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Clear and John Pond Loop Hike ~ Sep 20, 2018

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber



Fourth time was the charm. Hurricane Florence failed to materialize here so we hiked on a cool, partly sunny day. We gradually ascended the old trail, with a new diversion to avoid a muddy spot. Clear Pond lived up to its name, calm and lovely, showing a bare rock entrance into the lake, as well as reflecting the surrounding woods and sky. We paused there for a lemon bar snack while considering swimming possibilities. After retracing our steps a little, the new trail to the John Pond led us gradually up and down through a variety of woodland.

We took a short side walk to John Pond past an old fish dam. Many Canes found suitable log and rock sites for lunch, with a view across the way of bulging cliffs and early fall foliage. The third leg of our hike soon led to a side trail to the graves of two young victims of the diptheria epidemic of the 1890's. We tried to imagine this quiet, wooded and secluded area as a bustling logging and farming community of Canadian immigrants 125 years ago. Passing through pine groves, by old beaver meadows, and high above a stoney stream, we came to the beginning of the trail and and the end of our five mile trek through Indian Lake country.

Thanks to Peter and Linda, Kurt and Diane, Jim and Ruth, Dean and Joan, Rich and Barbara, Kevin, Karen, Margie, Cathy, Donna, Pat, Linda P., Gail, Mary, Katie, Bonnie, Shelley, Don, and Lori for joining us.  

9/25/18 - Wanderer . added 17 photos.

10/2/18 - Diane Wisell added 4 photos.

37 photos



Fourth try, 26 Canes, 10 cars, we're ready!



Our professional photographer at work.



What are they looking at?



Turkey tail fungus



Donna and Mary admiring Clear Pond



Looking over a beaver lodge to the site of our lemon bar break.



Lori pointing to a pileated diner.



What is that dark critter stalking the Canes?



Sun-dappled trail



A convivial lunch



Lakeside lunch



John Pond



Secluded lean-to



Karen and Linda reflecting on life and death in abandoned communities.



Hiking through the final meadow before trail's end.



Wood Nymphs - added by Cathy



Gathering for the start on Wilderness Lane - added by Wanderer



Choices – we’re doing the loop - added by Wanderer



Not lunch yet – just a break on the shore of Clear Pond - added by Wanderer



Reflection on Clear Pond - added by Wanderer



Ruth and Jim enjoying the break - added by Wanderer



Visiting along the trail – where are the men? - added by Wanderer



Random birches along the shore of Clear Pond - added by Wanderer



Margie, the birthday girl, wondering where our trail-clearing axe-man Steve is! - added by Wanderer



Interesting crags above John Pond - added by Wanderer



View of John Pond from our lunch spot - added by Wanderer



Linda P, Cathy and Pat - added by Wanderer



Don and Bonnie - added by Wanderer



Happy Anniversary- Barbara & Rich! - added by Wanderer



I looked real hard and finally found this single tree in full color – but it won’t be long when they will all be ablaze! - added by Wanderer



Jim next to the sign directing visitors to the gravesites of Peter Savarie & Eliza A King …. - added by Wanderer



… brother and sister who died in the diphtheria epidemic of 1897 (see Final Thoughts section) - added by Wanderer



Their graves - added by Wanderer



Clear Pond - added by Diane



Late bloomer! - added by Diane



A little known species and quite rare in the Adirondacks, the Reticulated Birch Python. Note the very dark tail, stained from this species's hunting strategy of supporting itself upright by plunging its tail into the soil and striking from a position above its primary prey, hikers. - added by Diane



Mr. Fedorick has become a Sneaky Pete! He stood motionless, waiting for the right photo of us eating lunch. We all watched the whole time, thinking he was a skinny legged wading bird! - added by Diane




For those of you who are interested in history here are two links to sites offering greater detail in the history of “Little Canada” and the diphtheria epidemic of 1897 that took the lives of Peter Savarie and Eliza A King:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/where-family-lives-on

https://prfamerica.org/2005/ReportOnLittleCanada.html

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