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Schroon River Paddle ~ Aug 28, 2014

Journal entry by Donna & Dana Westcott



A beautiful day as calm as could be, was broken from its serenity. The high water on the Schroon, made us desire lunch before noon.

The paddlers flowed with the river, and several times they did quiver. We were pushed side to side, like a float in a tsunomi tide.

We were without some silver friends, who would have comforted our nervous ends. But onwards we did fare, in category one rapids we did dare.

So you question our brave fleet? That carried on without Pete(s). Plastic boats moved past the danger, without a loss to the turbid stranger.

Lucky we were in the face of the flow, as shown by the faces which did glow. Next year we hope to repeat the day, with the Crooked Caners leading the way.

8/31/14 - Ray Bouchard added 9 photos.

8/31/14 - Margie Litwin added 2 photos.

14 photos



Rolling on the River



Lunch "al fresco"



Serenity on the Schroon (between rapids)!



Part of our group waiting for the rest of us to launch just north of Exit 24. - added by Ray



Neil and Dana, one of our co-leaders, patiently waiting to see if anyone needed help during the launch. - added by Ray



Jan and Jim are definitely in "Synch" in their tandem kayak. Do you notice how focused they are? If you look carefully at the river you may get a sense of just how swift the current was that day.- added by Ray



Erosion is a constant problem on this river. Notice the orange flagging along the edge of the cliff and the chunks of vegetation that fell from above. - added by Ray



A bit of forest forensics is called for here. If it weren't for erosion no one would have been aware of the mystery posed here. For instance, is that object under the tree a tap root and that is all that's left of it, or perhaps many years ago a seedling sprouted next to an old stump. The tree grew bigger and bigger until it eventually covered the stump, until the raging river exposed it. I'm sure that with a little imagination you can come up with other explanations. - added by Ray



I'm guessing that the flowering plants growing on the bank are called "Sneezeweed". It was hard to take a close up from a kayak that wanted to move with the current, but some of the downward pointing petals appear to have 3 lobes. If I'm correct in my identification, then this plant gets its name from the fact that years ago parts of it were ground up into Snuff, which when inhaled (aka- snorted), would make you sneeze, thus ridding you of all those evil spirits. - added by Ray



Cardinal Flowers - added by Ray



I can't take much credit for this one. First, I wouldn't have seen it climbing up the bank behind me as I sat eating lunch unless someone pointed it out to me. Second, I didn't have a clue as to what it would grow into, but I did remember seeing it recently in Jackie Donnelley's Blog (Saratoga Woods and Waterways) dated 8/26. She identified it as the caterpillar stage of the "Milkweed Tiger Moth", or "Milkweed Tussock Moth". The tufts of hair and the bright coloration serve as a warning to anything that would like to eat it that it is toxic. As beautiful as it is it matures into a drab, grey moth that flies at night. According to one source, the moth warns bats of its unpalatability by producing ultrasonic "clicking" sounds. Apparently this "Trash Talk", as they put it, keeps most of the moths alive long enough to procreate. - added by Ray



Could this be an early warning sign of what lies ahead? The End (of mine anyway)! - added by Ray



Not the best shot of a cardinal flower with the kayak bobbing and drifting about, camera in one hand and holding the riverbank weeds with the other. - added by Margie



Where was Ray with his telephoto lens!? Picture the hummingbird feeding at this cardinal flower moments before as I approached. Time for a new camera? - added by Margie




Another wonderful paddling day in the Adirondacks!!

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