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Figure Eight at Lake Moreau ~ Mar 23, 2017

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber



Was this the last day for a winter hike in spring? Probably not, but 25 of us enjoyed the snow and cold temperatures with the sun warm on our faces. We reversed our approach, walking on and along the lake to the beach and then crossing over to the trail around mud pond. The trails had icy patches but after lunch became covered with softened snow.  Cattails and pond ice formations were lovely, but we were distressed to see that Mud Pond was so low that mud was showing through the ice in the middle of the pond. We wondered how the beavers living in the three lodges had enough depth to swim under water. We ascended the Red Oak Trail from the Nature Trail, looking for and finding logs with a view for lunch. We could see all the way to Equinox Mountain while we enjoyed chocolate cookies from Lenore and dried apricots thanks to Jim. 

We continued the ascent, then the descending red trail, and off onto the white trail heading for the porcupine dens. The undulating paths through woods were graced with dark rock formations and shimmering snow. The dens are natural holes in the ground with eroded small caves, probably caused by water. We saw some of their tracks, and further down the trail in a favored hemlock grove found many hemlock branch tips on the ground. Even though no porkies were seen we were all grateful for the beautiful day and trails and friends with whom to enjoy it.

Some of you wanted Lenore's Chocolate Crack cookie recipe. Here it is.

Melt together

6 ounces butter

1 1/2 c brown sugar

12 ounces semisweet chocolate

2 T water

Put in large bowl and let cool 5 minutes.

2 eggs-beat on high speed into chocolate mixture

3 c flour

1 1/4 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

Sift into mixture and beat only until absorbed.

3/4 c chocolate chips-(this is my own addition) beat into mixture

Let stand for 10 minutes to reduce stickiness. Roll teaspoonfuls into balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12-13 minutes.Tops will fell dry but not firm.

 

3/24/17 - Diane Wisell added 1 photo. 3/26/17 - joy munro added 4 photos.

23 photos



All 25 of us! Where is Lenore?



Maple syrup season.



Spiking up!



Playground Jim



Creepy shadow



Are the trolls above or below the bridge?



Cattails in the sun.



Bird blind at Mud Pond



Circumnavigating Mud Pond



Lodges on a low pond.



Where are the rest?



Found inviting logs.



Ray thinks the view is breathtaking.



Think spring.



Porcupine den



Looking at porcupine tracks.



Lovely undulations.



Steep tribulations!



Ever the elucidative educator, upon nearing a pond known to be prime habitat of Castor canadensis, Lenore describes key physical characteristics identifying this important Adirondack fauna specimen. - added by Diane



The climb up ROR trail - added by joy



Photo added by joy



Lunch line - added by joy



Sap running from a fallen tree - added by joy



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