Little Whiteface Mountain and Ausable River Swim

Adirondacks Day 11

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Whiteface Mountain and the ski station at the top of the gondola.

Our last day in the Adirondacks, for the foreseeable future.

We cheated and took a gondola up Little Whiteface. Under normal circumstances, that would have given us a launch-pad to ascend Whiteface itself, but the trail was closed due to drainage work being carried out in preparation for this winter’s ski season (which, I’m reliably informed, has now begun).

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Lake Placid with Moose Island and Buck Island. Moose Mountain on the right.
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Posing on the top of Little Whiteface Mountain.
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Which is imported.
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A novel use of a viewing scope.

Later, we drove to Prof S’s cousin’s place outside Keene for a family get together and picnic.

Later still, we had a bit of a swim in the Ausable River…

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The Ausable River near Keene.
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The Ausable River.

Prof A was doing a great job of organising various competitions and challenges for the two sets of DBs, involving leaping into and swimming under the water. I tried swimming upriver, but the the large boulders in the water made progress quite difficult, so eventually I abandoned that plan and had a wander up the riverbank instead, to see what I might find.

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Could be Hemp Agrimony.

And what I found, I think, was a number of wildflowers from Europe which have naturalised in the US.

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Orange Balsam?
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An Aster? This one might be native.
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Tansy?
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Purple Loosestrife – or something very like it.

I hope you’ve gathered, over the last few posts, that I really fell in love with the Adirondacks. I don’t know when I’ll be back there, but I really would like to visit again.

Fortunately, we still had a few more days of our trip to go, we’d yet to see our hosts new home in Buffalo. More to follow…

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Little Whiteface Mountain and Ausable River Swim

One thought on “Little Whiteface Mountain and Ausable River Swim

  1. All familiar names from our trip back in the 80s. I have really fond memories of that area as well. Even though they are not big mountains on a wider scale and we never actually went up high I think that’s where my love of all things mountainous really began as they were the first I remember seeing on that scale.
    And you finished of your trip with a visit to another place that has a really strong place in my childhood memories. Really looking forward to those posts.

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