Saturday, February 6, 2016
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
These photos were taken in October at the peak of the fall foliage. Beautiful orange and golden trees along the river banks. The Raquette River is the second longest river in New York State. Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "The Adirondacs" is about his explorations in 1858. He made the journey with several prominent men of the time including painter William James Stillman and the group became known as the Philosophers Camp.
"The Philosophers' Camp" painting by William James Stillman, at Follensby Pond, 1858, a momentary natural center of the Transcendentalist movement, w/ poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Russell Lowell, and scientist Louis Agassiz.
The AdirondacsDEDICATED TO MY FELLOW TRAVELLERS IN AUGUST, 1858
Wise and polite,--and if I drew
Their several portraits, you would own
Chaucer had no such worthy crew,
Nor Boccace in Decameron.
We crossed Champlain to Keeseville with our friends,
Thence, in strong country carts, rode up the forks
Of the Ausable stream, intent to reach
The Adirondac lakes. At Martin's Beach
We chose our boats; each man a boat and guide,--
Ten men, ten guides, our company all told.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
We visited Vogue State Park and the waterfall is not as spectacular as the one we saw at Amicalola Falls. These photos were taken from the road because we did not have time to hike the trail from the top starting at the lake to the bottom of the falls. There is a hiking trail around the lake and it was a nice day to hike among the trees and the shoreline.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
While driving to Brasstown Bald Mountain, we turned at a sign that read "Entering Happily Every After". Within a few miles, the valley had pastoral rolling hills similar to New Zealand. Where are the dwarfs? Where is Snow White?
We hiked Kephart Prong Trail for a short distance. It branches into several trails of various lengths. I enjoyed the colorful leaves floating in the water over the rocks.