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This summer I planned an two day “Overnight” canoe camping trip to the Essex Chain of lakes in the central Adirondack’s with “Adirondack Connections Guide & Outfitting” based in Tupper Lake, NY.

Finally after weeks of anticipation the weekend of September 25th & 26th arrived and I would set out on my journey. We drove about an hour from Tupper Lake to the parking area for the Essex Chain, from there we had to carry our packs (40lbs.) and our boats, Hornbeck boats the lightest boats in the woods 1.3 miles into our campsite on Third Lake. Setting up our camp was quick, easy and extremely remote. Camp setup complete it was time to paddle, so we launched our canoes and began to explore Third lake through Seventh lake arriving back at our campsite before sunset. Dinner cooked and consumed before darkness and then we sat quietly listening to the sounds of the woods as darkness would fall. Shortly there after turning in for the evening.

The weather called for clear and cool temps that night getting down into the high 30’s. I wound up sleeping in hiking pants, a wool shirt with a pair of thin gloves for my hands, I was extremely comfortable during the night. To my disbelief I slept just over 10 hours that night something I never do at home.

We awoke the next morning to fog hovering over the lakes. The warmth of the sun rapidly burning it off providing us another amazing day on the Essex Chain. This morning we would explore Second and First Lake and the outlet from First lake leading towards the Cedar River. However low water and an abundance of large beaver damns stopped us about 1.5 miles in.

After exploring we made our way back to camp, packed up and began the 1.3 mile carry out ending an amazing experience in a beautiful place.

If a trip like this interests you or another type of trip say hiking, snowshoeing, etc please visit Lynn Malerba at http://adirondackconnections.com/

Lynn is an amazing guide and really will work with her clients so they have the best possible experience.

Cheers!

Essex Chain 5th Lake with (Polaris Mountain) in the Distance September 25th 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Essex Chain 5th Lake with (Polaris Mountain) in the Distance September 25th 2015.
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Exploring the outlet on First Lake Essex Chain September 26th 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Exploring the outlet on First Lake Essex Chain September 26th 2015.
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Lynn Malerba of “Adirondack Connections Guide & Outfitting” leads us across Third lake on September 26th 2015.
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Navigating over one of the many obstacles on the First lake outlet September 26th 2015. Image: Adirondack Connections Guide & Outfitting

Navigating over one of the many obstacles on the First lake outlet September 26th 2015.
Image: Adirondack Connections Guide & Outfitting

Paddling Second lake on the Essex Chain September 26th 2015. Image: Adirondack Connections Guide & Outfitting

Paddling Second lake on the Essex Chain September 26th 2015.
Image: Adirondack Connections Guide & Outfitting

Navigating over one of four beaver damns on the First lake outlet September 26th 2015. Image: Adirondack Connections Guide & Outfitting

Navigating over one of four beaver damns on the First lake outlet September 26th 2015.
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Paddling from 4th to 5th lake September 25th 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Paddling from 4th to 5th lake September 25th 2015.
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4th lake Essex Chain September 25th 2015. © Joe Geronimo

4th lake Essex Chain September 25th 2015.
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Gooley Club Third Lake Essex Chain September 25th 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Gooley Club Third Lake Essex Chain September 25th 2015.
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Sunrise on Third lake Essex Chain September 26th 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Sunrise on Third lake Essex Chain September 26th 2015.
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Third lake Essex Chain September 25th 2015. © Joe Geronimo

Third lake Essex Chain September 25th 2015.
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