|Near the headwaters of the West Branch of the Ausable River, Adirondacks New York|
When I thought about writing this post I thought it was going to be filled with pictures of Adirondack foliage at peak color and tales of a wilderness experience that included cooking freshly caught brook trout over an open campfire. It's funny how nature had a different experience in mind for me. For years I have made an annual pilgrimage to the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York to enjoy the great north woods. The last few years the trips have been spotty for one reason or another including the birth of my children but this year I got the green light to go for a weekend. Keep in mind to drive to the high peaks area from Long Island is about 6 1/2 hours.
|Marcy Brook downstream of Marcy Dam|
So with the jeep packed with gear I headed out at 4am this past Saturday. I had been keeping an eye on the weather for the last few days leading up to the trip and there was a 40% chance of rain for the weekend...not too bad. To make a long story short, the rain varied between drizzle and downpour the ENTIRE time! I'm pretty sure that would have been a 100% chance. That was Nature's first little surprise for me. Maybe I should have thought something was up on the drive up the NYS
Thruway. The Thruway crosses many little rivers and streams along the way and all of them (The Roundout, the Wallkill, Catskill Creek, The Esopus, The Mohawk River, and Hudson) were very high and the color of coffee with heavy amounts of cream in them. Upon arrival, my first plan was to hike several miles to Marcy Dam to fish the brook and pond for some brook trout. After a while sloshing through the mud I arrived to find NO POND! Mother Nature's second surprise for me was the result of Hurricane Irene. The tremendous rain from the storm blew out the dam and drained the pond (along with my brookies).
|Marcy Dam with the top portion and the walkway gone.|
|Twisted walkway with debris piled against it along the trail.|
|West Branch Ausable River just downstream of the bridge crossing the Adirondack Loj Road.|
I love coming to these mountains and taking in everything about them. The only thing I could take home from this trip is that no matter how big or important people may feel they are they are always going to be at the mercy of the power of Nature. When Hurricane Irene came through Long Island it left us without power for a week and a massive mess of downed trees and power lines. I never thought for a minute I would still feel it's effects months later on the other side of NY State. Lesson learned. That's the power of Nature for you!
|Roaring Brook Falls from Rt 73|