Sunday, October 13, 2013

Adirondacks, Labor Day Weekend 2013

We finally got in a camping trip to the Adirondacks Labor Day weekend. We stayed at Lake Harris in the town of Newcomb, NY at camp site 89, which was located right off of the trail to the Santanoni Preserve. It rained off and on the first day up there and we got caught in a few downpours while out on short hikes to Ferd's Bog and a stop at Grassy Pond 

Our first stop once inside the park was at Ferd's Bog to try and pick up some boreal bird species 
Bog Bilberry 
Was lucky enough to see some Pitcher Plant with blooms at the bog
After our escape from a downpour at the bog and a fresh shirt, we made a stop at Grassy Pond, where we got caught in an even worse downpour. It was very humid and not the weather I am accustomed to when camping in Adirondack's in September. Being pregnant doesn't help either...either way, it was still beautiful.

Buttermilk Falls just outside Long Lake, New York
Banks of Raquette River at Buttermilk Falls
Cladonia (Cup Lichen) 
Hudson River head waters on road to Harris Lake Campground
Harvestman on Alder at our camp site.

A nice cluster of Turkey Tail Fungus
The remains of Frontier Town
Atop Whiteface Mountain. The only mountain climbing we would be doing for this trip would have to be by car, so to get out alpine fix, we took the Honda Fit up the Veteran's Memorial Highway in Wilmington to the top of Whiteface Mountain. And yes, the little Fit was a trooper. 

On the last day we took a short hike along the Northville-Placid Trail south from Route 28N in Long Lake

Coral Fungus 
A few peeks at the Fall colors to come
The Trail
Some moss heads in the bog.

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