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MID-WEEK HIKES – The leaders offer hikes of varying difficulty to different areas of the Mid-Hudson Valley.  Hikes may be followed by a stop for refreshments.  Leaders: Ginny Fauci, gefauci@gmail.com  845-399-2170 or Lalita Malik, Lalitamalik@aol.com  (845) 592-0204. They will be held every Thursday, weather permitting.  To add your name to the Mid-Week hike list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription.

TUESDAY EVENING PADDLES – Leader:  Dave Webber, webberd1@yahoo.com , 845-242-9905.  Paddling on the Hudson River at spots between Beacon and Norrie Point.  On the water at 5:30pm and paddling for 1.5 to 2 hours.  Often a refreshment stop after.   For the Hudson River you need a boat at least 13.5′ long kayak with front and rear bulkheads.  To add your name to the Tuesday evening and Mid-Week paddle list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription preferences and select Kayaking.

MID-WEEK PADDLES – Leader: Glenda Schwarze schwar582@aol.com.   She will lead quiet water 2 hour paddles with beach put-ins.   Starting in May they will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month.  To add your name to the Mid-Week paddle list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription.

HARRIMAN DOG-FRIENDLY HIKES – Susan Sterngold and her dogs lead hikes every day in Harriman.  Dogs will be on all the hikes and you’re welcome to bring yours.  Hikes are scheduled a few days ahead of time.  To receive notifications of the hikes, please join her yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/harrimanhike.  When signing up, pick special notices and mention you are a Mid-Hudson ADK hiker.

Sat, May 13 – Kenco’s 7th Annual Outdoor Fest   9 am – 4 pm Volunteers needed for MHADK table.  Contact Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com for additional info.

Sat, May 13 – 5 Hyde Park Trails Patch-in-a-Day Hike   6+ miles Fast pace. Leader: Mike Cunningham 203-748-7233 between 7 pm-9 pm or hikermiker@yahoo.comFor the past 7 years, Mike Cunningham has led a club trip to hike 5 trails and earn a Hyde Park Walkabout patch in a single day.  If it rains, bring rain gear.  Bring lunch.  No dogs. Meet at Roosevelt Farm Lane parking on Route 9G, opposite the Val-Kill entrance at 9:30 am.   We will need to drive between hikes. Any e-mails received after noon on 5/12 will not be answered.  Pre-registration is not required.

Sat, May 13 —  Rock Rift, Mohonk Preserve. Leader: Roberta Forest,  robertaforest@gmail.com. Hike with scrambles.  Meet at Spring Farm parking area of Mohonk Preserve at 9:30.  $12 day pass for non-members.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.  Contact leader for more information.

Sat, May 20 – Combined Paddle and Hike.  Esopus. Leader: Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com cell (914) 489-0654. We will paddle from Chodikee Lake to the waterfall on the Black Creek. From there we will hike several of the trails in the Burroughs Sanctuary. Easy 3-mile paddle and 4-mile hike. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sat, May 20 – Schaghticoke Mountain   6 miles B at easy pace. Leader:  Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com 845-471-9892. Appalachian Trail where it winds back and forth between CT and NY is mostly easy climb of 1,000 ft, most of it in the early part of the hike.  Beautiful views out over the Housatonic Valley and then to the west. We will end within the bounds of the Schagticoke Indian Reservation and return to our starting point.  Call leader for meeting place and carpooling.  Expect to begin the hike from Schagticoke Rd at 10 am.

Sun, May 21 – Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, Wallkill, NY. Class C (3.5 miles). Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.comEstablished in 1999 to support grassland dependent migratory birds and wintering raptors. The refuge has been identified as a biodiversity focus area and an important bird area.  Two interconnected loop trails wind through the refuge’s open grasslands with views of the Shawangunk Ridge.  Two observation platforms are located along the trail. Meet at 12:00 noon in the Visitor Parking Lot within the Refuge.  Directions: Take I-84 west across the Newburgh-Beacon bridge to exit 10S (2nd exit after bridge). Make left onto Route 32 North. Go about 3 miles and continue straight onto Rt. 300 North. Take to end and make left onto Rt. 208. Continue on Wallkill Ave into the Village of Wallkill (you will leave Rt. 208). Turn left onto Bruyn Turnpike (P.O. at corner). Continue about 2 miles and at top of hill, make right onto Hoagerburgh Rd. Go about another mile and make right onto Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. Heavy rain cancels.

Sat, May 27 – Nuclear Lake and Cat Rocks on AT. Moderately strenuous 8-9 miles at a moderate (2mph) pace. Leader: Georgette Weir. 845-462-0142 or georgette.weir@gmail.com Best time to call is before 9pm. We’ll take Appalachian Trail from Rt. 55, passing Nuclear Lake on our way to Cat Rocks for the view. Retrace steps to Nuclear Lake, than back on other side of the lake on Yellow Trail. Meeting Time/Place & carpool directions: Contact leader for info.

CANCELLED Sat, May 27 – Minnewaska State Park-Sam’s Point Area.  (9 miles, 6 hours)  A Level Hike. Leader: Michael C. Phipps phippsmcp@aol.com   Cell: (646) 373-5891.
This loop hike offers sweeping views, a waterfall, with several cliffs and edges. Bring 3+ liters of water, snacks, lunch. Dress for the weather.  Meet at Sam’s Point Visitors Center at 9 am.  Please confirm with leader.

Sat, May 27 – 5 mile out and back paddle from Long Dock,Beacon. Leader: Tom Amisson tamisson@aol.comWe will paddle around Dennings Point into the Fishkill Creek estuary.  We will see bird life (possibly an eagle or osprey) and other aquatic activity.  Contact leader for time (will depend on tide and weather). Suitable for novices, kayak rentals available. 

Mon, May 29 – Memorial Day Hike to the Veteran’s flag located along the Beacon Fishkill ridge. Leader: Chris Cring christopher.cring@gmail.com (845) 249-5305. Come join the ADK for a hike to visit the United States flag that has been maintained for decades by the Darcy family in honor of Robert Darcy, a Veteran, who passed away in 1994.  The flag flies high at a clearing with a spectacular view overlooking the Hudson Valley. This Mountain range happens to be the location that the first American Veterans maintained a look out to protect George Washington’s Headquarters. After arriving at the Vista, there will be a short ceremony honoring Veterans.  This is a moderate to strenuous 3 hour hike with a stream crossing and elevation. Bring water and snacks. Please confirm if you plan on attending or if you have any questions. Meet at Pocket Road Trail Head, Beacon NY at 9:30 AM

Sat, June 3 – National Trails Day – contact Tom Amisson tamisson@aol.com for information.

Sat, June 3 – Black Creek Paddle & Clean-up. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comCome help us clean up the Black Creek in the Town of Lloyd.  Our Chapter worked with the Lloyd Environmental Conservation Council to build this water trail many years ago.  The maintenance is typically light work.  We’ll have time for a pleasure paddle for those interested.  Bring work gloves, loppers, saws & ropes.  (If you need tools, contact leader for loaners.)  Trash bags supplied.  Bring your boat & gear.  (Contact leader if you need a boat.)  Meet at 10 AM in the parking area at the Black Creek Bridge on Rt. 299 between the NYS Thruway & Rt. 9W.  This is across from Motel 299.  There’s a sign on the S side indicating the launch for the Black Creek.  Please confirm participation by contacting leader.


Sat, June 3 – Hike Westkill and St. Annes   8 mi. Ascent: +-2700.Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com  (914) 489-1582 & Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654. This is a beautiful and challenging through-hike over one of the lesser peaks and then Westkill. On the way down, we’ll stop at the Diamond Notch Falls where we can cool off.  Call or email to register.  Joint with Catskill 3500 Club – maximum 12 hikers. Registration is limited. Sign up period May 25 – June 1.

Fri, June 9 – Black Rock Forest Preserve 7-8 mile loop hike, ALeaders: Georgette Weir & Jean-Claude Fouere georgette.weir@gmail.com845-462-0142 (H) before 9pm. From preserve parking area, Stillman Trail to Upper Reservoir-Mt. Misery-Hill of Pines-Rattlesnack Hill-Tower Vue-Black Rock- Honey Hill Trail.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Many great views. Contact leader for meet time.

Sat, June 10 – Kingston Kayak Festival   10 AM – 4 PM Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave, Kingston, NY. Contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comA fun-filled day for you & your whole family, whether you’re paddlers or have never paddled before.  Bring the kids, grandchildren, spouse, partner & friends.  Don’t let the name fool you.  It’s not just kayaks.  It’s also canoes & stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) for you to try.  The emphasis is on education, demonstrations, lessons & guided tours for beginner paddlers, as well as, experienced paddlers.  (Experienced paddlers should bring their boats & gear.)  Our Mid-Hudson Chapter has a big presence at this festival.  Members of our Chapter enter free (bring your ADK card).  Others are asked for a $10 donation to the non-profit Forsyth Nature Center.  Go to www.midhudsonadk.org & click on “Kingston Kayak” Fest under “Outings” for the schedule of events.

Sun, June 11 – Bear Mountain Three Bridge Hike, Approx 6 miles, C+
Leader: Louis Ruidisch (845) 896-9332  ruidisch3@gmail.com  cell (845)453-0871Enjoy numerous photo opportunities as we walk across the Bear Mountain Bridge, Popolopen Bridge on US Rt. 9W and the Popolopen suspension footbridge, further downstream, to explore various highlights of the park.  These will include the visitor center, Hessian Lake, Fort Montgomery, and the Trailside Museum (small Fee.).   This area is rich in history.  Bring your camera, lunch and 2 quarts water.  Confirm with leader for meeting place and time.

Sun, June 11 – Paddle the Hudson River at Norrie Point State Park.  10 miles. Experienced paddlers. Leader: Dave Webber 845-242-9905, webberd1@yahoo.comPaddle up around the rock ledges of Mills Norrie State Park, explore Esopus Island, Lunch at Vanderbilt’s Bard Rock.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 feet with dual bulkheads or floatation bags in bow and stern.  PFDs must be worn.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. Rain Cancels.  Confirm with leader. Be ready 9:30 am to launch at Norrie Point Marina, Kayak launch. 

Directions: Route 9 north from Hyde Park, bear left on Old Post Road towards Staatsburg and then immediate left to Mills Norrie State Park. Follow signs to the Marina. We’ll launch on the floating kayak launch in the marina to the right of the boat ramp.  As long as you avoid conflicts with ramp users you can pull in and park by the grassy area on the right to unload.  Please put all boats on the grass while waiting to launch. We’ll move boats down to the launch as a group. 

Sat, June 17 – Black Creek Preserve-   C+. Leader: Carol Gray 845-471-1168   outdoorcarol16@gmail.comStart at the dramatic suspension bridge and hike 2+ miles on all three trails leading to spectacular Hudson River views.  Meet at the trail head at 9:15AM.  From Mid-Hudson Bridge drive 7.6 miles North on Route 9W, turn R\right on Winding Brook Road.  Parking lot on left.

Sun, June 18 – Echo Lake from Platte Clove   B   8 miles in and out. Leader:  Sue Mackson 845 471 9892  suemackson@gmail.comA long flat walk in an area with lots of wildflowers and several interesting stone areas left over from quarrying.  Initial uphill–not challenging, at the end, walk down to the lake on eroded trail so, the return is uphill but under 500 ft. I’ll be looking for orchids and we should see Mountain Laurel in bloom. Call by June 17 for carpool info.  I’ll plan to be at the Route 9W/299 Park and Ride at 9 am.

Sat, June 24 Birchen Trail 6-7 strenuous miles with scrambling. Leader: Roberta Forest robertaforest@gmail.comMeet 9:30 at end of Pine Road off of Butterville Road.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.  Mohonk members free, day pass of $15 for non-members.  This may be applied to a yearly membership.  Confirm with leader.

Sun, June 25 – High Banks Preserve, 132 River Rd, Ulster Park, NY (3 miles)  C+
Leader: John Ragusa, john.ragusa@bnymellon.com  917-692-1159
The newest of the Scenic Hudson preserves. Contains bluffs offering superb vistas of the Hudson River as well as extensive wetlands, wildflower-filled meadows, hardwood forests and shoreline along Lake Esopus.  Meet at the Scenic Hudson trailhead at 11 am.  Bring picnic lunch.  Will go to a local winery down the road for some tastings after the hike for those interested.  Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with leader. Directions: Take Route 9W north from Mid-Hudson Bridge. From the intersection with Rt. 299, continue north on Route 9W for 9 miles. Turn right onto River Rd. Continue for 2.5 miles. Destination on left.

Sat, July 1 – Gilded Age Mansions of the Hudson River Paddle 11.5 miles   Experienced paddlers. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.comThis will be a paddle, with historic commentary, at the following locations:  Maid of the Meadow Lighthouse, Mills Mansion, Vanderbilt Mansion & Mt. St. Alphonsus.  Launching at Esopus Meadows Point, we’ll go with the ebb tide, disembarking at the Mills & Vanderbilt Mansions for outside tours.  Then paddle back to our starting point.  Paddlers should have experience on the Hudson River.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 ft. and with dual bulkheads or flotation bags in bow & stern.  Canoes welcome.  PFDs required.  Bring lunch, snacks & water.  Rain cancels.  Contact leader for meeting time. 

Sun, July 2 – Paddle the Bashakill – Easy   (Beginners Welcome). Leader: Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654. We’ll launch from the southernmost put-in off of 209 and paddle upstream. This is a leisurely paddle and we will take our time, looking at wildlife along the way. Bring your binoculars and/or camera. We’ll go at least as far as the Haven Road Bridge, possibly further if water levels permit. Contact leader for details.

Wed, July 5 – How to Get Started Kayaking Presentation – Mt. St. Mary Desmond Campus 1:00pm. Don Urmston, murmstom@gmail.com   845-549-4671. All ADK members are welcomed to attend and help out–no kayak experience is necessary.

Fri, July 7 – Fahnestock State Park. 6-8 miles. B+. Leaders: Georgette Weir & Jean-Claude Fouere georgette.weir@gmail.com845-462-0142 (H) before 9pm. 6-8 mile hike around Canopus Lake on AT and then some. Exact route will be decided closer to the day. Possible swim at Lake Canopus. Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Contact leader for meet time and place.

Sat, July 8 – Shaupeneak Ramble – Joint with Mohonk Preserve 6-8 miles at a moderate pace. Leader:  Ginny Fauci 845-399-2170 or gefauci@gmail.comWe’ll start at the top and hike all of the upper trails around Louisa Pond and beyond.  Contact leader for time and meeting place.

Sat, July 8 Paddle the Hudson River at Cold Spring. 10 miles   Experienced paddlers. Leader: Dave Webber 845-242-9905 webberd1@yahoo.comPaddle from Scenic Hudson’s Foundry Dock in Cold Spring up to Bannerman’s Island and on to Dennings Point. Perhaps over to Plum Point and Moodna Creek if conditions are good and the group in favor.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 feet with dual bulkheads or floatation bags in bow and stern.  PFDs must be worn.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. Rain Cancels. Confirm with leader. 10AM launch from Foundry Dock. Directions:  Foundry Dock Park adjacent to the Cold Spring Train Station. 

Mon, July 10 – Fri, July 14 – Kayak Champlain Canal – Intermediate level. Leader: Don Urmston, mrurmston@gmail.com, 845-549-4671 cell. We will stay at a campground in Schuylerville, then we will shuttle cars each day for our paddle of approx. 15 miles.  We will paddle the length of the Champlain Canal from Whitehall to Waterford.  This will be somewhat more exposed than previous Erie Canal trips with sections of the paddling taking place in the Hudson River with more boat traffic. Must have at least a 12ft. kayak and be able to paddle 15+ miles per day.

Sat, July 15 – Paddle the Lower Wappinger Creek & the Hudson River to Stoneco  8 miles   Experienced paddlers. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comWe’ll launch in the Village of Wappingers Falls, paddle down the lower Wappinger Creek, then upriver to Stoneco for a swim.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 ft. and have dual bulkheads or flotation bags in bow & stern.  Canoes welcome.  PFDs required.  Bring lunch, water & snacks.  Meet at boat launch at 117 Market St., Wappingers Falls at 11 AM.  Rain cancels.  Confirm with leader.

Sat, July 15 – Mianus River Gorge   C up to 5 miles. Leader:  Sue Mackson 845 471 9892  suemackson@gmail.comWe’re losing our hemlocks-so come see this hemlock ravine (always shady) in Westchester County. Many of the trees, hundreds of years old, have been lost. The trails are wide, soft, and flat.  We’ll spend an afternoon there and perhaps stop for a light meal afterward.  Meet at 1:30 at the Route 52/Taconic Parkway Park and Ride.  No dogs. Mostly no picnicking.  Confirm with leader. 

Sun, July 16 – Cope’s Lookout 7 strenuous miles with various scrambles. Leader: Roberta Forest robertaforest@gmail.comMeet 9:30 am at Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center for shuttle to start.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.  Mohonk members free, day pass of $15 for non-members.  This may be applied to a yearly membership.  Confirm with leader.

Sun, July 16 – Neversink Reservoir Paddle, Liberty, NY. Leader: John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.comPaddle on the pristine waters of the Neversink Reservoir, part of the NYC water supply system. Highest reservoir in elevation of all NYC reservoirs. Beautiful scenery, surrounded by wilderness on all sides. Look for bald eagles. Kayak and canoe rentals available on site (highly recommended). If you bring your own kayak or canoe, you must have a DEP Access Permit which you can obtain free at www.nyc.gov/dep and it must be steam cleaned prior to being placed into the reservoir at an authorized steam cleaning vendor. There is a steam cleaning vendor two miles from the reservoir at the Neversink General Store. Meet at 11 am at the cove.  Bring picnic lunch and empty water bottle. We will refill in the reservoir. Carpooling recommended. I have room for 3 others.  Boat and kayak rentals are right there. You won’t have to deal with permits and steam cleaning if you rent!  If you plan on renting, please let me know so I can reserve from the boat rental vendor. Rental fees are very reasonable. Confirm with leader. Directions: Take I-84 west to the Route 17 interchange (exit 4W). Take Route 17 west towards Binghamton. Travel past Monticello. Take Liberty exit 100A. At end of ramp, make right onto Route 55/County Rt.16 (Neversink Rd). Continue about 5 miles. Make left onto Aden Rd. Entrance to cove on right. Parking available.

Sat, Aug 5 – Vanderbilt Estate, Hyde Park   Walk – C. Leader: Sayi Nulu – sayinulu@yahoo.com  or 845-264-2270. We will walk to the gardens and then take a trail in Vanderbilt Estate. Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather.
Meet at visitor parking lot at 10 am.  Confirm with leader.  

Sun, Aug 6 – Annsville Creek Paddle, Peekskill, NY. Leader: John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymllon.comMeet at the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center.  We will paddle in the large inlet off the Hudson River where the Annsville Creek flows out from.  It is protected from waves and rough waters. Look for many types of water fowl.  We will paddle during high tide so we can paddle up into the creek. Meet at 11 am at the Annsville Paddlesport Center.  Free parking and if you don’t own a kayak or canoe, rentals are available right there.  Easy put-in.  Bring a picnic lunch.  There’s a beautiful park we can paddle to on the Peekskill side to have lunch and a swim for those interested.  Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with leader.
Directions: Take Route 9 south.  Just before Peekskill, you will come to a traffic circle, locally known as the Annsville Circle.  Take the first right out of the circle heading towards the Bear Mountain Bridge (Routes 6 & 202). As you leave the circle, immediately to the left is the entrance to the Annsville Paddlesport Center.

Fri, Aug 11 – Bike & Swim at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Approx. 11 miles. Leaders: Georgette Weir & Jean-Claude  Fouere georgette.weir@gmail.com845-462-0142 (H) before 9pm. We will bike the Upper Awosting Carriage Road to and around Lake Awosting, stopping at the beach for snack/lunch and swim. Return via Hamilton Point Carriage Road. Optional: End your outing with another swim at Lake Minnewaska.  Contact leader for meet time and place.

Sat, Aug 12–Fri, Aug 18 – Paddling/Camping on the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley.   69 miles experienced paddlers.  Deadline to register is Fri, Aug. 4. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comAs we paddle the border between Vermont & New Hampshire, you’ll be treated to historic, quaint villages, covered bridges, farmlands, woodlands & bird habitat.  The river here is historic.  This was a major trade route for Indians & European colonists.  Major Robert Rogers & his Rogers’ Rangers retreated along this section during the French & Indian Wars.  We’ll launch at Woodsville, NH and sleep at river-access-only campsites (some on islands) on our way to Cornish, NH.  There are 2 short portages – 400 yds. & 1/4 mile. You must arrive at launch site by 5:30 PM on Sat, Aug. 12.  Group size limited.  Joint with AMC.

Sun, Aug 13 –Stissing Mountain   B 4 miles with 950 altitude gain. Leader:  Sue Mackson 845 471 9892 suemackson@gmail.comShort, but steep, with a fire tower at the top. This is beautiful countryside, with good views from the tower. If the trail around Thompson Pond is in reasonable shape, we’ll take a leisurely walk there afterward.  Morning hike. Steady rain cancels.  Call leader for carpool info.

Sat, Aug 19 – Paddle Black Creek – Easy (Beginners Welcome). Leader: Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654. We will launch from 299 in the town of Lloyd and paddle upstream through the marshes as far as we can.  Then we will head downstream, passing our put-in and continue another mile or two through a wooded area until the creek veers and drops off. Contact leader for details.

Sat, Aug 26 –Kayak Skills – Rescue Class – White Pond, Carmel, NY
Leader: Don Urmston,
mrurmston@gmail.com, 845-549-4671.
Bring your kayak, bring your gear.  Come learn how to do a wet exit, T-rescue, self-rescue, paddle float rescues, and more.  Try rescues yourself, or just observe how they are done–it’s up to you.  All skills levels are welcome.  Contact leader for meeting time. 

Sat, Aug 26 – Southwest Hunter and Hunter–  10 miles, Ascent 2400′    Moderate Paced A- hike. Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com  (914) 489-1582 & Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654. This is a loop hike through some very pretty and varied terrain. We will climb two peaks – Southwest Hunter is technically a bushwhack (though there is an unmaintained trail to the canister). On Hunter, the second highest Catskill peak, you can climb to the top of the fire tower for some spectacular views. Joint with Catskill 3500 Club – maximum 12 hikers. Registration is limited. Sign up period Aug. 17 – Aug. 24. Contact leaders for details.


Fri, Sept 1 – Mon, Sept 4 (Labor Day Weekend)   Paddling/Camping up the Jordan River (Adirondacks). Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comWe’ll launch onto the Carey Falls Reservoir, with its wide sandy beaches, then go up the Jordan River to basecamp.  On Sunday, we’ll explore the upper reaches of the river in empty boats.  This is a wild & remote area in the NW Adirondacks offering the ultimate in solitude.  The portage is cart friendly.  Carts available for rent in Tupper Lake.  Late Fri. afternoon arrival, but you could catch up with us Sat. morning.  Contact leader to register by August 25th.