*** My Adirondack Story***
By Dan Sharkey

We left home right on time, 0800 Sunday. The six young'uns, from "north" Viginia and Maryland, started their trip at midnight. They slept most of the way to New York. Our convoy stopped for lunch on the Northway.

Reststop Reststop for Tansy
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The convoy consisted of a pickup, pulling a trailer, and a sedan. (I have visions of something bigger next year.) Tansy wanted to ride in the back of the pickup. Funny girl!


We arrived at Floodwood Pond before 1500. As we loaded the canoes with our equipment, the local Ranger paddled in. I noticed his truck in the parking area. We talked a bit and then he brought up the subject of site permits and that his supervisor allowed him to write then. (You need a permit to stay in a campsite more than three days in a row and if the group has 10 or more members.) I asked for a six day campsite permit so we would not have to move once we found our site. This was a first for me. It made for easier camping. I'll try to do this again next year through normal channels.

Boy's Tent Girl's Tent
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The first thing we did, after finding our campsite, was to unload the canoes and set up the tents. The three boys and the three girls each had there own Baker Tent (Camp Tent).


After camp was set up, there was plenty of time to canoe before supper.

Time for Canoe Rescue Lesson First Camp Meal
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I was planning to teach canoe rescues on Monday, but ,within a half hour, over one went and their first lesson began. We all enjoyed the first meal in our camp.


After supper, we did some more canoeing. This time no one fell into the water.

Paddling Back to Camp Evening Canoeing
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Our campsite is off of Rosa's right shoulder. We also paddled (NOT ROWED!) to the Middle Pond Canoe Carry, we would later use, at the East end of Floodwood Pond.


Over the week, we paddled thru three different "tunnels". We did this one on Tuesday.

Joshua and Jonathan Paula and Jeffery Tansy and Casey
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This culvert is under Rt 30 from Follensby Clear Pond to Fish Creek Ponds.


On Thursday, we did a long trip and covered 10 ponds.

Entering Tunnel Thru Tunnel Exiting Tunnel Went Around
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This culvert is under the railroad tracks between Turtle Pond and Hoel Pond


On Friday, we had fun crossing beaver dams and getting bit by leaches.

Found Another Tunnel Entering Tunnel Entering Tunnel
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Here we are, on Rollins Pond, entering a tunnel that will get us to Rock Pond. We met three kayaks on the other side. They told us it was impassable. I guess that is why Indians used canoes and not kayaks. We made it with little trouble.


Just a few pictures of us canoeing.

On Floodwood Pond On Fish Creek On Floodwood Pond On Fish Creek
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Usually I was in the last canoe so most of the time I would only see backs and not faces.


Gunnel Jumping is always a good way to cool off. You eventually end up in the water.

Seat Jumping Gunnel Jumping Gunnel Jumping Too Gunnel Jumping Me Too All Still Gunnel Jumping
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I took these pictures before I cooled off in the water.


Most of us went swimming at the public beach on Fish Creek Pond.

Cold Water Nap
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I guess the water was cold. One of us chose to take an afternoon nap.


On Thursday, we did a long carry from Floodwood Pond to Long Pond.

Canoe Cart Convoy On Long Pond
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Besides running low on water (We filled up at the golf course.) and being unwanted at the public beach on Polliwog Pond (Canpsite #1 is right next to it.) we had a good long day.


After food shopping and a pizza lunch, on Wednesday, we went to Whiteface Mountain.

Climbing Whiteface Almost there View of Lake Placid
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You drive almost to the top. We paid $58 for the privilage, for two vehicles and eight people. It was warm and no wind at the top. We spend several hours there, rock climbing.


Food is very important on my camping trips. I like to eat like a King and we have the canoes to carry it.

Mickey Mouse Pancake Making Lunch Using a P38 Kabob, Kid's Idea Dish Washing
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Pancakes taste better when they are special ordered. Making lunch is a team effort. Sometimes we need to open a can for supper and a P38 comes in handy. We had Kabob for dinner one evening. It was the young'uns idea and it turned out great! And, of course, one needs to wash the dishes, another team effort.


Each night we would have a fire. Some nights it lasted until 0100, I'm told. I went to bed at 2200.

Tepee Fire Fire
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Building a tepee fire and lighting it the old fashion way worked fine. Thanks Mo for the "strike anywhere" matches.


Casey was the person who got the canoes (NOT BOATS) up in the morning and put them to bed at night.

Canoe Girl Three In One Canoe We Also Swmmed Red Right Return
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One day, three canoes were tied together so as a team they could go faster in a straight line. I guess it worked. They also learned the meaning of the color of bouys. (Red, Right, Return) Did I mention we also swam?


I'm up before the others in the morning. I get to walk and paddle and take pictures. Here are a couple.

Foggy Morning Sunrise Paddling to Camp Before Others Rise
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Looking East to a foggy morning sunrise and paddling back to a sleeping camp.


The first stop, after leaving camp and feeding the vehicles, is at Mountain Mist Icecream which is in Saranac Lake on Lake Flower. It has been a tradition since 1998, but we stop mainly because I haven't had icecream for over a week!

Mountain Mist Icecream
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I had my icecream and the others seem not to mind the stop for their icecream.


It was a good canoeing/camping trip. Everyone got home safely. The bug bits should be mostly gone by next year.

Waiting for Next Year
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Now the canoes can only wait for the next years voyageurs.