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Camp Santanoni ski and Rich Lake snowshoe ~ Jan 29, 2015

Journal entry by Fran Herve



After meeting at WCMC and dividing ourselves into two groups: snowshoers and skiers, we arranged the car pooling and were on our way- the snowshoers to the Newcomb Adirondack Interpretive Center and the skiers to Camp Santanoni. It was only 10 degrees when we arrived in the parking area and we were tempted to put on all the extra clothes that we had brought. As we started gliding on the level carriage road that leads to the main camp we discovered that the snow was deep and fluffy. Others had skied and snowmobiled the trail before us and the tracks were in good condition. It did not take us long to warm up and as we arrived at the farm complex it was time to remove a layer or two. After taking in the view of the stone creamery, cottages and various other outbuildings we started the gradual uphill. On our way we studied the numerous animal tracks and our list of wild woods residents included mice, squirrels, fox, deer, probably weasels, ... but unfortunately we did not meet any of them, certainly because our chatter scared them all except for a few chickadees. We were looking forward to the downhill to the main camp complex and thoroughly enjoyed it as it is also gradual. As we arrived at the main camp complex I imagined what it would be like to be invited at Camp Santanoni, to be welcome by a big fire burning in the fireplace and settle into a comfortable chair ! Back to reality.... we walked down to the boat house and made ourselves as comfortable as we could on the floor. There was no wind coming from the lake and although it was overcast the temperature had gone up and we were able to enjoy our lunch and more conversation. Before long it was already 1:30 and since we had to ski 5 miles back to our cars we chose to leave the exploring of the buildings for some other time and put ours skis back on. The return trip was an easy ski out with more mild downhill. We returned to the parking area tired but delighted to have had such a wonderful day. Thank you Lynn, Ray, Nancy, Margie, Joann, Gail and Liz for joining me and making this day so enjoyable.

Rich Lake Snowshoe:

When I checked the Newcomb weather at 5 am the temperature was -12F – so when the forecast called for the temperature to rise into the high 20’s by the afternoon I was skeptical. However, when our group of nine snowshoers assembled at the Adirondack Interpretive Center at 10:15 it was already 10 above so things were looking up. After a short visit to the AIC to use the facilities and check out our lunch spot we were on our way west to explore the Peninsula Trail and Rich Lake. With blue skies and lots of sun we left the marked trails in exchange for a walk on Rich Lake and around the peninsula. It is surprising how walking in the sun warms you up, making the expansive views of Goodnow Mt and the shoreline more enjoyable. Lenore and Jack were present so it was appropriate to that we made it back to the AIC at or near noon for lunch – required actually- lest they collapse from lack of eating precisely at noon (what do they do when there is a time change?). It was a tough choice whether to sit in the meeting room with its plain conference tables and folding chairs or in the newly completed Northern Forest Room with its high-backed comfy chairs, tables, pellet stove and the view of birds feeding in one of the many feeders – I’ll leave you to guess which room we picked.

Ok – an hour is enough, so we slowly packed up and put on our packs and snowshoes for the afternoon hike of the Sucker Brook and R.W. Sage Jr. Memorial Trails to the east and along the shores of Belden Lake. Sam had to leave early for an errand but Margie showed up to take his place – having skied with Fran’s group in the morning. The skies had clouded up a bit but the temps were already in the low 20’s so it balanced out. The views were rewarding as we hiked in varied woods – from mixed hardwoods to mature white pine, hemlock and cedars –stopping often to try and identify the many animal tracks in the snow. Views of the outlet of Rich Lake and the connecting waters to Belden Lake were impressive with open water surrounded by snow mounds and ice formations seen from the two bridges we crossed. Glimpses of Belden Lake were abundant as we walked westward from the connector trail to Santanoni; first along the northern shore of the lake, then along the stream between the two lakes and back to the AIC. Arriving back early allowed us to go our separate ways and complete errands or take a round-about route back home. I failed to mention that it was 33 degrees when we returned to the AIC – quite the warm-up! Thank you Diane and Kurt, Sam, Margie, Pat and Mike, Lenore and Jack and Linda for joining me on a most beautiful winter day in the Adirondacks.

Peter


1/30/15 - fran herve added 2 photos.

1/31/15 - Joanne Armstrong added 8 photos.

1/31/15 - Joanne Armstrong added 1 photo.

2/1/15 - RayB Bouchard added 5 photos.

2/6/15 - Diane Wisell added 5 photos.

2/14/15 - Wanderer . added 13 photos.

33 photos



At the starting gate - Hurry up, Fran, we're cold! - added by fran



Lunch at the boat house - added by fran



A rock gives birth to baby rocks - added by Joanne



Lynn, Nancy and Fran with one of the many new signs at Santanoni this year - added by Joanne



Gail decked out in her pretty winter white - added by Joanne



Liz arrives at the "finish line" - added by Joanne



A light hearted moment...we are all laughing - added by Joanne



Liz administering the eye-drops (only 1 drop left!), but when asked if the last drop made it into Ray's eye she declares "I don't know, I can't see"... (chorus of laughter!) - added by Joanne



Great snow conditions today these 2 are standing tall - added by Joanne



Photo added by Joanne



(I normally wouldn't repeat a picture but I felt that Fran, our leader, deserved to be in a group shot.) Who would argue with 7 lovely ladies blocking the gate. Besides, the sign read "Please" & we did say "Thank You" as we headed north to the Great Camp. Note the snowmobile tracks under Joanne's feet. From L -->R: Fran, Nancy, Joanne, Gail, Lynn, Liz & Margie. - added by RayB



It only took a mile of skiing before we started to shed a layer in spite of the temps in the teens. - added by RayB



Shadows on the snow and twisted steel are all that remains of the barn that burned down. - added by RayB



One wall left where a shed use to stand. - added by RayB



The Milk House, and a home for one of the farmers and his family. - added by RayB



Assisting Peter, our group leader, in guiding us along the correct path, Linda consults tea leaves to confirm that the chosen fork would lead us back home. - added by Diane



Two of a number of fungi we saw along our way. - added by Diane



A halo around the sun, taken from Rich Lake. A halo indicates snow in the near future and we got some the following day. - added by Diane



Remember the 1954 film called The Creature From The Black Lagoon? Film makers stretched the truth big time, as they usually do, falsely claiming the creature was from the Amazonian jungle. We all know it is from Rich Lake, living in the old family homestead, disguised as a muskrat mound, to this day. I don't want to mention its real name but its initials are Peter Fedorick. - added by Diane



On our ride home we planned to see remains of the Buttercup which was the first steam boat on Long Lake and which was sunk by local guides irate at losing business to this newfangled contraption. Located behind the Long Lake town hall, Buttercup is covered in the winter. But all was not lost. This great roadside ice formation was pretty spectacular. - added by Diane



Nearly ready - added by Wanderer



One of the many raised walkways on the trails - added by Wanderer



Goodnow Mt with its fire tower - added by Wanderer



Untrodden snow of Rich Lake - added by Wanderer



Could this be the perfect lunch spot for today? - added by Wanderer



Lead group ....... - added by Wanderer



....... and the sweep group - added by Wanderer



Easy walkin - added by Wanderer



For some reason the group picked this spot for lunch - I hope that they don't expect this level of accommodation at each outing! - added by Wanderer



Bridge inspection by Diane and Mike. What kind of inspectors would allow the group to go ahead of them? - added by Wanderer



Linda tasting a Moose Pellet Truffle – not to be confused with the smaller, more abundant Deer Pellet Raisinets. These Truffles can be found on the trail in small piles and often overlooked as a source for a quick snack. They are not found in many places so you have to have a keen eye. Linda said it had a slightly grainy texture with a cedar aftertaste. Surprisingly, she was the only one that Kurt was able to persuade to taste one. - added by Wanderer



Rich-Belden Lake connector stream - added by Wanderer



All trails should be this nice! - added by Wanderer



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