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July 5 (Friday) Tour the Timbucto archeology site,
John & Susan Omohundro (TLs), Dorothy
Moore, Marianne Hebert, John Barron, and ten
members of North Woods chapter. Rained out on
the scheduled date, we managed to visit Dr. Kruczek-
Aaron’s archaeology site four days later, before the
afternoon rains again drenched the field crew. We
learned much from professor and students about this
150-year-old African-American farm community experiment.
July 6 (Saturday) Algonquin Peak
(TL) Tom Ortmeyer, Tim Brown. Brian and Tom set out
from the High Peaks Information Center with new
ADK-Laurentian chapter member Tim, under cloudy
and cool conditions. The summit was socked in with
rain, fog and mist, when we joined about two dozen
others at 11:30 AM for our lunch break. Since both
Tom and Tim needed Iroquois Peak, we decided to do
that as well. On the way the sky opened up to a beautiful
day with excellent views of the rest of the Peaks.
As a side note, legendary mud holes between the two
peaks are now covered with boardwalks!
July 13 (Saturday) Bicycle the Sabbatis Loop
Ortmeyer (TL), John Barron, Mark Bayer, Carolyn Kaczka.
We cycled from the south end of Tupper Lake to
the southern entrance to the Sabbatis Circle Road,
then back to Little Tupper Lake, where we lunched
and enjoyed the views. We then completed Circle
Road, and took a brief side trip to view the Bog River
entering Tupper Lake. We finished the day with a
welcome ice cream break courtesy of Carolyn.
Sunday July 21 - Paddling the 1000 Islands near Ivy Lea, Ontario
L to R TLs Peter Blood and Toni Towle.
Photo: John Barron.
July 27 (Saturday) Gothic & Armstrong via Beaver
Brian Baston (TL), Marie Fernandez
de Alaiza, Tim Brown. We went in on the
Lake Road at the Ausable Club about 7:45am. Up
the Beaver Meadow Falls trail summiting Gothic
around 12:45pm on a beautiful day! On the way
back we decided it would be a shame not to do
Armstrong as it was only 0.8 mi round trip. A great
day in the Great Range!
August 3 (Saturday) Dead Creek Paddle
Ann & Armond
Spencer (TLs), John & Susan Omohundro, Bob
& Janet Wakefield, Alison Charles, Mary Jane Watson.
We did not find Dead Creek dead! Indeed we found a
strong current. After battling our way up for about an
hour, we collectively decided that that wasn’t fun and
turned around. We had a nice (fast) trip back down
to the Raquette and then up the river for a ways. We
had lunch at a nice spot on the river and when we did
get back to the cars decided we had had enough.
August 24 (Saturday) Wright Peak
(TL), Brian Baston, Marie Fernandez de Alaiza, Bill
Mueller, John Wilson, John and Susan Omohundro,
Edward Walker, and Andres, Karyn, and Simon von
Cramon. We found a busy Saturday at the High Peaks
Information Center, but hit the trail right on schedule.
We had a good group, and enjoyed the challenges
of the trail on the way up. We broke out onto
the Alpine tundra just after noon, and arrived on the
peak soon after. We took an extended lunch, and
had outstanding views of both the Adirondacks and
the Green Mountains, which led to an extended discussion
of which peak was which. Following lunch,
we stopped briefly to view the airplane wreckage,
and then headed back down the mountain. The trip
back seemed a bit long, but by the end several in our
group were planning their next High Peak hike.
Sunday August 25 - Rock Dunder, Ontario
The Rock Dunder hike is a favorite for good reason.
It’s not too strenuous or too long, but offers varied
forest, challenging climbs and descents in places,
and excellent sweeping views of the Rideau waterway
where we could watch the activities of boardsailers,
boaters, and water skiers. Five of us enjoyed
the trail and also a short walk around the impressive
Jones Falls Rideau Canal lock station located nearby.
Other obligations in the evening regrettably prevented
the leader from staying for supper with the others
at nearby Hotel Kenney.
L to R, at one of the backcountry lodges
: Lila & Charles Hunnewell; Duncan & Lois Cutter; TL John Barron. Photo: a passing hiker.
Emerging from a swim in Morton Bay
: TL John Barron. Photo: Duncan Cutter.