The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
April - June, 2016
Bear Mountain Hike, Sat, Apr 9, 2016
The inch of fresh snow didn’t discourage us, but the micro-spikes mostly just collected leaves and mud. The sky grew increasingly blue, and our vistas of Cranberry Lake were excellent, unimpeded by leaves. Most of the lake surface was open although ice blocked some of the arms. We didn’t see another soul until the hike was over. Participants: TLs John and Susan Omohundro, Linda Roesner, Bill LaRocque, Art Boni, Jackie Beattie, Elisabeth Craven, Chris Barnes, Beth Krawiec, John Barron, Gretchen Gedroiz, Judith Peabody.
Pitchoff Mountain Climb, Wed, Apr 20, 2016
Bluebird sky, no wind — a perfect day for a ridge walk. Winter wrens sang to us at the beginning and end. Footing was fine until the second 3400-footer. Then… icefalls on very steep trails. Bushwhacking around them required butt-sliding and spruce-clinging over cliffs, and some good luck to emerge unscathed. We agreed: this series of ups and downs is not for the faint of heart. TL John and Susan Omohundro. Participants Bill LaRoque, Jackie Beattie, Gretchen Gedroiz, plus two Hurricane chapter members.
Waterfalls of Tooley Pond Road, April 24, 2016
We were lucky to have glorious sunshine and temperatures in the high 50s. Although this spring is quite dry the waterfalls were still relatively full and glorious to behold. We had easy walks to Basford, Rainbow, Twin, and Sinclair falls where we reveled in the sights and sounds of so much water thrashing over rock. Copious pictures were taken while we talked of past and future adventures. This one was taken on the rocks at Basford Falls.
In back: Jean Fallon.
Middle row, l-r: John Barron, Jean Giblin, Marianne Hebert, Janet Green, Linda Kenny, Barbara Quirk, Gromit the dog, Margaret Madore.
Front row, l-r: Rachel LaRock, Rita Lewis, Isaac LaRock.
Photo: TL Blair Madore.
Not pictured: Dave Walsh.
Everton Falls Annual Clean-up, Sat, Apr 30, 2016
There were no ADK volunteers, but we had good help from the Nature Conservancy representative Todd Dunham and volunteer Tim Cutter, visiting from Connecticut. Chores completed: cleaned roadsides of all trash, pruned the hardwood trail, and cleared the softwood trail of trees brought down by winter storms. Duncan is planning to return later to clear the canoe carry of blowdown. Participants: Duncan Cutter TL, Tim Cutter, Todd Dunham.
Spring Wildflower Walk in the Clarkson Woods, May 1, 2016
It was cool and a bit drizzly, but the group still enjoyed the search for wildflowers (red trillium, azure bluets, trout lilies and sessile bellwort we all in bloom). We explored some of the trails, did a little puddle jumping, and ended the day with tea and hot cocoa at Jernabi’s Coffeehouse.
On the observation platform, L-R: Marianne Hebert, John Barron, TL Tom Ortmeyer. Photo: Jean Giblin.
Trout lily, Bluets, Trillium. Photos: Jean Giblin, Marianne Hebert.
Phelps Mountain, Sat, May 7, 2016
A nice hike with good company, but the trail up Phelps is steep, rocky, and very “rooty” due to severe erosion. Not our favorite trail, you might say! The summit was windy but lovely with excellent views. Participants: John and Sue Omohundro, TLs Tom and Eileen Wheeler
Frontenac Provincial Park Hike, May 8, 2016
The morning started cold, gloomy and rainy, but by the time we got to the trail head, the skies cleared and the sun came out. It was warm enough for a comfortable hike, but cool enough to keep the black flies at bay. We encountered several beaver dams, lots of trillium, a fox and a great blue heron.
L-R: Toni Towle (TL), John Barron.
Photos: Marianne Hebert.
Cycling and Tulip Viewing in Ottawa, May 14, 2016
A forecast of cold rain led to cancellation of the cycling plan. However several wanted to do short walks to see the flowers, and we went ahead on that basis. We viewed the most extensive tulip beds around Dow’s Lake. Lunch indoors at Dow’s Lake Pavilion, followed by walks at the Central Experimental Farm’s Ornamental Gardens, the Dominion Arboretum, and the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. Toured the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River by car. We brought umbrellas for the sometimes-heavy showers.
At the Ornamental Gardens, L-R: Marianne Hebert, Jean Giblin, TL John Barron.
Not pictured: Joann Krach.
Photo: Jeanna Matthews.
Lampson Falls Clean-up, Sat, May 21, 2016
Seven folks enjoyed a lovely spring hike to the falls. Many fellow hikers of all ages, with children definitely in the majority, were in evidence everywhere; a heartening sight! We had to look hard to find much trash and litter - a wonderful situation. However, several small bags were carried out. Lunch together on the rocks was relaxed and most pleasant. Participants: Gene and Carolyn Kaczka, TL; Lila and Charles Hunnewell, Tom Ortmeyer, Dave Walsh and Christine Sitts.
Mt Colden Hike, May 28, 2016
An early threat of thunderstorms evolved to a warm but enjoyable sunny day for hiking. Regrettably the leader began having some problems on the trail and decided near Lake Arnold that it was best not to continue. The official trip turned back there and participants could continue as an independent group which they elected to do. One other shortened the hike and those pictured reached the summit.
L-R: Rebecca Weller, Leslie Salathe, Patrick Carroll, Steve Taylor, Ian Taylor.
Not pictured: TL John Barron, Amy Bateman.
Photo: unknown hiker.
Robert Moses State Park Bike and Hike, June 4, 2016
We had a lovely day at Robert Moses State Park. We started the day at Eisenhower Lock where there was a ship waiting for us at 9 AM. We relocated the cars to the Nature Center and took off from there to Hawkins Point where we saw a 15 minutes film about the seaway and looked over the exhibits (photo is from their lobby). From there, we biked to the 45 parallel sign, the Barnhart Marina, Barnhart Beach and then back to the Nature Center. We ate some lunch, checked out progress on the new Nature Center building (looking good!) and then walked the Upper Loop trail. We called it a day a bit before 2. In total, Terri reported we had biked 10.4 miles and then the Upper Loop Trail is 1.6 miles. A fun day of many interesting stops, beautiful weather and some good exercise.
At Hawkins Point Visitors Center, L-R: John LaShomb Sr., John LaShomb Jr., Kimberly LaShomb, Marianne Hebert, Jeanna Matthews (TL), John Barron, Terri Persons, Brandon LaShomb, Joseph Koong. Photo by Hawkins Point Visitors Center staff.
Cycling, Moses/Saunders power dam in the background, L-R: Brandon, John Jr, John Sr, TL Jeanna, Terri, Kimberley, Marianne, Joseph. Photo John B.
Paddle/Sail Carry Falls Reservoir., Sat, Jun 11,2016
Cancelled due to unusually cold weather.
Wolf Lake State Park Hike, 6/18/2016
Nine of us plus two dogs braved very warm temperatures and the opening day of bass season to hike a loop through Wolf Lake State Forest, with rest stops at Huckleberry Lake (busy with anglers), Moon Lake (where some of us swam and we all relaxed at the only vacant lean-to) and Wolf Lake. We hiked either 5.4 miles if you believe the maps and brochures, or 4.5 miles if you believe the DEC signs. With assistance from some, John Barthelme counted 23 bird species seen or heard, including a loon with chicks getting diving lessons and baby herons in their rookery. We observed several ponds and wetlands (the dogs did more in-depth examination of each one) and marveled at an immense beaver dam. We agreed that the blue trail from Wolf Lake to the eastern of the two trailheads would benefit from some maintenance. Refreshing ice cream treats at Wood’s General Store in Edwards capped the day.
At Huckleberry Lake, L-R:TL Neal Burdick, Barbara Burdick, Marianne Hebert, John Barthelme, Carolyn Kaczka, Danielle Jerry, Bob Platte, Jeanna Matthews.
Ignoring the camera, L-R: Heidi Burdick, Scota Jerry/Platte.
Photo: John Barron.
Coney Mountain Hike, 6/19/2016
It was a great day for an afternoon hike -- we appreciated the shaded trail on the hike up, and then emerged onto the sunny summit with great views of Tupper, Little Tupper and Horseshoe Lakes, and mountains at all angles. When we’d had our visual fill, we trooped back down the mountain and then stopped for a well earned ice cream cone just up the road.
L-R: Daqing Hou, Bradley Hou, TL Tom Ortmeyer, Jeanna Matthews, Jack Koplowitz, Xiaoli Wang, Andrew Hou, Marianne Hebert.
Cathedral Rocks, Bear Run, and Pyramid Falls, 6/25/2016
We had a beautiful sunny day as we explored the Ausable Club trails in search of the elusive “Bear Run”. A plethora of cobwebs and the faintness of the path confirmed that this was an infrequently used trail. We found it to be a bit of a scramble up the narrow chimney of Bear Run, but a fascinating climb with a balancing rock above our heads. The cliffs on top were a bit treacherous, so we didn’t linger long. Pyramid Falls was a nice spot to rest on the way back.
At lookout above Bear Run:Niall Barron. In the background, Bear Den Mountain, Dix, Dial, Nippletop, Colvin.
On bridge over East Branch, Ausable River, L-R: Niall Barron, Dick and Peggy Mooers, TL Marianne Hebert, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza.
Photos John Barron.