Pat Mueller, John and Susan Omohundro, Jeanna Matthews, Bill Lunch, Alison Charles, and Ann and Armond Spencer. Our slightly delayed Wednesday night paddle gave us some good weather and interesting clouds behind the cold front that had recently passed by. We were greeted by a swimming mink at the boat launch, and accompanied by numerous terns as explored out to the St. Lawrence and then down towards Coles Creek. We had our sack suppers on a sandy beach, and then paddled back accompanied by kingfishers, blue herons and a single green heron.
Photo: Alison Charles.
Cycling the Seaway Trail, Aug 1, 2015
We started at the Massena Intake and continued west by the Massena Beach and then along the Richard Landing Dike Trail, through the golf course and along the paved stretch of trails to Whalen Park where we had lunch. After lunch, we headed for Wilson Hill where we saw some escaped cows and beautiful views of the water. We circled back around to Whalen Park by way of Rt 37 and then retraced our path to the Massena Intake. Everyone agreed to keep going past our cars and further east until we almost reached Eisenhower lock on an offroad trail behind Alcoa. We returned to our cars for a total of 28.5 miles. Beautiful sunny day for cycling along the river.
L - R, at the Massena Intake Boat Launch: Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, John Barron, Marianne Hebert.
Photo: TL Jeanna Matthews.
Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs, Aug 8, 2015
We were fortunate to have a beautiful sunny day. Hiking the Ausable Club road was pleasant but long. The climb to Indian Head was typically steep. The views from “Gothics Window” were unfortunately obscured by vegetation, but views of Ausable Lake from Indian Head were spectacular. We had lunch on the ledge, then climbed down and back up to Fish Hawk Cliffs for more outstanding views.
View from Ausable Lake, L - R: John Barron, Jon Montan, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza.
Photo: TL Marianne Hebert
View from Indian Head, L - R: John Barron, Jon Montan, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Marianne Hebert.
Alexandria Bay and Wellsley Island Outing, Aug 15, 2015
We met for a convivial bag lunch at the pavilion in Alexandria Bay, then caravanned to the Nature Center on Wellesley Island. We hiked, in beautiful weather, enjoying beautiful water views and varied terrain. It was Janet Green’s first hike since a winter skiing accident and long recovery, and she did well! - smiling all the way!
L - R, at The Narrows: Niall Barron, Janet Green, Linda Kinney, Jean Giblin, TL Lila Hunnewell, Charles Hunnewell.
Photo: John Barron.
Kring Point State Park Cycling, Aug 22, 2015
We had beautiful partly sunny weather for our 4 bicyclists pedaling to Kring Point Park, with a scenic stop at Chippewa Bay along the way. We arrived at Kring Point and enjoyed biking through the park to the beach. There we met Mona, Charlie and Lila for an extended lunch, which included swimming and a visit to Morgan Island in the park. It was a bit warmer on the return ride, so we again stopped in Chippewa Bay for a cold drink and to rest our weary leg muscles.
L - R: Jeanna Matthews, TL Tom Ortmeyer, Annegret Staiger, Charlie Hunnewell, Lila Hunnewell, Mona Torabizadeh, Hamid Eisazadeh.
Catamount, Sept 12, 2015
With rain falling everywhere to the north and west, our mountain was in ideal dry hiking weather. There were plenty of stories and anecdotes to tell, and we enjoyed each other’s company immensely. Time passed quickly and we decided to settle for the lower first summit. The views were already terrific, and it seemed enough for the day.
L - R on the first summit, true summit in the background: Niall Barron, Jeanna Matthews, Bill and Debbie Lynch, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza.
Photo: TL John Barron.