In the May issue of the Explorer, Alan Wechsler writes about competing in the the Wilmington Whiteface 100-kilometer (62-mile) bike race last June. The race goes from the base of Whiteface Mountain to Elizabethtown and back. The event is a qualifier for the Leadville 100, a famous mountain bike race that is set in the Colorado Rockies. Above are some photos of the 2018 Wilmington Whiteface race.
The town of Franklin used a NYSERDA grant to build a solar array in Kate Mountain Park off of state Route 3 in Vermontville. The solar panels will be used to power Franklin’s town hall, highway garage, and park facilities. These photos of the panels were taken in April.
Canoeist Marty Plante paddled a 13-mile section of the Cedar River near the village of Indian Lake last fall. He returned in early April to revisit a section to get some photos, but he found the river locked up with ice. So he went upstream and found some open water a few rapids to run. Above are some photos I took of him from that trip. An article describing his 13-mile journey can be found in the May issue of the Explorer.
Adirondack Wilderness Advocates came together during the Boreas Pond classification hearings, and even though that debate is in the past, its members plan to stick together to work together on future issues.
The ice went out on Lake George on April 13.
I got a call earlier this week from a man who says a cougar in late March on state Route 28n in Minerva, a quiet area in the central Adirondacks.
In recent years, the number of black bears with mange appears to be on the rise in several Northeastern states, including New York and Pennsylvania, according to the DEC. As a result, wildlife biologists throughout the Northeast are monitoring the situation more closely, and searching for potential treatment options.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is advising the public to be alert for two captive black bears that escaped from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington.
Rangers respond to injured hiker near Lake George and wildfires downstate.
Trout fishing season opened on Monday. As is often the norm in the northern Adirondacks, wintery conducts persisted so there was very little open water for anglers.