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Old 10-13-2018, 10:08 AM   #1
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MRP, ADKS trip, Fall 2018

I visited the MRP last week to have some quiet / chill out time as well as to hopefully spend some time behind the camera. I had planned a series of night hikes around the ADKs based on some planning I'd done for the Milky Way and star trails - but when the weather forecasted to gray / overcast / rain I decided to basecamp and take some quiet time.

I arrived at MRP from Burlington on Sunday afternoon. Camped at a site on the little knob @ Sumner Stream.

Peak by Mike, on Flickr

Tarptent Moment by Mike, on Flickr

The site was a complete mess - there was food in the fire pit, garbage all around - I had a garbage bag so I cleaned up and then headed for Helldiver Pond at dusk, then settled in with a fire and some dinner until I started dozing off in my camp chair.

Helldiver Pond, Moose River Plains, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

Colors were just starting to peak - but over the next two days it would be hard to tell with the gray clouds shrouding the hills. The light was beautiful, regardless, and I had a great time staring at ponds, watching clouds and mists, sitting in front of the campfire and re-charging.

In the morning I made my way down to the bridge at Sumner Stream and watched the mist roll over the hills, then went to Icehouse Pond and did some exploring by car. I also had to send a critical work email (even though I was out of the office) - so I made my way to Inlet for a second coffee and sent my email from the donut shop. Got my work done, and then was back to the land of no-cell coverage.

Misty Morning Mountains by Mike, on Flickr

Ice House Pond, Moose River Plains, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

I drove down to the end of Indian Lake Road and walked to Squaw Lake, sat aside the water for a long time and enjoyed the quiet.

Squaw Lake, Moose River Plains, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

Driftwood, Squaw Lake, Moose River Plains, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

Rock, Texture by Mike, on Flickr

Creek, Moose River Plains, off Indian Lake Road by Mike, on Flickr

I stopped along the way back at the bridge over Otter Brook and wandered (the now empty) campsite.

Rock, Otter Brook, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

Then made my way back to my site to rive some kindling and eat some lunch.

Riving Kindling by Mike, on Flickr

Tarptent, Leaves by Mike, on Flickr

I was hoping for some color at sunset, and planned to hike to Mitchell Ponds. The clouds were thick as I set out…

White Snag, Moose River Plains, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr


Abandoned, Mitchell Ponds, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

The ponds were lovely. I sat on the dock and snacked, watch the light change, and then explored over to the north side. The sunset never developed - so I sat and enjoyed the quiet - just me and the loons, and a tree fell somewhere on the south shore - scared the crap out of me!

Mitchell Ponds Panorama, Moose River Plains, Adirondack by Mike, on Flickr

Mitchell Ponds, Moose River Plains, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

Boulder, Mitchell Ponds by Mike, on Flickr

On the way back a Barred Owl flew over my head… and then sat still for a portrait.

Barred Owl(2) by Mike, on Flickr

The next morning I packed up and headed out - I drove a loop up through Blue Mountain Lake and then back towards Vermont on Blue Ridge Road. I stopped at Henderson Lake and watched the morning light.

Hudson River, Fall, Adirondacks by Mike, on Flickr

Henderson Lake, Misty Morning, Adirondacks, NY by Mike, on Flickr

The color along the road was wonderful…

Two, Adirondacks Trees and Reflection by Mike, on Flickr

Pond, Reflections, Adirondacks (wide) by Mike, on Flickr
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:36 AM   #2
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Real nice pics............it sounds like my-kind of a nice, relaxing excursion. MRP is one of my favorite places in the world.............
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:48 AM   #3
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Thank you for the excellent photos. I enjoyed them.
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Old 10-13-2018, 01:52 PM   #4
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very nice TR and great pics!!! i'll be spending all tomorrow going from MRP to Henderson, hope there will be some leaves left!
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:52 PM   #5
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Someone a while back wondered what there is to do in the MRP except sit at the fire and drink beer. Glad to see you discovered some of the "hidden gemstones", many that are not even that far to walk to. I have camped many times at the site adjacent to Sumner, and overlooking the beaver flow (lately) on Benedict Brook, and because it is a pretty site with its views of Mitchell Ponds Mt and is literally right on the road, it is often pretty trashy, so I'm always filling at least part of a trashbag to get it useable. Thanks for cleaning up after the cuchinos!
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:46 PM   #6
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Really nice images!
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:51 PM   #7
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Thanks for posting, those are beautiful pictures. The reflections are especially nice.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:21 PM   #8
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Absolutely wonderful pictures. Great trip report as well.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:37 PM   #9
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Great report and photos! Pretty sure I have run across that white snag in a few other places while fishing...
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:01 PM   #10
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Thank you everyone, was a wonderful time to chill and just enjoy the quiet. My Milky Way / night sky adventures / hike will have to wait for next year.

A few more:

Tree, trail to Helldiver Pond by Mike, on Flickr

Mitchell Ponds Panorama, Moose River Plains, Adirondack by Mike, on Flickr

Fall by Mike, on Flickr
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:39 PM   #11
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What a great peaceful trip.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:03 PM   #12
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it's a great time to be in the woods, any woods.
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:52 AM   #13
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I really enjoyed the photos and your trip report. I was planning a trip up to Lows this weekend to do much the same, but work obligations got in the way. Viewing your photos and reading your trip report was the next best thing. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks, beautiful photos!
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:45 PM   #16
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Thanks again everyone.

Another one, from Wakely Pond - short lens - but fairly certain the bird was a bald eagle.

Eagle, Tree, Wakely Pond by Mike, on Flickr
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Excellent photos, you've got all winners there!
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Someone a while back wondered what there is to do in the MRP except sit at the fire and drink beer. Glad to see you discovered some of the "hidden gemstones", many that are not even that far to walk to. I have camped many times at the site adjacent to Sumner, and overlooking the beaver flow (lately) on Benedict Brook, and because it is a pretty site with its views of Mitchell Ponds Mt and is literally right on the road, it is often pretty trashy, so I'm always filling at least part of a trashbag to get it useable. Thanks for cleaning up after the cuchinos!
Sitting at the fire is a worthy pursuit on its own. Sitting at a pond, listening to a stream, watching the clouds - also all worthy pursuits.

I canít drink beer anymore (food allergy issues) and I over did the cider and maple vodka a few nights before with friends - so I had water and coffee this trip. Second night I made some coffee upon returning from Mitchell Ponds and sat up until the fire burned down - did some reading with the headlamp, thinking about my father, life, photography, hiking, and the state of our word. I left with more questions than answers, but I did firm up some things Iíd been letting coalesce for quite awhile.
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Excellent photos, you've got all winners there!
Thank you. Always enjoy your images and reports.

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Old 10-17-2018, 11:55 PM   #20
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Great pics I was down near Onchiota over our thanksgiving weekend, -2 C ish Friday night and foggy sat and sun. Great pics and a wonderful time to reflect. A milestone for me was retiring earlier in the year and deciding I was going to revive my still water fly fishing techniques I used in England more than 20 years ago. My limited experience of bank fishing over the week end is I think a boat of some sort is needed pack boat or float tube, I will be asking on the appropriate thread. What I will remark on was the friendliness of a few anglers I met (not that I should be surprised its a sort of universal language).

any way thanks for the report made me smile
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