Paddling the Boquet River, from New Russia to The Wadhams Road in E-town, this was just one of the new log dams created by Tropical Storm Irene.
Throughout the region, Labor Day weekend has historically been considered a benchmark for the completion of the summer season. Just as the Fourth of July jump-starts the summer, Labor Day is a punctuation mark, to signal the conclusion of the summer season.
Seasonal camps will be shuttered. Boats will be pulled and canoes returned to their racks, as mothballs are scattered, and linens are safely tucked away in a mouse-proof trunk.
As kids return to school, and the summer folk go back to their homes, the pace of life in the park will begin to slow. It is a different time, and it can be evidenced on the highway, or on Main Street; the rushing about is finally over.
It may take a while, but eventually the locals revert back to a less hurried style, to a quieter, calmer and easier existence. It becomes a time to take care of your own, to fix that squeaky back door, restock the woodshed, or to take stock of the season.
On the day after Labor Day, there is usually a discernible, and collective sigh of relief that resonate from across the region. However, the traditional sigh of relief which usually resonates at this time of year, may be a bit late arriving.
Many locals will still be taking care of more pressing matters, especially in the small communities of Keene, Keene Valley, Wilmington, Jay, Ausable Forks and in other, flood ravaged towns.
As is the custom, neighbors will continue to help neighbors, and strangers alike.
I really like Governor Cuomo’s new "Labor for your Neighbor" campaign. It sure is a catchy gambit, but it’s really nothing new to the residents of the Adirondack region. We have always “labored with” our neighbors. Whatever the weather, we’ve stacked sandbags, shoveled snow from roofs, raised the barns, or put out the fire.
However, this time, we cannot forget to put in our time, especially in the small towns, with even smaller year ’round populations. It is nearly impossible to visit these communities, and not want to pitch in! Many hands make for a light load, and quick work, so grab a shovel and come on down!
After working hard, it will benefit outdoor travelers to study hard, in order to play hard. This is especially true for sportsmen, for the more they learn about the habits and habitat of the game they pursue, the more effective they will be.
One shot will only put meat in the pot, if you know where to find the game. Fortunately, for sportsmen and women, there is now a new series of lectures to provide such information.
Developed by the good folks at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb, the lecture series will be hosted on Sunday afternoons, from September through October.
The AIC is the central point for public programs, events, courses and other activities offered through ESF's Northern Forest Institute. The center is located on State Route 28N in Newcomb.
The programs will be geared toward the sporting community, with a focus on connecting sporting enthusiasts with wildlife researchers and managers. Each week will feature lectures on the biology, habitat and behavior of a popular game species.
For further information can call the AIC at 518-582-2000. All sessions will begin at 11:00 am, and last about an hour.
The schedule includes:
Sept. 11: Coyotes with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry graduate student Scott Warsen.
Sept. 18: Game birds with a speaker as yet to be determined.
Sept. 25: White-tailed deer with DEC Wildlife Biologist Ed Reed. The series will continue in October with additional presentations about game and sporting, including trapping.
Play Hard, with the South-Slopers of Newcomb
Tucked neatly on the southern most slopes of the Adirondack High Peaks Region, is the friendly and peaceful village of Newcomb. For most of the year, it remains a quaint and relatively quiet, little community.
However, annually in early September, the town resurrects the spirit of one of its most famous patrons.
In 1901, at the ripe young age of 42, Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States, while staying as a guest of the Tahawus Club in Newcomb. He was whisked away in the dark of night to be sworn in as President, following the death of President McKinley.
The TR Weekend will kick off on Friday, Sept. 9, with a Spaghetti Dinner, and the action will continue with a Community Dinner, and Breakfast, a Concert with Chris Shaw, an Adirondack Craft Fair, Bake Sales, Auctions, a Golf Tournament, hikes, historic tours, foot races, floatplane rides, wagon rides at Camp Santanoni, fireworks, historic presentations and more.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, the AIC will also host a special presentation at 10 a.m. on “TR the Sportsman.” The lecture will be followed by “Got Game?,” a special presentation and panel discussion on Adirondack game species for sportsmen and women.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org