Hot, humid weather continues to cast a warm blanket over the region. The heat has been accompanied by several violent thunderstorms that have left a path of destruction in their wake.
While the passing storms have provided spectacular evening entertainment with fantastic displays of chain lightning, the heavy rains have raised rivers and streams to spring levels. The lakes and ponds are full again and the fish are active.
Rivers with steep gradients such as the Ausable and the Boquet have flushed quickly, while the slower moving waterways such as the Saranac, Hudson and the Raquette, will run high for a while.
With the advent of these severe weather patterns, outdoor travelers should remain vigilant of the possibility for lightning strikes. Whether biking, hiking or on the water for any purpose, danger is omnipresent at this time of year. Get off the mountaintops, lakes, streams or rocks at the first hint of thunder and there will always be another day to enjoy.
Back to camp
"We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven" - Henry David Thoreau
I've spent most of the past week in camp, traveling through a series of lakes, rivers and ponds, where I discovered there is still a little bit of that forgotten heaven. My days have been full of paddling, fishing, hiking and swimming, while my evenings were spent around the campfire, telling tales, sharing laughs and shivering to ghost stories.
Camp is a place where we can forgive and forget the inhibitions of regular life. It is a place where we can relax and be free to shed the normal constraints of everyday society. It is a special place where we can let our guard down, be ourselves and return to our roots. We retreat to camp to escape.