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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rain Gear???

Rain Gear????
By: Big Al

Author's note to our readers: An experience I would like to share with you.

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday!
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and let your imagination soar.

Every now and then I get a hankering for a good hike and a little bit of camping. Back just a few years ago, maybe like 24 to be exact, I decided to take my wife and one year old son on a hiking and camping trip. I had decided to take them to a place in the Adirondack Mountains called Nine Corner Lake. This is a beautiful lake near Pine Lake, NY, 12032, in the Southern Adirondacks. The trail head is right on Route 29A with plenty of parking, and the trail to the lake is only a one mile hike.

The scenery along the trail is spectacular. Large rocks are begging to be played on, and there are plenty of trees to climb. As you walk along the trail there are many creeks to be crossed, and many places to stop and take nice pictures. While walking along you might see a variety of birds and salamanders and if you’re lucky you might even see a few deer or other woodland animals. Depending on the time of year you go there are also numerous wildflowers to see, and even plenty of berries to eat. I mean, who doesn’t love fresh wild blue berries. The hike is short, and not too steep, so it is fine for kids of all ages. If you are a rock climber then you can follow the trail to the rock climbing area and test out your skills.

Once you arrive at the lake you’ll be overtaken by its beauty. It is somewhat large and very oddly shaped. Since these lakes are so out of the way it makes them perfect spots for the Common Loon. These are very beautiful and vocal birds. Usually they are heard at night and their call sounds like a woman who is screaming. This just really adds to the outdoor experience, especially if you have never heard them before. There are numerous spots along the lake which make for wonderful camp sites. (Sorry, no RV’s allowed.)

On this particular day my wife loaded up her backpack and put it on, and then I put my son in a special made backpack along with the tent and we headed off into the wilderness. Remember the hike is one mile, one way. The first camp site we came to was being used by a young lady who had just finished an early swim. That is something everyone looks forward to at this lake; a nice swim in crystal clear water. We continued on around the lake following the winding trail until we found what appeared to be the perfect spot. It was beautiful, and it was on the edge of the lake with a rock outcropping that allowed you to walk right into the water. As we looked into the water on the other side of our site, it did not seem to be very deep, but don’t let that fool you; these lakes are so clear you can see right to the bottom. That was when we saw the otters swimming along. They would dive down and come back up with something to eat. It was neat watching them. I set up the tent and then made two more trips, yes two more, back to the car to get the other stuff we needed. I mean, doesn’t every one year old need his little jumping horse to keep him corralled instead of in the water. (My wife says he did.)

I then began the task of building a fire. I first collected the wood to be burned and the kindling to help start it. In the Adirondacks if a tree is dead and on the ground you can use it for firewood, and there was plenty around. As I began to get the kindling going I noticed a few drops of water hitting my arms and back. I looked up to see some dark clouds rolling in. I thought to myself “Oh this will pass right on over us”. Well that would have been nice, but it didn’t happen. I now had the fire going, but I had to hold my hat over it to keep it from being put out by the rain. My wife and son were now in the tent and I decided maybe I had better join them. We got my son fed and then put down to sleep. We tried sleeping, but the rain was now coming down harder and it was coming through the tent. Everything was starting to get really wet. We finally decided we had better walk back out to the car before it was too late. Besides, who thought of rain gear when it was SUPPOSED to be a nice weekend!

I began thinking about how many trips I made to the camp site and then I decided that we would leave everything there and I would come back the next day with a friend and retrieve it. As we started walking out we passed another camp site where some folks gave us working flashlights. We only had one. We finally made it to the car and headed to a friend’s house that happened not to live too far away. She let us in, even at the late hour that it was, and gave us nice warm beds to sleep in. The next day she fed us and then I took my wife and son home. Then I went back with a true friend and he helped me carry everything out in one load. Yes I said one load. We cut down, I mean we found two trees that willingly gave themselves to us to use as cross members along with a tarp so we could carry it all out in one load. Needless to say that was the last family camping trip that my wife went on.

Well now we are more experienced at life and I have learned many things; especially about camping and the outdoors. I would love to be able to go back up there and camp once again and see the otters and hear the loons to remind us of days gone by. Besides, now there are two geocaches along the trail and even more that are only a short drive away. So if you’re looking for a great outdoor experience of camping and caching then take a serious look at visiting Nine Corner Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Just remember to take along some rain gear just in case. Happy Trails!!


Dan the Wodsman said...

You can't let 1 bad experience ruin it for ya! Get back out there! I had an experience like this once, I was out camping and it began to rain rather hard. I didn't understand...I check the weather and it said it was going to be sunny for the next few day! Little did I realize at the time that I had neglected to change the location of where I was checking the weather...I checked it for my hometown, not for where I was camping. Doh!

Dodger said...

Real-life misadventures make the best stories - thanks for sharing! Thanks for telling us about that lake, too. Myself, I never heard about it. I already looked it up and am wondering if the family might be interested in a similar sort of trip... With rain gear, of course.


Super post BigAl! I love the detail and realism that puts me right in your very wet shoes......Thanks for sharing!


oh and where are the pics???? This place sounds too nice to not take a few pictures or are there any on the net?

BigAl said...

As soon as I find them I'll post some. There are also some on the net. Look up Nine Corner Lake in NY.

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