For a variety of reasons it's important to me that Floodwood, Follensby Clear and Rollins Pond are part of my kids' Adirondack vocabulary, so we've done a bit of camping and paddling up that way. Our most recent trip was this past weekend.
We broke in a new 6-person tent. Nice having the extra head room. The kids think it's cool for them to each have their own tent, so the four us actually sleep in 3 tents. Ridiculous, but that's the luxury of canoe (or car) camping.
Also ridiculous is the flotilla we bring along. The green and yellow SUP is an inflatable, so it packs down and goes in the car. The rigid SUP and the canoe go on the roof.
I built the canoe almost 25 years ago (). She's a bit banged up and could really stand a sanding and re-varnishing, but still has great lines:
Rollins is huge (400+ acres) and can get a bit rough when the breeze picks up (which it often does), but it was like glass Saturday afternoon. Motorboats are allowed up to 25hp, but it's rare to see one.
That's Ampersand Mountain in the background ^^.
Out for an evening paddle:
It ain't camping without a fire:
Great stargazing since it was a clear night with no moon. Lots of loons calling at night and the next morning. Daniel doing a little solo paddling Sunday morning:
Paddled / portaged over to Whey Pond Sunday morning. Loons were swimming and diving all around us, but I somehow missed getting any decent photos. I did however manage to grab a shot of this bald eagle:
I've seen lots of eagles out west and up in Alaska, but only a few in the Adirondacks. It was cool to be able to paddle this close and watch him for a few minutes before he flew off. Super psyched that Beth and the kids got to experience it too, probably the highlight of the weekend for the 4 of us.
Thanks for posting the pictures, it brings back a lot of memories. We went camping at Rollins Pond one or two times every year from when I started walking, to mid-teens. Coincidentally, so did my wife, although we don't recall ever having crossed paths there. Canoeing through the 'special waters' spot from Rollins Pond to Fish Creek was always the highlight.
Very cool report and looks like a great time. I need to explore that area of the park more. Starting to see more eagles, beginning about 3 or 4 years ago, around the Piseco area while paddling, as well as multiple places on the West Canada here in the SW corner of the park. Even one sitting on the Hinkley Dam every so often. 3 or 4 in that area of the reservoir, in the trees.
Nice photo essay , we too are seeing eagles along the St Lawrence , but our new big residents are the ospreys which are now coming back to the region . Their huge nests sit on telephone poles near the River . Beautiful creature supposedly mates for life . We see them from the Clayton to Massena Stretch of river about an 80 mile range .
. A lot more komorants around then in the past as well
Whoa. Where are you seeing komorants at ? I know lake Champlain has a rather large komorant problem. They'd like to see that population reduced by approx 75%. I believe they're considered anuisanse species there as they can clean out the fish population faster than a chinese trawler.
I spent last Tuesday on lake george volunteering for the asian clam survey. I went around checking for clams with the Fund for Lake George and garnered some info in the process.
Champlain has 50! invasive species. 50 ! OMG !!! Lake george has 5. It's so crucial to clean your boat canoe kayak and paddles etc !!!
Consider this....... Lake Tahoe spends $1,000,000.00 per year just to treat one invasive ( asian clams ) in one bay ! That's one species in just one spot ! It's not hard to imagine these invasives completely overwhelming/ruining an ecosystem.
We saw an eagle and another very usual bird in the air. What appeared to be a C130 flew down the lake valley at an altitude lower than the mtn tops