Fall Harvest Time!

Stop by Gardenspot and see how the garden is shaping up this season!

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Help! Gardeners advice

Does anyone know what is going on at the base of this Peony? the picture does not look as yellow as it is in reality. Is this some kind of fungi?  is helpful or harmful?

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Update: This photo was taken last night. After a bit of research it looked as if it was “vomit fungi” nasty name

I wasn’t totally sure because it wasn’t exactly

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However this morning I looked at it and noticed  how it had changed and now appears to look like the images seen on the internet.

Commonly appears when thick layer of mulch is present and can be scraped around, thin out the layers and I think all will be well. Thank you for input, you were spot on.

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July 4th-Mohansic Lake

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It was an early morning trip to Mohansic State Park. Families were gathering and setting up for the day, grills, hammocks, flags, music…all picnic stations were buzzing with life. A bit further down the road, past the last parking lot there was the boat launch site quiet and serene.

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This was our third kayak trip this summer, the lake was still and the launch was an asphalt drive with a rubber mat half in / half out of the water. It was clean and easy entry, no murk or pebbles to stick in my water shoes.

There were only a few other boaters, some were fishing but most just coasting around. Lilly pads were lining the edges of the lake and appeared around the outcrops. I am still uneasy seeing plants under water so I paddle into the center of the lake to face my other fear, which is deep water (getting better with this as long as I keep my eye on the horizon)  I did see a water snake making it’s way across the lake. Happy to say it looked to be only about 18 inches long , Anaconda comes to mind and I remind myself that this is not the Amazon.

It was a great two hours. Bill did some fishing, I paddled about learning how to maneuver  the boat.  We had coffee and breakfast on the lake “alfresco”

Good Day, but I really need to take a class for safety sake.

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Trading Hiking for Kayaking for the Summer Months

June 25, 2017 Croton River

Summer is not hiking weather for us, however we have taken to the water. Two weeks ago we went to Croton point park, Today we went to Croton once again, but we tried the Croton River Tributary.  Certainly quieter than the state park, and some serene calm to begin the day. It was fairly shallow in places, and fairly clear as well, however there were pretty murky spots with lots of Hydrilla or Water Thyme.

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This is pretty much what my summer boating outfit will look like. New hat, new PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and a beautiful new Wilderness Systems Pongo 120 Kayak.

Two times out so far since we got them. My comfort level has gotten better, although I still focus on the Horizon rather than looking down.

Funny, I have less issue with looking down when I am rock or ice climbing  than I do looking into water.

 

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Springing into action again

Hopkins Mountain via Mossy Trail-March 2, 2017

First hike since last September!  I have always been a bit nervous on the start of this trail as it runs parallel to the Ausable River. If you remember Hurricane Irene tore through NY State in 2011, besides doing major damage to the roadways and the community of Keene, it cut deep into it’s banks, tearing through the forest and dragging , bolders, trees, bridges and pipes along with it. Early into this hike the trail is on the edge of the wall, with the river raging below. Fallen trees, tubing and wire fences still litter the forest. We have avoided this trail in the icy winter months because of this, however we attempted it this time and successfully, albeit tenuously, navigated this area. The trail skirts some private property and turns deeper into hemlock forests traversing up to 3800 feet. Winter hiking is slow for us, we tend to respect our turnaround time rather than worry about summiting, so we packed in a solid 4 hour hike and called it a day.

Van Hovenberg Mountain-March 3, 2017

Beautiful trail ,snowy, but not enough for snowshoes we used micro spikes up… but crampons down. Got to the ledge and had a nice snack with hot cider and trail mix. This is the second time here, last time was not snowy. Beaver activity really floods the lower area and makes for challenging footing. Another 4 hour hike.

Car Trouble-March 4, 2017 Engine light really put a damper on our hiking day. Certainly don’t want to be stuck on a remote trailhead up here. So we stayed put, knit, read, relaxed and enjoyed the cabin..Plan B.

 

 

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Back in the ADK

 

Sept 22, 2016: Marcy Dam to Avalanche Lake

Today was the first day hiking back in the Adirondacks since June of this year. We decided to break the “4 hour-tops” limit that we had imposed on ourselves earlier this year, and I am happy to say that we successfully finished this 8 hour round trip hike in 7 hours!  The foot trail to Avalanche Lake is the same trail that leads to Marcy, and Algonquin mountains and we have traveled this route many times. It is where our phrase ” .2 of a mile! ” originated, a comment that has come to mean “never ending ” in our hiking lingo. When we started coming to the Adirondacks we had gone past Marcy dam at 7:00 in the morning.The mist was hanging over a lake that was behind the dam and it was a magical moment. Hurricane Irene hit ADK badly in 2013 (?) and basically washed away Marcy Dam. The picture above is a far cry from what had been and is a cruel testament as to what nature can do in just a few hours.

Friday, Sept 23: 1st of Three Brothers

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It was rainy today. We knew it would be, so we planned a quick hike mostly covered with tree canopy. The 1st brother was 3 mile hike, 1500 foot ascent. Steep in places with scrambling in the higher elevations, but mostly a long steady ascent foot trail that was well marked and maintained. Not a whole lot to see, but we got a hike in without worrying about time, or weather.

 

 

 

Saturday,Sept 24 :Kayaking in Lower Saranac Lake

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This was a leap of faith for me. Not a great swimmer, dislike for being wet and having cold damp feet on a 50 degree day, I overcame my nightmares and got out on the lake. It was great, and we have decided that perhaps we can take on a new sport for summer months!

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Spring Hike weekend

Back in the Adirondacks for Spring!  We are not summer hikers, so this will be pretty much our last ADK jaunt until fall. Too many bugs, and too

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Downy yellow Violet

much heat make summer treks way to stressful. Between slathering on bug repellant and sun block I feel toxic rather than healthy, so staying home is the best solution.

May 19, 2016-Little Porter Mountain
Today the weather was forecast to be partial sun until afternoon pop-up thunderstorms. We went out early and took on a 3.8 mile RT peak called Little Porter. We could have continued on to Porter mountain (Big Porter?) but I think we have come to the conclusion that 4 hours is the maximum hike time that will allow a second day for another lengthy hike.

 

It was a great hike, IMG_5157beautiful Pine stand forests, running brooks and a manageable incline with a 2995 ft. peak. We paced ourselves taking pictures and taking in the early spring blooms like this violet . The summit was impressive, although not the highest peak it is a great span of Wolf’s Jaw, Noonmark and the Brothers.

 

May 20th, 2016 – Van Hoevenberg Trial

Today’s weather was clear, sunny and in the 70’s. We had thought IMG_5171 about Horseback riding, but we opted exercise ourselves rather than give the horse the workout. It was the right choice as the hike was a great one!  With a summit at 2860′ and a gentle
grade hike up it was a pleasant journey up and down.
Along the way, more spring flowers emerging trailside.  Summit was a beautiful view of the range and the valley

The trail begins with a serene pine forest. The needles padding your way under foot, so different from the rock hopping riverbeds of other peaks we have been to.  As we continued,the path opened up to a hardwood forest flooded with light and the bright green of new leaves.

 

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The skeletal tree forest

Early in the hike you pass through what is described as a  skeletal tree forest, and it is as eerie looking as it sounds.  Beavers had built a dam that flooded the area, and created a swampy habitat.  As the trail skirts around this area one steps gingerly from one fallen log to another to avoid the black mud. I find it ironic that one species can look at an area and see nothing but devastation, while the other species created it as a haven. At least the beavers don’t make the environment toxic, can’t say the same for humans.

 

May 21, 2016 – Baxter Mountain

I believe this was the first mountain that we ever hiked in the Adirondacks 7 years ago. It clocks in as a 2.6 mile round trip with an average grade of 11.2%. It was a great end of vacation jaunt, and brought back a lot of memories of our early days on the trails as newbies

We wanted to keep this trip a low key vacation and so we kept our hiking choices under 5 hours. These three hikes were perfect both in time and difficulty to make this trip both enjoyable and relaxing.

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