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Putnam Pond Paddle & Treadway Hike ~ Jul 24, 2014

Journal entry by Joanne



On a quintessential Adirondack summer day, with sunny skies, temperature in the low 70’s, and a gentle breeze, CC’s had a Choose Your Own Adventure outing at Putnam Pond and Treadway Mountain. Eric chose fishing. Dorothy chose paddling, and Tom was having a “Thoreau” day paddling then heading out on a solo hike to Clear Pond (at least that is where he said he was going). Ray, Jo-Ellen, Don, Fran, Cathy, Peter (F)and Joanne paddled across Putts Pond, anchored their boats and hid their paddles in the woods. About half way up the hike they heard voices coming along behind them and hark! It was Donna and Peter (W) with granddaughter Caitlin catching up to the group.
En route Joanne started screaming as she was being stung by a white faced hornet, then another sting then a third, then Cathy shrieked as she was being stung twice. (We later learned Donna also was stung passing through this part of the trail.) Ray noted the location on his GPS and on the route down we tried deviating from the path which was a great strategy until arriving back on the path…only to have Caitlin stung 2 times. Donna showed enormous grandmotherly sympathy telling Caitlin “it is only pain…get used to it…you’re young and you’ll be running into it the rest of your life”.
Despite the hornet drama the group had a wonderful hike through the verdant woods, and was happily surprised at the good, ripe blueberry crop along the rocky portions of the trail to the top.
Picture perfect day; about 6 hours (including blueberry picking and lunch) to complete the 1.6 miles kayak and 5.2 miles hike.

7/28/14 - Wanderer . added 8 photos.

7/29/14 - Ray Bouchard added 14 photos.

44 photos



Strong man Pete



The initial group of hikers: Ray, Fran, Cathy, Jo-Ellen, Pete and Don



Fran



Looks like we're going the right way



Photo by Joanne



Eastern newt



Hum...which way?



Don scaling the hard part



Fran catching up



Frequent blueberry stops



Photo by Joanne



Beware the false summit!



Photo by Joanne



Jo-Ellen found a mother lode



Caitlin, Peter and Donna at the real summit



Ray splitting his time between his GPS and his lunch



Peter and Cathy admiring the mountains



Fran and Don



We ended up with more than we started with!



Pretty bog en route



Boats were still locked when we returned



Photo by Joanne



Finding that perfect spot to hide their gear! - added by Wanderer



Traffic jam - I could have told them about the easy way around but I would have missed this photo op. - added by Wanderer



Fran practicing her rock climbing skills - a gentleman would have offered to help her but there wasn't anyone nearby that met that description. - added by Wanderer



When will the line of hikers end? - Peter, Caitlin and Donna - added by Wanderer



Treadway Mt from the false summit - added by Wanderer



Lunch on top - added by Wanderer



Pharaoh Lake and beyond - added by Wanderer



Distant view - added by Wanderer



Cathy and Joanne bookmarking the special "Red Rock Cairn" that marked the trail. - added by Ray



Joanne and Cathy at the summit of Treadway Mt. during our pre-hike on the Friday the 18th. - added by Ray



A Bunchberry plant with red berry-like drupes. The distinction between a berry and a drupe gets pretty technical so I'll leave that for you to explore on your own. Other examples of drupes are olives, dates, apricot, and plums to name a few. - added by Ray



For comparison, here is a picture of a Bunchberry plant that I took on 5/31/12. What appears to be 4 petals are actually Bracts, or modified leaves, which surround a cluster of tiny yellow-green flowers. Each flower produces a red-berry like drupe as shown in the previous picture. - added by Ray



Yellow Clintonia after the familiar yellow flowers have dropped. In time each flower produces a blue berry, which explains why the alternate name is "Bluebead Lily" - added by Ray



This is a Dewdrop or False Violet (Dalibarda repens) plant that grows much like the "Ground Ivy" that's constantly invading the edges of my gardens. It actually formed a dense mat above the trail. Thanks Fran, for pointing it and several other plants out to me. - added by Ray



Come back in a week or two and you will enjoy the Rattlesnake Plantain in full bloom. - added by Ray



I have a lot of trouble identifying mushrooms but I'm going to venture a guess that this one belongs to the Genus, Marasmius. Without going back, fending off the White Faced Hornets and checking spore color, size, etc. I can't be sure, but it might be the Pinwheel Marasmius (Maybe!). - added by Ray



Photo added by Ray



Photo added by Ray



Speaking of the White Faced Hornet; I believe that it was the nasty critter that stung Joanne, Cathy, Caitlin and Donna. This was taken the next day at my house, from a safe distance. It seemed quite content crawling on the Purple Coneflower and I was content to be on the shed roof, 6' above it. - added by Ray



As we approached the summit, Joanne appears to be calling out, "OK you guys, stop stuffing your mouths with blueberries or you won't be able to eat your lunch". - added by Ray



The rest of us quickly complied with Joanne's "request" but Fran kept finding more berries to eat as she backed her way out of her private patch. - added by Ray



As you can see, it was a gorgeous day and I couldn't resist taking one final picture of the calm waters of Putnam Pond under a canopy of fluffy clouds. - added by Ray



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