Autumn in the Air

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Cool and crisp as an Autumn morning should be. This morning my cars thermometer read 38 degrees as I drove the backroads to Nanticoke lake. Arriving under a blanket of fog and now 35 degree temperatures it was time to unload my canoe and hit the water. My friend Don from Ithaca who I met last summer while paddling another area lake was joining me as well on this small hidden gem near Center Lisle. The fog seemed to roll across the lake as a slight wind kept the water from being glass like. Right before the 0659 sunrise the Canadian Navy (Canadian Geese) were doing maneuvers as well as the local beavers. One beaver in particular wasn’t too fond of me being close to his lodge and thought it would be fun to try and splash me with a few “THWACKS” of his tail, he was unsuccessful! I did however slowly back away to witness the three of them playing and pushing one another around for a short while.

The sun had finally broke over the tree tops creating pockets of beautiful color along the shoreline. The color is definitely beginning to show here and it made for a nice backdrop for a beautiful setting.

At 46 acres with a maximum depth of 20 feet, sitting at 1,400 feet of elevation, Nanticoke lake was originally constructed in the 1970’s with the intention of establishing a wild, self sustaining brook trout fishery similar to those found in the Adirondacks. Unfortunately, due to low dissolved oxygen levels in the summer months, brook trout survival was extremely limited.

Notes: From the parking area to the lake is a 1/4 mile carry on a well maintained trail. Having a 17lb canoe made this extremely easy, however Don used a set of canoe wheels to wheel in his canoe into the lake.

Early morning on Nanticoke lake September 28th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo.

Early morning on Nanticoke lake September 28th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo.

Don Welch taking in the Autumn beauty on Nanticoke lake September 28th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo.

Don Welch taking in the Autumn beauty on Nanticoke lake September 28th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo.

Blue Heron on Nanticoke lake September 28th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo.

Blue Heron on Nanticoke lake September 28th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo.

#TBT: July 18th 2008

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Max aboard the M/S Mt. Washington as we crossed lake Winnipesaukee from Laconia to Wolfeboro, NH on July 18th 2008. Image © Joe Geronimo

Max aboard the M/S Mt. Washington as we crossed lake Winnipesaukee from Laconia to Wolfeboro, NH on July 18th 2008. Image © Joe Geronimo

Max had to abandon his Mets hat and camouflage himself in order not to be thrown overboard by crazy Red Sox fans… Actually he is really trying to annoy his Yankee loving family members. Let’s Go Mets!!!!!!!!!

Prints for Sale: Adirondack High Peaks

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I’m offering two different prints of the Adirondack High Peaks for sale. These images are sized at 10″X20″ and look amazing when printed. These prints will make a wonderful addition to your home or office.

Each print cost is $45.00 which includes shipping within the continental United States. Outside the United States there will be an additional cost dependent on where you are. Please contact me for shipping information if you are outside the USA.

Payment information and instructions: Payments will be made through Paypal to: annarborrailroad@hotmail.com Please specify which image and finish you would like in the message area of Paypal.

Please note: It usually takes 7-10 days to receive your item once the order is placed.

Finishes available:

Glossy, Matte, Luster and Metallic

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Olympic Ski Jump

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Adirondack Loj Road

Bicentennial Barns: Madison County NY

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I’m a huge fan of Bicentennial barns painted by Scott Hagan “http://barnartist.com” of Ohio. From 1997 to September 2002, the Ohio Bicentennial Committee commissioned artist Scott Hagan of Belmont County to paint a barn in each county with the committee’s logo and colors. Nearly 2,000 barn owners volunteered their barns to be painted. In the end, Hagan painted 101 barns freehand, including one in each county. One was destroyed by a tornado shortly after its painting and was replaced. The barn painting program was conceived as a cost-effective way to advertise: each barn cost $1,500 to paint, about $500 less than the rent for a billboard. The painted barns celebrated the state’s 200th anniversary in 2003. By 2013, many of the painted barns had faded or been repainted or torn down. Hagan went on to paint barn advertisements across the country.

Between 2004-2006 16 barns were painted with the Madison County Bicentennial Logo by Hagan. In 2006 Madison County celebrated its Bicentennial. There are 15 barns one in each of the Counties towns and the city of Oneida. Bicentennial barns give people the chance to witness the work of a master and curator of a lost American art form.

On August 20th while traveling in Madison County I had the the opportunity to photograph 4 of the 16 barns. My plan is to photograph the remaining barns over the next year or so.

Cheers!

Madison County Bicentennial barn 3232 Route-13 Cazenovia, NY August 20t 2016. ©Joe Geronimo

Madison County Bicentennial barn 3232 Route-13 Cazenovia, NY August 20t 2016. ©Joe Geronimo

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Madison County Bicentennial Barn East Lake Road DeRuyter, NY August 20th 2016. © Joe Geronimo

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Madison County Bicentennial barn Route 20 Eaton, NY August 20th 2016. ©Joe Geronimo

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Madison County Bicentennial barn Route 12B Madison, NY August 20th 2016. This barn is enormous! ©Joe Geronimo

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Madison County Bicentennial barn Route 12B Madison, NY August 20th 2016. This barn is enormous! ©Joe Geronimo

#TBT: Tamworth New Hampshire July 10th 2014

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In July 2014 we traveled to Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine on our summer vacation. We trailered our kayaks with us hoping to hit several lakes on our journey through New England. We’ve been to Chocorura lake in Tamworh, NH before but never kayaked it. This would be our first stop on our trip to paddle. Chocorura lake is a small lake of only 222 acres and is quaintly nestled below the 3,478′ Mount Chocorura.

With our kayaks unloaded and final preparations being made I discovered I totally forgot my paddle! Yes we had drove hundreds of miles to this pristine place and I forgot my paddle. I was upset to say the least. Anyhow Julie and the boys launched and I just watched form the shoreline. Later that evening we had arrived in Lincoln, NH and I was able to purchase a new paddle for the remainder of our vacation.

Cheers!

MAx paddles Chocorura lake in Tamworth, NH on July 10th 2014. © Joe Geronimo

MAx paddles Chocorura lake in Tamworth, NH on July 10th 2014. © Joe Geronimo

Julie & Michael paddle Chocorura lake in Tamworth, NH on July 10th 2014. © Joe Geronimo

Julie & Michael paddle Chocorura lake in Tamworth, NH on July 10th 2014. © Joe Geronimo

With new paddle in hand we are on Profile lake in Franconia Notch State Park the next day July 11th 2014. © Joe Geronimo

With new paddle in hand we are on Profile lake in Franconia Notch State Park the next day July 11th 2014. © Joe Geronimo

Saranac Lake New York

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Ever since I laid eyes on the Old Town Cayuga 146 (14′ 6″) kayak I was in love. However I was just simply too fat to fit in the boat. Old Town stopped making this boat a few years ago and they are almost impossible to find used. Early this spring I discovered that St. Regis Canoe Outfitters of Saranac Lake use them in their rental fleet and occasionally they will sell one or two.

As luck would have it a Cayuga 146 complete with rudder did come available and I immediately reserved it and made my trek north. The weather in Saranac Lake today was absolutely perfect, a cool 38 degrees this morning when I woke. I picked up my boat right after they opened and shortly I was on Lake Flower.

Paddling along gazing at the serenity, making a few adjustments to my seat a gentleman in a beautiful Eddyline kayak came up upon me and asked me where I was headed. I promptly said “I Have no clue”.  He introduced himself as “Dave” and offered for me to tag along. Dave would guide me along from Lake Flower, Oseetah Lake to the lower locks & dam where Oseetah and the Saranac River meet. According to my map we paddled about 9 miles down and back. As an added bonus to me this section is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, adding a few miles in my ongoing quest to complete the 740 mile route in pieces.

I love this boat! Super comfortable, fast and tracks pretty darn well and has a ton of storage for a multiple day camping trip. One last impression was that I’ve been using my 17lb Hornbeck canoe for sometime now so this 50Lb kayak was an eye opener.

Looking forward to getting some more miles in this sweet thing here real shortly.

Lower Locks & Dam Oseetah Lake to Saranac River September 3rd 2016

Lower Locks & Dam Oseetah Lake to Saranac River September 3rd 2016

Dave & I Oseetah Lake Adirondacks September 3rd 2016

Dave & I Oseetah Lake Adirondacks September 3rd 2016

Dave & I Oseetah Lake Saranac Lake NY September 3rd 2016

Dave & I Oseetah Lake Saranac Lake NY September 3rd 2016

Oseetah Lake Saranac Lake NY September 3rd 2016

Oseetah Lake Saranac Lake NY September 3rd 2016

Saranac Lake NY September 3rd 2016

Saranac Lake NY September 3rd 2016

 

Flashback Friday: August 26th 2012

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Long Trail Brewing Bridgewater Corners, VT August 26th 2012.

Long Trail Brewing Bridgewater Corners, VT August 26th 2012.

Four years ago to the date the boys and I were on our annual guys trip to Vermont. It has been a standing tradition that we always stop at Long Trail Brewing for lunch on our journey. This morning we embarked on yet another annual guys trip.

Cheers!