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Cascade Lake, Stephens Pond, Durant Lake thru hike ~ Aug 18, 2016

Journal entry by Lenore Reber



This could be called the bad news/good news hike. Rain escorted us to Indian Lake and then ended. The restrooms were locked, but a town employee opened them. Peter and Lenore got stung by bees and then outran them. Ray lost his GPS early on the hike and then encountered a couple signing out at the Cascade register who had found it! The trail was often muddy from downpours on Tuesday which brought out multitudinous and beautiful fungi.

This is a lovely and level trail, winding through a deciduous forest, past ponds and across varied bridges. Our first crossing was the neck between Durant Lake and Rock Pond. We then climbed gently up for two miles to Cascade Pond and had lunch while enjoying time with our friends under a sunny sky and pond view. Jim, Barbara and Lenore had a relaxing and cooling swim. 

We proceeded across the two squared log bridge to find the lean-to and lose the connector trail to the Northville-Placid trail. After some searching and map checking the trail was found behind the lean-to and we discovered that we had missed it because the trail was hidden by lake outflow. When we reached the NPT we all agreed we wanted to hike the extra 1.2 miles RT to Stephens Pond, especially since it was a new trail for the Canes. This pond is particularily scenic with a huge beaver lodge amid tall grasses at one end and low mountains and whipped cream clouds at the other. It was hard to leave, but we returned up the trail to the connector and the headed northeast, down to Lake Durant, two and a half miles away.

On the way we encountered several downed trees which we could go over or under, depending on our prediliction and height. It seemed that every few steps we came across an interesting fungi and we saw numerous Indian pipes. A few of us waded in when we arrived at the  beach and then walked over to the NPT parking area to meet Peter and Fran, who were in charge of car drop-off. Of course, after this 7+ mile hike we had to stop at Stewarts for a treat and fond goo-byes until we meet again. Thank you to Peter, Jim and Ray, Fran, Lynn, JoEllen, Linda, Barbara, and Margie for joining me this day.  

8/19/16 - Lenore Reber added 8 photos. 8/26/16 - Wanderer . added 14 photos.

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9 happy hikers (and a photographer) - added by Lenore



Between Durant Lake and Rock Pond - added by Lenore



Ruffled fungus - added by Lenore



Bracket fungus - added by Lenore



Indian Pipes - added by Lenore



Papa, mama and baby fumgus - added by Lenore



Jim cooling off in Cascade Pond - added by Lenore



Lunch at last! - added by Lenore



Guess who else went swimming at lunch. - added by Lenore



Carefully crossing Cascade outlet - added by Lenore



Lost trail OR new stream? - added by Lenore



Flower fungus, but do fungi flower? - added by Lenore



Not so tasty fungus - added by Lenore



Fran having a pre-Stewarts treat - added by Lenore



Stephen's Pond lean-to - added by Lenore



Relaxing at Stephen's Pond on the Northville Placid trail - added by Lenore



Five flowers, almost as colorful as the fungi - added by Lenore



Edible? These are only a few of the fantastic fungi we saw! - added by Lenore



Wading at Durant Lake - added by Lenore



View towards Rock Pond from the bridge - added by Wanderer



Crossing the bridge between Rock Pond and Lake Durant - added by Wanderer



Lunch at Cascade Pond - Linda, Margie & Lynn - added by Wanderer



Ray - just relaxing - added by Wanderer



Fran - added by Wanderer



Bathing beauties Barbara & Lenore - and Jim - added by Wanderer



Cascade Pond - added by Wanderer



Log crossing - added by Wanderer



Barbara & Fran - added by Wanderer



Stephens Pond from our rest stop - added by Wanderer



Only 2.5 miles to go! - added by Wanderer



The group - all in a row - added by Wanderer



Visiting at the beach - added by Wanderer



Trail visitor - Fran tried to catch this rabbit and bring it home - she enjoys watching them eat her Hosta plants. Sorry that the picture is a little blurry but it must have sensed that Fran was getting ready to attempt to catch it.



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