Outdoor Adventures with Gary Lee - Vol. 173

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Outdoor Adventures with Gary Lee - Vol. 173

The leaves are changing and may peak this week if they aren’t all put on the ground with the wind and the rain. I watched them fall out my window on the pond most of the day today 9/25. That was better than the snow that fell on Friday morning. Some say that Blue Mountain wasn’t blue on top but white that morning as were several of the High Peaks.

About this time of the year, Karen and I went on a leaf peeping trip through Vermont and New Hampshire into Maine to get a lobster dinner. We planned a trip up Mt. Washington, but the road was closed because of a snowstorm followed by fog or a cloud just sitting on the mountain top. Later in the day, they opened the road and we went up, but you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. If Karen got more than five feet away, I could not see her for a picture. It was a mighty cold wind blowing up there also, so we didn’t stay long and followed a park truck back off until we were out of the fog. The steamed clams and lobster were good that night on the Maine coast. 

I’m sure the winds were very strong up there last week when Hurricane Fiona passed by headed for Canada. The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded of a storm hitting Canada came when that storm hit causing major damage to seaside homes and businesses, many of which were washed away by the storm surge. A lot of the interior boreal forest was leveled from the 100 MPH winds. 

Looking ahead this week Tropical Storm Ian is headed for the West Coast of Florida where it will build to a category 4 Hurricane when it makes land fall on Thursday. Much of the state will be impacted by wind and rain on the right side of the storm, but the west coastline will certainly see a storm surge as it hits and goes over land. 

Locally it looks like more rain is on tap for several days this week and so far, the forests have been soaking it up as my little intermittent stream is just barely running.  We got over four inches of rain during the week and another half inch today. 

I had a hike into Rockdam on the South Branch of the Moose River Saturday for the Indian Lake Moose Festival. We didn’t see any Moose, but there were signs that they had been around. Some big bull tracks in the old snowmobile trail that were made sometime this week and there was one seen along this trail a week ago which could have been him. Along the trail there are many big black cherry trees and most of the fruit has fallen. It nearly covers the ground under these trees, so there is plenty to eat for the wildlife in that area. Deer, bear, marten, fisher, fox, coyotes, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, grouse, turkeys and raccoons will eat these berries. The bears will get up in the top of these trees and eat up there before the berries fall. Sometimes they will make a nest like structure from the branches as they clean the berries off. This becomes a platform for them to work off. They will do this in beech trees also when there is a good beech nut crop. I’ve caught them up in these trees a few times and it doesn’t take them very long to slide down the trunk, get on the ground and get out of the area. Sometimes they have the whole family up there having lunch. We did see bear poop along the trail that day filled with cherry seeds. 

The fringed gentians are in bloom in the open area behind the dry hydrant between Inlet and Eagle Bay. Some of the bigger plants will have ten to fifteen blooms on one plant, many of the new second year plants only have a single bloom. The flowers only open on sunny days and close at night to keep warm. They will be blooming until snow flies and beyond. 

The Inlet Kids Day is this Saturday 10/1, from 10 to 3 and sponsored by Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks. I’ll be on the fishing platform in Fifth Lake baiting hooks during the kids fishing derby.  

The Adirondack Center of Loon Conservation will be holding their annual Loon Celebration at the Paul Smith’s VIC from 1 to 4:30 with a loon calling contest, music, BBQ available on site, children’s games, silent auction and drawing for the Hornbeck canoe raffle. Go to their website for complete information www.ADKLOON.Org. 

Better get some pretty leaf pictures before they are all gone, but that’s another story. See ya. 

 Photo above: Rockdam where Red River meets the South Branch of the Moose 

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Fringed gentians

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