This morning a group of us dared the weather and paddled South Creek to Middle Saranac to Little Weller and Weller Ponds.
We were happy to see a pair of eagles on Ship Island; we never saw them last year and were afraid they were gone for good. Also, the iris
and swamp laurel
We were lunching on Tic Island when the thunder started rumbling. Some of us made a hasty retreat, worried as much about winds on Middle Saranac as the lightning. The storm never hit us, but it had obviously rained buckets just before we got to Tupper Lake. It has been very hot and humid so afternoon thunderstorms have become the norm.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Today a group of us paddled the 8.5 miles from the Crusher put-in on the Raquette River to the state boat launch at Moody on Tupper Lake. It was a fast downstream paddle so not nearly as strenuous as yesterday's paddle. The weather was beautiful.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The water is still very high, so today we tried a paddle we hadn't done before. We drove just a few miles west on Route 3 and stopped at the parking area next to Dead Creek. We put in there and went upstream. We thought we would be stopped by beaver dams, but the few we encountered could be "skooched" over. The water was very fast and the turns very tight. So after paddling upstream for 3 miles, we called it quits due to fatigue instead of beavers. We are paddling again tomorrow and didn't want to completely exhaust ourselves.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Today was the traditional picnic at the camp on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. Good weather, great food, and great company. This was earlier than previous years, so we didn't think swimming was an option. But one of our friends went in, complete with wet suit.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
15 of us had a nice paddle today, starting at the put-in on Floodwood Road and going from Floodwood down Fish Creek to Copperas, Whey, Rollins, and back to Floodwood. The water was very high, giving us good rides down the creeks. The weather was overcast with pleasant temps and low winds - and no rain and few bugs. We were surprised at how few loons we saw. Usually they are in abundance on Floodwood. After the paddle we went across to the boat launch on Upper Saranac to take advantage of the open area to share cake in honor of Marilyn's 70th.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Five of us put in near the bridge between Rainbow and Kushaqua Lakes north of Onchiota and paddled up the North Branch of the Saranac River. The water is still quite high. We made it 3.25 miles before having to turn around, and only had to get out and pull over 2 beaver dams. We had another day of good weather with few bugs.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
We never completed the Paddle Pursuit we started several years ago. So friends decided we should take the opportunity to paddle Mountain Pond today. It is reached via the roads at the Hays Brook trail system north of Paul Smith's where we hiked among the lady slippers last week. The weather was nice, there weren't many bugs, and the paddle was very pleasant. So now we've done all the required large and small lakes. Just a few rivers to go and we'll qualify for the patch.
Monday, June 3, 2013
This morning we led a group of 13 on the one-way paddle from South Creek, through Middle Saranac Lake, up the river through the upper locks and into Lower Saranac Lake where we had lunch on Bluff Island then through First and Second Ponds to the takeout. It was fairly windy so the waves were exciting on Middle Saranac, but fortunately the wind was behind us.