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Bear Slide ~ May 10, 2012

Journal entry by Karen Burke



Bear Slide Hike by Karen Burke, substitute writer

I’m so glad we had our Thursday hike. I know I am not the only one who couldn’t do the scheduled hike on Friday – Thanks to Don and Tom for keeping us from sitting home all disappointed.

We met in Lake Luzerne and then moved all the cars to the parking lot of the Adirondack Folk School. This turned out to be a wonderful addition to our day, as we were invited in for an impromptu tour of the facility. It’s a fantastic place – we saw handmade canoes, toboggans and pack baskets, as well as a weaving room and well-equipped workshop rooms. They have classes in crafts of all kinds, with an Adirondack theme. We all took home a copy of the course catalog.

From there we carpooled to the trailhead for Bear Slide. The weather had been threatening rain all day, but from the time we set out until we were all well on our way home, not a drop fell on us. We enjoyed a scenic riverside walk, learned the identity of lots of wildflowers (thanks Lenore and Jack), saw several red efts, had lunch near the shore and then we were on our way to experience the Slides. And they were magnificent. The previous week’s rain was enough to guarantee lots of rushing water.

We welcomed a new friend to our group – Mary Ellen. She joined Linda, Lenore, Jack, Tom, Don, Ken and me on another wonderful adventure.

5/14/12 - Ken Gericke added 11 photos.

5/15/12 - Linda . added 5 photos.

16 photos



Touring the Adirondack Folk School....Lenore, Linda, Tom, Jack, Karen, Don, Our host and tour guide, and Mary Ellen - by Ken



Handmade cedar canoe at AFS - by Ken



Lovely adirondack quilt at AFS - by Ken



Looking south along the Hudson River - by Ken



Wild flowers along the hike in...this one even stumped Jack...any ideas? - by Ken



Unusual cup tree fungus - by Ken



Cascade above the slides - by Ken



Natural flume - by Ken



The Bear Slides - by Ken



Down, down, rushing towards the Hudson River - by Ken



Just taking a little break, enjoying the day...Mary Ellen, Jack, Karen, Tom, and Lenore. - by Ken



Bear Slide - Another View - by Linda



Cascade on Buttermilk Falls - by Linda



Lunch Break - L to R: Mary Ellen, Tom, Don, Ken, Karen, Lenore, Jack - by Linda



Highlighted Waterfall - by Linda



Ken's New Home - by Linda



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