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Smoky

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England, log
« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2006, 03:28:00 PM »
June 13
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Finally we had a break enough in the weather to take our tour of Whiteface mountain.  Hopefully to ride the gondola to the top and snap many pictures with great views.

We arrived at the base of the mountain and the Ski Center (photo) built for the 1980 Olympics, only to discover that the gondolas were all lying on the ground (see photo) and would not be hooked to the ride cable until June 23.  None of the locals seemed to know that as everyone in the area was telling us to go ride the gondolas.  Sadly, we left the park to drive to the top of the mountain rather than ride up.  Actually, it might have worked out for the better.  All along the way were scenic views with lots of signs giving us historical information.

As we left the Ski center we took a photo of the ski trails 3500 feet above us.

Before we left the bottomlands, we say many flyfisherpeople, plying their craft on the Adirondack rivers.  (see photo).

After ascending about 1,000 feet we passed through the park service tollgate. (photo)
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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2006, 03:36:57 PM »
A small mountain lake near the tollgate.

A mountain scene shot through some of the plentiful white birches.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2006, 03:40:22 PM »
Off through the trees, and 5 miles to our right, we see Union Falls Lake, an impoundment of the Saranac River.  We learned that the first settlers migrated through this area nearly two centuries ago.  Essentially all the rolling ground below us was cleared for agricultural or timber purposes, but now has come back to conifers on wetter ground and hardwood on the more fertile ground.

A 1998 iced storm had significant effects on this forest growth,  From this elevation at 2900 feet, all the way down to the river valley, icing cause extensive tree damage.  Warmer air above, because of a temperature inversion, kept the rain in liquid form, thus saving many more trees.

Elevation of 2900 may sound puny to you Westerners.  However, keep in mind, that most Eastern mountains are based from sea level.  When we look at peaks of 4,000 to 5,000 (the highest in New York) they sometimes appear to the eye as high as or higher than Rocky mountain peaks of 7,000 to 8,000.  An 8,000 foot peak in the Rockies iviewed from baselands of 4,000 to 5,000 feet is no different than viewing Adirondack peaks when viewed from eastern baselands which are sea level to a few hundred feet.

When you add in the lush greenness of the Eastern mountains, you realize that beauty is everywhere in the United States, though the character of that beauty can be unique in each region.
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the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2006, 03:46:30 PM »
Straight ahead, above the twisting turning highway, we see the 4867 foot peak of Whiteface Mountain, our goal for the day.  The forest cover is a mixture of red spruce, balsam firs, and highlighted with white birch.  Cloud masses typically engulf these peaks 20% of the time.  Such was the day we ascended.  By the time we reached the top, we were in the midst of very wet clouds, and only for seconds at a time, did we get glimpses of the bottom lands far, far away below.

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where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2006, 03:47:24 PM »
Next we climbed to a lovely panorama (I simply have to learn to use my software to make dramatic panoramas) of the hill and lake country of the northwestern Adirondacks.  Thirty miles out, beyond the last line of  mountains, the slope drops off to the St. Lawrence River, separating our nation from Canada.
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where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #35 on: June 14, 2006, 03:52:34 PM »
To the right we see the magnificent setting of the “H” shaped Lake Placid.  The town of Lake Placid is barely visible on the left along with Mirror Lake.    Mt Marcy, the highest mountain in the Adirondacks, and New York State is visible in the far horizon, near the right center of the pictures.

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where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2006, 03:57:09 PM »
As we climb yet higher, another lovely scenic gap to view.  Down below is the village of Wilmington (where you have already seen a fly fisherman on its bountiful rivers) and beyond Wilmington the Sentinel Range of mountains.  Immediately below is the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center where we began this segment of our journey offering the greatest vertical drop in Eastern North America 3,340 feet.

Clouds prevented us from seeing Lake Champlain and Vermont 30 miles away on the left.

I also included a very stark photo of power line poles ascending the mountain in the
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #37 on: June 14, 2006, 03:59:14 PM »
The Rocky Mountains are up to 14,000+ feet.  8,000 is just a foothill.
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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2006, 04:02:13 PM »
Finally we reached the summit.  Near the top is the “castle” which contains a restaurant and gift shop.  Right before that is the famous tunnel and elevator.  The tunnel is a walkway boring several hundred feet into the mountain.  At the end of the tunnel is a sharp right turn, up 5 steps, to an elevator.  The elevator ascends 276 feet and exits right beside the summit of the mountain.  It is really spooky walking up that tunnel.  I got a shot from the entry looking up to the turn to the elevator, then another shot from the elevator end looking backwards to the daylight entrance.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #39 on: June 14, 2006, 04:04:18 PM »
The next photo is the exit from the elevator at the top.  Some nice lounge chairs and observation windows greet you.  I made good use of those chairs while waiting for the elevator to take me back down.  Views from the top are also in these photos.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2006, 04:07:36 PM »
Smoky:

In July mountains have white tops, hills are green. ;D

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #41 on: June 14, 2006, 04:12:06 PM »
And mountains don't have trees on top :)
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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #42 on: June 14, 2006, 04:12:45 PM »
Smoky stands on the summit.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #43 on: June 14, 2006, 04:13:44 PM »
Double post, sorry.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #44 on: June 14, 2006, 04:16:31 PM »
The park service guide showed us where to get a rare daylight photo of the giant green Luna Moth.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #45 on: June 14, 2006, 04:26:53 PM »
The half mile outdoor path (26 stories) looked to daunting in the slimy mist so Smoky elected to go back down the elevator and the tunnel.

We really enjoyed this day.  In the evening we had a great dinner at The Hungry Trout.  Sampled some of that trout swimming around in the rivers of the Adirondacks.  We recommend this restaurant.  It has the relaxing decor of an Adirondack lodge, and overlooks the west fork of the Ausable River.  Lots of tables along the windows.  After dinner we hit some of the Wilmington gift shops and fly-fishing shops.  We got caught at one gift shop and a horrendous thunderstorm.  Guess those clouds came off the mountains and let go on us.  It was worth it.

Tomorrow we take the ferry across Lake Champlain and visit Vermont.  We are going to save most of our New England agenda for next year as the constant rainfall has made things tough for us.  This was a case of making the best of a tough situation.  And we made the best, with memories for a lifetime.  After the Vermont day run, we will begin packing up and start a new thread on our run to Niagara Falls.

We have enjoyed reading about the adventures of the Ned, Russell, Terry, and Betty.  We know our adventure must seem small and mundane to them, but we cherish both our experience, and vicariously their more grander adventure.  We really appreciate the time they have taken to share it with us and the rest of the forum.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #46 on: June 14, 2006, 04:40:48 PM »
We enjoy all the adventures, ours and everyone elses.
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Re: Adirondack (North Country) log
« Reply #47 on: June 16, 2006, 03:50:16 PM »
I have decided to bring this thread to an end, at least as far as posting New England, Niagara, and Black Hills adventures.  Makes more sense to have a separate thread for each leg of our migration to the west.

In a few minutes we will make the first post of our new adventure, titled "Vermont and the Lake Champlain Ferry Log". Click here to view.

[edit]Added link.[/edit]
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
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Re: DC, Adirondack (North Country), New England log
« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2006, 05:33:41 PM »

We have enjoyed reading about the adventures of the Ned, Russell, Terry, and Betty.  We know our adventure must seem small and mundane to them, but we cherish both our experience, and vicariously their more grander adventure.  We really appreciate the time they have taken to share it with us and the rest of the forum.

Smoky,
In my opinion there are NO mundane RV adventures.  Your trip will be  one I hope to make and see what you have seen.  Your scenery looks a bit more manicured in spots than I am seeing here but don't think I minimize your trip in any way.  In fact your posts give me ideas of  things about which to write!

Keep em coming.

Betty 
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Re: Adirondack (North Country) log
« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2006, 08:06:46 PM »
Smoky,

If not for your beautiful photographs and this thread , I would have missed putting the Adirondack's on our, must visit list !
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Re: Adirondack (North Country) log
« Reply #50 on: June 17, 2006, 08:36:05 PM »
Smoky, I love the pic of you standing at the grand summit of 4867 feet. We who live at 6200 feet elevation tend to forget that there are other places with grand vistas and summits well below that. And those of us who are presently sitting at home enjoy hearing of others adventures. Keep the adventures coming.
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Re: Adirondack (North Country) log
« Reply #51 on: June 18, 2006, 03:28:30 AM »
Thanks guys!  It is great to know you are following along. 

Having lived in both the East and the West, I am here to say that while the grandeur of the Great West is indeed something to behold, returning to the East is a quite a marvelous experience.  Nothing can match the feeling that came over us as the lush green landscapes and distinctive eastern architecture began appearing as we rolled eastward.  And the mountains truly are great mountains, with breathtaking views filled with rich green and blue hues and grand rolling valleys far below, filled with scenes of history and beauty.

Tom... what a neat idea providing a link to the next series of thread on Vermont and the Champlain ferry.  Thanks!
Smoky S  Ham radio - W3PY

The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

 

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