If the appearance of sap buckets hanging off the maple trees is any indication, it appears that spring has nearly arrived. Following several days of brilliant sunshine, the warm, snow sucking, winds have laid bare most south facing slopes, although there is still plenty of snow left in the woods to entertain both skiers and snowshoers alike.
But, soon the rivers will run high as the ice departs the ponds and a new season will welcome Adirondack anglers to water's edge. We'll trade our ski poles for fishing poles, our Ski Doos for canoes and the hunt for the season's first brookie will commence.
Although it's not likely the ponds will be free of ice by April 1, the first day of trout season, it looks to be an early ice out if weather patterns hold true.
For anglers seeking a bit of a pre-season adrenaline rush, before shelving the skis and switching to poles, the 2010 Flyfishing Film Tour will be hosted this Saturday, March 13 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 7. Get there early, as there will be a raffle and silent auction featuring equipment, lessons and guided trips. Ticket prices for the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Call Jones Outfitters in Lake Placid at 523-3468 for tickets
The Adirondack Curriculum Project
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Adirondack Day at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The event was a gathering of students and their teachers hailing from several local school systems ranging from Potsdam to Newcomb, to Indian Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and beyond.
The purpose of the event was to allow students, spanning the range of grades from elementary to senior high, to share a variety of projects they had completed under the auspices of the Adirondack Curriculum Project Challenges.