Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Another Beautiful Adirondack Day

We did an interesting explore today.  We drove 4.8 miles down the road in Massawepie, as directed by the entry for the Massawepie Mire hike on the Tupper Lake webpage, turned right, drove another 0.2 mile and parked on the right near the gate to the old railroad grade.  That is the beginning of a 5-mile trail through various habitats, primarily the huge bog, though there are more trees at that end of the bog than where we were a couple of weeks ago.  The trail looked pretty good near the beginning, so took the bikes off the car and started off.

Unfortunately, what the trail description did not tell us was that in many places the railroad ties are still in place.

We rode a bit further, trying to ride along the side, which was too wet in places.

After only about a mile we gave up, parked the bikes along the trail, and started walking, not that walking along unevenly spaced railroad ties is much fun either.  About one and a half miles from the beginning we reached the bridge across the Grass River.

The trail after that was greatly improved with no ties and not too soft for bikes.  And the bunchberry plants (Cornus canadensis) were prolific in spots.

We only walked about another quarter mile before turning around.  From the satellite view in google maps it looks as though you should be able to enter the trail from the other end off Route 3, near Grass River Flow.  We will explore that another day.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Paddling Forked Lake

We drove back north from NJ yesterday. Today, we had a great paddle on Forked Lake.  The weather was fantastic and there weren't many bugs.

We put in at the campground and paddled along the south shore and down the Raquette River until we encountered too many rocks to proceed.  Then we came back out of the river and headed west to the end of the carry from Raquette Lake where we ate lunch on the dock.  Then some of us continued west to the end of the lake and headed up the Brandreth Lake outlet.

We weren't able to go very far, not due to beavers - the water was still quite deep - but because some folks stayed at the dock and since this was an ADK paddle, we felt we needed to go back to join them.  But I'd love to go back and see how far up the outlet one can paddle.  By the time we returned to our cars we had paddled a total of 14 miles!!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

In New Jersey

We drove back to New Jersey on Thursday to spend about 10 days in doctor's appointments and various other activities.  This afternoon we went to the final RBCMS concert of the season.  It was a larger group than usual performing - 10 instrumentalists from Frisson.  I really enjoyed the larger group, especially since woodwinds are my favorite.  They played

  • Mozart - Quartet in F Major for oboe and strings
  • Bohuslav Martinu - Nonet No 2 (1959) - a really neat piece
  • Schubert - Octet in F major
After the concert we went to Temple Gourmet restaurant in downtown Red Bank.  It was very good.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Massawepie Mire

We had a nice hike this morning through land owned by the Boy Scouts in the area of Massawepie Lake.  We took trails we had never been on before and ended at an overlook at the edge of Massawepie Mire, a very neat bog.

It looks as though you can get farther on the bog if you drive south, so I'm determined to do that before the scouts arrive.

It was very warm, in the 80's for the second day in a row, and the deer flies were already out, in addition to black flies and lots of mosquitoes.

After the hike we went to Raquette River Brewery for lunch.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

We did the traditional Memorial Day paddle then picnic with our friends today.  The paddle was on Deer River Flow.  Despite an iffy weather forecast, the weather was beautiful all day.  The Flow is a pretty place to paddle, but not very large.

We paddled to the dam where we took out for an early lunch.  The river beyond the dam is very picturesque.

Then we returned to the put-in where someone decided the beavers also need access to TV.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

At Camp

We drove to camp on Wednesday, May 16.  We have spent the time working around camp and did a short, windy paddle on the Flow.  So nothing worth blogging about.  Today we took the bikes to Fish Creek and did one circuit.  The weather has been great.  The black flies are out and are just starting to bite.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Quilt #55

I just realized I never posted a photo of the quilt I made for my grandson for last Christmas.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Chamber Music Concert

We attended another RBCMS concert this afternoon.  The Brentano String Quartet played

  • Mozart - Quartet in E flat major, K 428
  • Webern - Bagatellen; alternating with Schubert - Minuets
  • Gesualdo - Three Madrigals from Book V
  • Beethoven - String Quartet in C minor, Op 18, No 4

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Quilt 54

This quilt is a reduced version of "Northern Neighbors" by Deb Tucker, done without using any of her rulers.

Quilt #53

This is based on Ricky Tim's technique in his "Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts."